MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- What started out as a downer ended on a serious high note.
Barry men's tennis dropped the No. 1 doubles match after sitting on a 5-2 lead, but Romain Costamagna pulled out a three-set marathon match Monday as the Buccaneers defeated West Alabama, 8-1, at Buccaneer Tennis Center.
Playing at No. 1 singles, Costamagna overcame a second-set loss to beat Nestor Vargas, 6-2, 3-6, 13-11, polishing off an otherwise routine day for the Bucs.
"Costa pulled out a third set match," Buccaneers assistant coach Thomas Hipp said.
Fabian Groetsch and Costamagna beat Anton Ivanov, 8-4, at No. 2 doubles. Kevin Sielmann and Daniel Schmidt beat Manuel Grossman and Honorio Fernandez, 8-1, at No. 3 pairs.
The Bucs won all the singles matches to improve to 14-2 overall this season.
Schmidt beat Ivanov, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 2 singles. Groetsch beat Grossman, 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3. Ollie Lemaitre won his No. 4 singles match with Adam Drysdale, who was retired by the referee, after leading 6-1, 4-3 in the second set.
Leo Vivas beat Fernandez, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5. Sielmann coasted to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Kike Ruiz at No. 6.
Barry plays at Flagler in Saint Augustine 1 p.m. Friday to begin a three-day weekend on the road.