No. 4 Lynn surges past No. 3 Barry
Fighting Knights finish 6-0 in Sunshine State Conference play
BOCA RATON, Fla. -- No. 4 Lynn defeated No. 3 Barry 6-3 in the Sunshine State Conference finale on Wednesday.
The victory moves Lynn to 15-2 overall and a perfect 6-0 in SSC play.
Max Kouyate and Amaury Van Haelen faced Barry’s No. 13 duo of Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas at number two doubles. The Lynn combo held strong but could not find a weakness in the Barry team and fell 8-6.
Less than five minutes after the completion of number two doubles, the Italian combo of Luca Pavanelli and Alessio Iannozzi knotted the overall match at one in the third doubles flight.
Pavanelli-Iannozzi went up 7-3 but Barry’s Romain Costamanga and Ollie Lemaitre broke the Knights and made it a 7-5 match. Lynn’s tandem then posted an 8-5 win after Pavanelli served for the win.
With the overall match tied at one, Lynn’s top team of No. 3 Willi Wolfer and Vlad Cirla found themselves in a close match up 5-4. After Cirla held serve and Lynn broke Barry’s top team, Wolfer closed out the match to amass an 8-4 win agaomst Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch to give the Fighting Knights the 2-1 advantage going into singles play.
Iannozzi manufactured the first point in singles play with a 6-1, 6-0 drumming of Schmidt at number four singles to make it a 3-1 tilt in favor of the Fighting Knights.
Shortly after Iannozzi’s match, No. 18 Cirla made quick work of No. 27 Groetsch with at 6-3, 6-4 win at number two singles.
In the fifth singles flight, Ben Kendall fell in straight sets to Vivas 6-4, 6-1 to make it a 4-2 game still in favor of the Fighting Knights.
At the top singles flight, No. 8 Wolfer fell in the first set 6-3 to No. 11 Mokrzycki then dropped behind 3-2 in the second set. Wolfer then collected the next two point to take a 4-3 advantage in the second set. Mokrzycki then tied the match at 6-6 to send it to the tie breaker.
In the tiebreaker, the top singles players found themselves tied at four before Mokrzycki tallied the next three points to win the tiebreaker and the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Mokrzycki’s victory pulled the Buccaneers within one point.
After claiming a 6-2 win in set one, Van Haelen fell 6-4 in set two to Lemaitre at number five singles. The third set fell to 4-4 before Van Haelen broke Lemaitre to go within one point of a match win.
With a 5-4 lead in set three and serving for the match, Van Haelen fell behind 40-15 . The Belgian then fought off two game points, came out with the set win by defeating Lematre 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 and gave LU the overall match victory with its fifth overall point.
Lynn’s No. 36 Pavanelli suffered a 6-3 loss in set number one to Costamanga at number three singles then rallied back with a 6-0 win in set two. Heading into the third set before Van Haelen’s match reached completion, Pavanelli held serve and went up 4-3.
Pavanelli then rolled to the victory by breaking Costamagna and holding serve to collect a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win and finish the overall match with Lynn’s 6-3 win.