SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Barry University's No. 1-ranked men's tennis team beat No. 8 Saint Leo, 8-1, Saturday. The win improved the Buccaneers' record to 6-0 overall, 3-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Saint Leo fell to 3-2, 1-2 in the league.
It was a match filled with tiebreakers and third sets, and the Buccaneers got the better end of the Lions in all nearly all of them.
Barry's No. 1 doubles team of Ahmed Triki and Ollie Lemaitre got by Aloua Adjenak and Fons Verberne, 8-6. Saint Leo's No. 2 pair of Matt Nicholson-Lewis and Victor Lozier defeated Leo Vivas and Romain Costamagna, 8-6. Barry won the No. 3 match as Kevin Sielmann and Renato Lombardi beat Ismail Lemtouni and Bruno Sisti, 8-5.
At No. 1 singles, Triki defeated Sisti, 7-5, 6-2. Costamagna gutted out a 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Nicholson-Lewis at No. 2 singles. Barry's Nico Dreer needed a third-set super tiebreaker to beat Adjenak, 5-7, 7-4, 10-6, at No. 3
Vivas, ranked No. 37, also needed three sets to pull out a 0-6, 6-3, 6-0 win over the 50th-ranked Lemtouni at No. 4. At No. 5 singles, Lemaitre needed a first-set tiebreaker to beat Lozier, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2. Lombardi beat Jacobo Gonzalez-Tarrio, 7-5, 6-3, at No. 6.
Barry will play No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic, whom the Bucs beat in last year's NCAA Division II national title match, at 10 a.m. Sunday at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.