MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University's NCAA Champion men's tennis team was honored in a welcome back celebration ceremony Monday morning in the Landon Atrium at Health & Sports Center.
School president Sister Linda Bevilacqua and Barry athletic director Mike Covone spoke on behalf of the team, while coach George Samuel and point-clinching hero Leo Vivas also offered a few words as part of the ceremony. A highlight video of Vivas' final game to clinch the title was also shown. It can be seen by clicking HERE or visiting the Barry Multimedia Tab on the upper right side of the www.gobarrybucs.com home page, and clicking on the YouTube link.
The Bucs were also fitted for their championship rings, which they will receive in the fall when another ceremony is planned.
CBS4 (Channel 4) was on hand to air a piece, honoring the champion Buccaneers. Check out the Miami television station's website http://miami.cbslocal.com/category/sports/ and follow CBS4 Sports on Twitter at https://twitter.com/CBS4Sports. Watch Jim Berry's report by clicking HERE.
No. 1 Barry beat No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic, 5-4, in a dramatic finish to win it all.
The Buccaneers went 29-0, collecting the first unbeaten season in school history for any sport to capture the men's tennis program's second national title. It was Barry University athletic program's 10th NCAA Championship in all sports, and marked the Sunshine State Conference's 80th national title in league history. The 80 SSC titles are the most in NCAA Division II.