Rematch set for title contest
Bucs and Blazers battle for crown for second consecutive year
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Fifth-ranked Barry went up 3-0 in doubles and held on to beat No. 3 Concordia (N.Y.) to move onto its fourth consecutive NCAA national championship match.
The win against the Clippers in the semifinals is the second in as many years for the Buccaneers in the national tournament. Last season, Barry downed Concordia 5-0 to move to the national title match.
In doubles action, the Bucs took three points to take a huge advantage heading into singles. At flight two, the strong play of No. 35 Marco Mokrzycki and Quentin Vachez continued as the Bucs broke the Clippers twice to take an 8-4 win against the No. 28 team of Tamas Dobrotka and Geza Bazula.
Moments later, Sergio Velez and Ollie Lemaitre took an 8-4 win at No. 3, beating Andreas Lindell and David Tisserand. The Bucs took four of the final five games.
Barry stayed perfect in doubles when the fifth-ranked team of Emanuel Fraitzl and Max Wimmer downed No. 7 Andrey Boldarev and Daniele Piludu 8-5 at the top flight. The Bucs went up 3-0 before Concordia took consecutive games. The Bucs were strong down the stretch, breaking the Clippers in game nine to help them to the win.
In singles action, the Bucs struck first at the No. 3 slot where Mokrzycki beat Bazula in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.
Concordia struck back, taking two points to go down 4-2 at Nos. 4 and 5. At No. 4, Tisserand beat Velez 6-3, 6-3. At No. 5, Dobrotka beat Lemaitre 7-5, 6-3.
The race for the final point came down to flights 1, 2 and 6. At No. 1, Emanuel Friatzl was in his third set against No. 9 Boldarev. Wimmer was in his second set against No. 27 Piludu at No. 2, and Romain Costamagna was in his third set at No. 6 with Lindell.
It would be senior captain Fraitzl who took the winning point. Fraitzl moved on to take the third set by three points, winning 6-2, 3-6, 5-2.
Wimmer and Costamagna’s matches went unfinished. After going down 4-0 in his first set and storming back to win it 7-5, Wimmer was up 5-0 in his second set against No. 27 Piludu when the match ended. Costamagna took the first set 6-1, dropped the second 7-6 (8-6), and was tied 6-6 in the third.
With the win, the Bucs move on to the national championship match Saturday against a familiar opponent in the second-ranked Valdosta State Blazers. Last season, Bucs won their first-ever national championship in a come-from-behind 5-4 win against the Blazers.