NCAA Men's Tennis: No. 1 Pirates Fall In Round Of 16 To Defending Champion Barry
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State University men's tennis team suffered a 5-4 loss to defending national champion and No. 5-ranked Barry in the Round of 16 on Wednesday afternoon, ending the Pirates' bid to return to the national championship.
The Bucs (20-7) move on to the Quarterfinals where they will meet Abilene Christian - a 5-0 winner over Shaw - while the Pirates finish the 2011 season with a 26-1 overall record.
Armstrong took a 2-1 lead after doubles. The top-ranked duo of Rafael Array and Mikk Irdoja notched a quick 8-2 win over fifth-ranked Max Wimmer and Emanuel Fraitzl at No. 1 doubles, but both of the other two doubles matches went down to the wire - and both teams that held a 6-5 lead ended up losing.
At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Marco Mokrzycki and Quentin Vachez of Barry won the last three games to win, 8-6, over Matus Mydla and Pedro Scocuglia for Barry. But the Armstrong duo of Eudaldo Bonet and Daniel Regan won the last three games at No. 3 doubles for an 8-6 win over Ollie Lemaitre and Sergio Velez.
In singles, though, the Bucs came out and won first sets in four of the six singles matches. Armstrong sophomore Daniel Regan gave the Bucs their first singles point when he was forced to retire due to dehydration, trailing 6-3, 2-0, at No. 5 singles against Oliver Lemaitre.
Armstrong notched their third point when Pedro Scocuglia defeated Romain Costamagna, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 singles, but Barry took the lead when No. 25-ranked Max Wimmer knocked off top-ranked Eudaldo Bonet, 7-6 (6), 6-1, at No. 2 singles and Marco Mokrzycki beat No. 23-ranked Matus Mydla, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 3 singles.
The Pirates drew even as No. 24-ranked Rafael Array beat Sergio Velez, 6-2, 7-6 (1), at No. 5 singles, but Barry's No. 4-ranked Emanuel Fraitzl clinched the match for the Bucs with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over No. 2-ranked Irdoja.