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DII: No. 1 Barry beats No. 8 Saint Leo

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Top-ranked Barry beat No. 8 Saint Leo 8-1 on Saturday. The win improved the Buccaneers' record to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Saint Leo fell to 3-2, 1-2 in the league.

It was a match filled with tiebreakers and third sets, and the Buccaneers got the better end of the Lions in all nearly all of them.

Barry's No. 1 doubles team of Ahmed Triki and Ollie Lemaitre got by Aloua Adjenak and Fons Verberne 8-6. Saint Leo's No. 2 pair of Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier defeated Leo Vivas and Romain Costamagna 8-6. Barry won the No. 3 match as Kevin Sielmann and Renato Lombardi beat Ismail Lemtouni and Bruno Sisti, 8-5.

At No. 1 singles, Triki defeated Sisti, 7-5, 6-2. Costamagna gutted out a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win against Nicholson-Lewis at No. 2 singles. Barry's Nico Dreer needed a third-set super tiebreaker to beat Adjenak 5-7, 7-4, 10-6, at No. 3

Vivas, ranked No. 37, also needed three sets to pull out a 0-6, 6-3, 6-0 win against the 50th-ranked Lemtouni at No. 4. At No. 5 singles, Lemaitre needed a first-set tiebreaker to beat Lozier 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Lombardi beat Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio 7-5, 6-3, at No. 6.

No. 6 Concordia (N.Y.) 8, Merrimack 1

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Sixth-ranked Concordia (N.Y.) hosted Merrimack on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference East Regional match in the Meyers Tennis Center. Concordia would go on to take an 8-1 victory as the Warriors' lone win came against the No. 1 doubles duo in NCAA Division II.

The duo of Matt Pronesti and Chris Barnhart for Merrimack would cause an upset on the courts as they defeated the duo of junior Benas Majauskas and senior Daniele Piludu 8-6, in the No. 1 match.

The Clippers were able to capture the other two doubles matches as No. 25-ranked junior Juuso Ojanen and freshman Pulat Babadjanov defeated Vince Bellino and James Barnhar in the No. 2 match, 8-2. Concordia senior Ricardo Frey and sophomore Rafael Ferreira concluded doubles play with an 8-4 victory against Miguel Belfort and Nick Majewski in the No. 3 match to give the Clippers a 2-1 overall lead going into singles play.

Concordia would take five of the six singles matches in straight sets. No. 4-ranked Ojanen defeated Belfort 6-1, 6-1 in the No. 1 match while No. 5-ranked Piludu defeated Chris Barnhart 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 3 match. Babadjanov dominated his No. 6 match with a 6-0, 6-0 win against Majewski.

The No. 4 match of sophomore Ofir Ginat would go in favor of the Clippers 6-3, 6-2 against James Barnhart while Ferreira secured a 6-3, 6-1 win in the No. 5 match against Bellino.

Majauskas' match would be the final one of the afternoon as he would fall in the first set 4-6 against Matt Lipinski and then bounced back with a 6-0 victory in the second set to force a third set super tiebreaker. Majauskas would continue to battle and took the match after securing a 10-4 decision as Concordia earned the 8-1 win against Merrimack.

No. 10 Columbus State 5, No. 20 GRU Augusta 3

COLUMBUS, Ga. -- Tenth-ranked Columbus State began Peach Belt Conference play with a bang taking down 20th-ranked GRU Augusta 5-3 on Saturday afternoon. The match took place at the Mary V. Blackmon Center on the campus of Columbus State.

GRU Augusta (4-1, 0-1 PBC) made things a little tough for the Cougars as the Jaguars won two of the three doubles matches to go ahead 2-1. In a top 10 showdown, seventh-ranked Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes edged ninth-ranked Adi Malicbegovic and Marco Almorin in a very tight 9-8 match. The Jaguars made it 2-0 after an 8-5 win against Michael Trebuhov and Maciej Kierkus at second doubles.

Columbus State (4-0, 1-0) got a much needed victory at third doubles when Danilo Sardelli and Benedikt Wilde took down Arthur Andrade and Joao Freitas 8-6.

Needing a rally to come away with the victory, the Cougars won four of the five singles matches played. Almorin won 6-3, 6-3 at the top spot against Ferreria. Oussama Zoghlami had an easy match against Cabellos winning 6-3, 6-1 at second singles.

GRUA recorded its lone win in singles play at third singles as Brunie defeated Malicbegovic 6-3, 6-4. CSU tied the overall match after Trebuhov downed Freitas 6-2, 6-3 at fifth singles.

In the clincher, Sardelli went the distance to capture the victory for the Cougars. After dropping the first set 7-6,he rallied to win the next two 7-5, 6-1 to record the victory at fourth singles.

Sixth singles between Wilde and Anderson was unfinished in the third set.