BRADENTON, Fla. (April 21, 2017) – The Tars could not overcome a powerful, top-seeded Barry team, falling in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals to the No. 2 Buccaneers by a score of 6-0. With the loss Rollins will enter the third place matchup with an overall record of 11-10. Barry improves to 20-1 on the year, and progress to the Conference Championship game.
The Buccaneers were firing on all cylinders out of the gate, sweeping the doubles contests to take a 3-0 lead. Cody Gubin and Daniel Ferl battled the No. 25 pair in the country, Carlos Gomez and Vivien Versier, but ultimately fell 8-6 in the second position.
The Tars dropped the first three singles matches, putting the match out of reach. Ziad Melhaoui was forced to retire in the fourth position, and Barry captured simultaneous decisions in the second and sixth spots. Senior captain Patrick Sell recovered from a first set loss to best No. 2 Ahmed Triki in the second set, while freshman Sami Kirberg was locked in a close battle with the nations eleventh ranked singles player, Gomez, in the third position; but, Barry secured the victory before either match could be decided.
The Tars will have to turnaround and prepare for another highly ranked opponent in the SSC Tournament Third Place Game. Rollins will take on the loser of the matchup between second-seeded Saint Leo and third seeded Lynn. The Lions are 12-3 on the year and ranked third in the country, while the Fighting Knights are 18-4 and sit at No. 8. Fans can follow all of the action at SunshineStateConference.com.
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