No. 2 AASU def. No. 4 Barry, 6-3
Pirates win four of five singles matches in straight sets
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. - In a matchup of the last two Division II national champions, second-ranked Armstrong Atlantic claimed a 6-3 win over defending champion and fourth-ranked Barry on Friday.
The Pirates (20-0) stayed unbeaten on the season heading into Saturday's regular season finale, while Barry (15-6) saw its seven-match win streak come to an end.
Barry, who knocked the Pirates out of the 2010 NCAA National Championships in the quarterfinals, started strong by taking a 2-1 lead after doubles. The Bucs' (15-6) Quentin Vachez and Marco Mokrzycki knocked off Pedro Scocuglia and Matus Mydla 8-5 at No. 2, while Sergio Velez and Ollie Lemaitre remained unbeaten with an 8-4 win over Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan at No. 3.
At the top spot, the Bucs’ fourth-ranked pair Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer could not handle the nation’s top team of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja, as the Pirates claimed their only doubles point.
In singles, however, AASU proved too much for the Bucs, winning five of six matches. Velez salvaged the only win for Barry, beating Regan in a super-set after splitting the first two. Regan won the first set, 6-4, but Velez rebounded to even the match with a 6-3 win, then prevailed in the super-set, 11-9.
The Pirates, winners of the 2008 and 2009 NCAA DII championships, took four of the five singles wins in straight sets. Top-ranked Bonet defeated No. 26 Wimmer, 6-2, 7-6 (2) at No. 1 singles; No. 24-ranked Mydla beat No. 44 Mokrzycki, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3 singles; No. 25-ranked Array bested Vachez, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 5 singles, and Scocuglia downed Lemaitre, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 6 singles.
No. 4 Irdoja needed three sets to topple sixth-ranked Fraitzl at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.