Men's Tennis 'Domin'-ates No. 37 Northwood

Men's Tennis 'Domin'-ates No. 37 Northwood
Ollie Lemaitre returned to the lineup to collect two victories Friday. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Dominic Bisceglia had something to prove. In the process, the Buccaneers No. 4 men's tennis team coasted to an 8-1 win over No. 37 Northwood (Mich.) Friday at Buccaneer Tennis Center.

"After yesterday, with how close it was, I wanted to go out and show the guys I was ready to help them with what I could do," Bisceglia said after collecting his third singles win of the year. "I was right there with 'em, and showing the fight."

Barry (13-0) put up a big fight for the Timberwolves (5-2) on a day when the Bucs barked the loudest. The Buccaneers swept the doubles matches in comfortable fashion to set the tone in a match where Barry claimed five singles points with straight-sets victories.

No. 2 nationally-ranked Marco Mokrzycki and Fabian Groetsch beat Marcus Oliveira and Lorenzo Montegiorgi, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. The win improved the Bucs' top duo's overall mark to 8-1. Renato Lombardi and Ollie Lemaitre, who sat out Thursday's dramatic 5-4 win over NAIA No. 2 Auburn Montgomery, paired up for the first time this year in an 8-2 win over Khonstantin Zhukov and Samual Walendowsky at the No. 2 pairs flight.

Romain Costamagna and Leo Vivas defeated Florian Boggia and Victor Kasak, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. It was the Bucs tandem's second win together this season.

Bisceglia dropped a game early in the second set before breaking Walendowsky's serve on the way to a 6-1, 6-3 No. 6 singles victory.

"As the season's been going on, I've felt more comfortable on the court," Bisceglia said. "I came out hitting the ball really well today, and didn't give him really anything."

Lombardi had the team's match-clinching fifth point in his 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Zhukov at No. 5 singles. He improved to 6-4 in singles play this year. Lemaitre was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Kasak at No. 4 in only his second singles match of the season.

Vivas picked up his eighth win of the year, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Montegiorgi at the No. 3 spot. Alejandro Andino toughed out a 6-4, 6-2 win over Oliveira at the top singles flight to improve to 4-0. Kevin Sielmann battled Boggia before falling, 6-4, 2-6, 12-10, at No. 2 singles.

"It feels awesome to be able to put a W on the scoreboard for the team to keep the winning streak going," Bisceglia said. "The team looks really strong. We're all fired up, and we all get along really well. Hopefully we keep it going."