Men's Tennis Rebounds to Beat No. 19 Tritons

Men's Tennis Rebounds to Beat No. 19 Tritons
Kevin Sielmann picked up his second win in as many matches at the White Sands Invitational. Photo by Joel Auerbach

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Barry University men's tennis team wrapped up its third day at the White Sands Invitational with its second win of the weekend, beating No. 19 UC San Diego, 5-1.

It was the No. 3 Buccaneers' ninth win of the year against a ranked opponent. And it came after a disappointing 5-4 loss a day earlier.

"It's possible we're playing better," Bucs coach George Samuel said. "Hopefully we're going to continue to do so."

No. 11 nationally-ranked Marco Mokrzycki won his second singles match of the weekend, beating Chapman Chan, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot. Mokrzycki had one match go unfinished this weekend while sitting on a second-set lead, ready to add another singles victory before the match was called once Barry secured its team-clinching fifth point.

"Marco's playing pretty well," Samuel said.

Mokrzycki improved to 11-3 in singles. He is 6-1 against NCAA Division II ranked opponents.

Leo Vivas beat Austin West, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. Vivas recorded his team-leading 16th singles victory this year. He is 2-1 at No. 4 singles.

Kevin Sielmann delivered his second win of the weekend, beating Kona Luu, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Sielmann is 8-6 this season.

"Kevin came through for us," Bucs assistant coach Thomas Hipp said.

Three singles matches went unfinished with Barry leading in all of those matches. Ollie Lemaitre was a game away from securing another singles victory.

In doubles play, the Buccaneers (18-4) won the top two pairs flights. Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch beat Austin West and Devon Sousa, 8-6. Schmidt and Groetsch improved to 3-3 as a tandem.

Mokrzycki and Vivas defeated Jason Wall and Luu, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Mokrzycki and Vivas are 9-3 as a pair. UC San Diego (12-9) won the No. 3 pairs flight.

"We have good depth, and hope I can give them opportunities to play," Samuel said. "It's coming along. I just hope the team rises to the championship play.