Fall 2011 Issue

Sports News

Men's tennis takes second place at NCAA tourney

Barry University's men's tennis team fell just short of repeating as NCAA Division II champions, as the Buccaneers fell, 5-2, to Valdosta State in the title match.

Freshman Romain Costamagna gave the Buccaneers their lone win in singles action, defeating Otto Lenhart, 6-1, 6-3. Barry's lone doubles win came courtesy of No. 3 Sergio Velez and Ollie Lemaitre.

The runner-up finish is the fifth all-time for the Buccaneers. Most recently, they were runners-up in 2008 and 2009 before beating Valdosta State last season, 5-4, in the national championship match. The Bucs finished the season with a 22-8 overall record.

"We gave it a great run, unfortunately we just couldn't finish against a very good, very strong Valdosta team," Barry head coach Dr. George Samuel said. "I'm proud of all our student-athletes, though – especially the seniors [Emanuel Fraitzl, Simon Raagaard, and Sergio Velez], who helped guide this team to many successes during their years at Barry, including a national championship."