WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 31, 2012) - Just five days after upsetting the nation's top team, sixth-ranked Rollins scored perhaps an even bigger win, beating third-ranked Barry 5-4 Saturday.
Down 4-2, Rollins (12-6, 5-1 Sunshine State Conference) picked up three-set victories at three and six singles to knot the score 4-4 before rain settled in. After a three-hour weather delay, senior Jeff Morris won seven straight points at No. 2 singles to clinch the win for Rollins.
Barry (15-3, 4-1) went to take the other two doubles points. Constantin Sturdza and Bernardo Barroso fell to Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas 9-2 in the No. 2 match while Moris and Ari Davis dropped an 8-5 decision to Ollie Lemaitre and Romain Costamanga at No. 3.
Second-ranked Jovita cruised past 11th-ranked Mokrzycki 6-1, 6-1 in the top singles match. At No. 3, 43rd-ranked Christensen downed Daniel Schmidt 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 and Strudza won the No. 6 match 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 6 match.
Sixth-ranked Morris won the first set over Costamanga 6-3, but dropped the second 3-6. He was down in the third when the rains came but regrouped and came back to win the third and deciding set 7-5.
The win puts Rollins firmly in second place in the SSC standings with just Eckerd left on the schedule. The Tars and Tritons will meet Sunday, April 1 in St. Petersburg.
Tennis Match Results
Barry University vs Rollins
3/31/2012 at Winter Park, Fla.
(Tiedtek Tennis Courts)
#6 Rollins 5, #3 Barry University 4
1. #2 Lucas Jovita (RC) def. #11 Marco Mokrzycki (BUM) 6-1, 6-1
2. #6 Jeff Morris (RC) def. Romain Costamagna (BUM) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
3. #43 Malte Christesen (RC) def. Daniel Schmidt (BUM) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
4. #27 Fabian Groetsch (BUM) def. Ari Davis (RC) 6-2, 6-2
5. Leo Vivas (BUM) def. Jason Alabaster (RC) 6-3, 6-2
6. Constantin Sturdza (RC) def. Kevin Sielmann (BUM) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
1. #10 Lucas Jovita/Jason Alabaster (RC) def. #13 Daniel Schmidt/Fabian Groetsch (BUM) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Marco Mokrzycki/Leo Vivas (BUM) def. Constantin Sturdza/Bernardo Barroso (RC) 8-2
3. Ollie Lemaitre/Romain Costamagna (BUM) def. Jeff Morris/Ari Davis (RC) 8-5
Barry University 15-3, 4-1; National ranking #3
Rollins 12-6, 5-1; National ranking #6