LAKELAND, Fla. (April 20, 2012) - Rollins was swept in a tight doubles round and couldn't climb out of the hole as the sixth-ranked Tars fell to third-ranked Barry 5-1 in the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championship semifinals Friday.
The loss drops Rollins (16-7) into the third-place match against Saint Leo at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 21.
When Rollins and Barry (20-5) met earlier in the season, the Tars scored a huge 5-4 win in Winter Park.
The Bucs came out firing in the second match, as Jeff Morris and Ari Davis were turned away in the No. 3 doubles match, 8-2 by Romain Costamagna and Ollie Lemaitre.
The top-flight match featured 10th-ranked Lucas Jovita and Jason Alabaster against 13th-ranked Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas with the duo from Barry scoring a 9-7 upset.
The second flight between Malte Christesen and Constantin Sturdza of Rollins and Barry's Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch was tied eight-all, but again Barry came up big, winning 7-2 in the tiebreaker.
In singles action, second-ranked Jovita got Rollins on the board with a 6-2, 6-2 win over 11th-ranked Mokrzycki. That would prove to be the Tars' lone score, however as Vivas beat Sturdza 6-4, 6-3 at No. 5 and Costamanga upset 43rd-ranked Christesen 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 to slam the door on Rollins.
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Barry vs Rollins
4/20/2012 at Lakeland, Fla.
(Beerman Tennis Center)
#3 Barry 5, #6 Rollins 1
1. #2 Lucas Jovita (RC) def. #11 Marco Mokrzycki (BUM) 6-2, 6-2
2. #6 Jeff Morris (RC) vs. #27 Fabian Groetsch (BUM) 6-3, 4-4, unfinished
3. Romain Costamagna (BUM) def. #43 Malte Christesen (RC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Ari Davis (RC) vs. Daniel Schmidt (BUM) 3-6, 4-5, unfinished
5. Leo Vivas (BUM) def. Constantin Sturdza (RC) 6-4, 6-3
6. Jason Alabaster (RC) vs. Ollie Lemaitre (BUM) 6-0, 5-7, 0-2, unfinished
1. #13 Marco Mokrzycki/Leo Vivas (BUM) def. #10 Lucas Jovita/Jason Alabaster (RC) 9-7
2. Daniel Schmidt/Fabian Groetsch (BUM) def. Malte Christesen/Constantin Sturdza (RC) 9-8 (7-2)
3. Romain Costamagna/Ollie Lemaitre (BUM) def. Jeff Morris/Ari Davis (RC) 8-2
Barry 20-5; National ranking #3; Regional ranking #2
Rollins 16-7; National ranking #6; Regional ranking #5
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,5,3)
Florida Blue SSC Championships semifinals