No. 4 Barry wins 5-4 against No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic in two-day match
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- No. 4 Barry overcame a 4-2 deficit to knock off No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic0 5-4 on Saturday, ending the NCAA defending champion’s 42-match win streak.
“It feels amazing, but on the same page, we have to step it up,” senior Max Wimmer said after beating 18th-ranked Sven Lalic, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 4 singles to clinch the victory for the Buccaneers. “But it feels great. It was a great team effort from everybody.”
Barry (15-0) became first team to beat Armstrong (12-1) since the Buccaneers did so in the 2011 NCAA Tennis Championships Round of 16.
The Buccaneers led 2-1 after doubles play Friday. Barry’s No. 2-ranked team of Marco Mokrzycki and Fabian Groetsch handed the No. 1 duo in the country, Georgi Rumenov and Daniel Regan, its first loss this year when the Bucs duo pulled out an 8-6 battle at the top pairs flight.
Romain Costamagna and Leo Vivas duked out another 8-6 win against Matus Mydla and Jaan Kononov at No. 3 doubles. Armstrong’s No. 9-ranked Pedro Scocuglia and Lalic overcame a test at No. 2 doubles to beat Wimmer and Ollie Lemaitre 8-6.
But rain soaked the courts following Friday’s completion of doubles, forcing both teams to reconvene Saturday morning to finish the match.
After dropping the Nos. 2, 5 and 3 singles matches – the latter two in three sets – Barry found itself in a 4-2 hole. Lemaitre did his part in bouncing back from a second-set loss by winning the third set in a 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 victory against Pablo Gor at No. 6.
Mokrzycki, who put together his best weekend of the season, delivered for the Bucs by rallying to knock off the No. 1-ranked singles player in the country in his 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 win against the previously unbeaten Rumenov. That tied the match at four.
“I’m very glad I could play well yesterday and today,” Mokrzycki said, who improved to 8-2 overall and 5-2 against nationally ranked. “Yesterday was very tough, and we were able to pull it off [in doubles]. I’m just glad I that I could play very well, and play my best tennis.”
With the match squared at four team victories apiece, it all boiled down to No. 4 singles, where Wimmer and Lalic were in another three-set battle. Wimmer used a cross-court winner to take a 4-3 lead in the final set. He and Lalic then swapped the next two games to give him a 5-4 lead with a chance to close it out on the serve.
Wimmer used a cross-court winner, a couple unforced errors by Lalic and an ace to seal the Buccaneers victory.