Men's Tennis Beats Moccasins To Run The Table In The SSC

Roman Werschel picked up two points to lead the Bucs over the Mocs. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The seventh-ranked Barry Buccaneers ran the table in the Sunshine State Conference with a 6-3 win over the 14th-ranked Florida Southern Moccasins in men’s tennis action at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Saturday.
 
The win gives the Bucs a perfect 6-0 mark in the SSC, clinching the regular-season title and the top seed at the SSC Tournament coming up April 17-20 in Tampa, Fla.
 
The Bucs (12-3, 6-0 SSC) took two of three doubles. Top pair Patrick Rittenauer and Ales Svigelj defeated FSC’s Michael Knoedler and Roman Schirmaier 8-5 at number one, while at number three, Andrew Sharnov and Roman Werschel handled Clifford Johnson and Greg Heartt 8-2. The Mocs (10-4, 1-2 SSC) picked up their point at number two. Alex Thesleff and Guenther Fercher edged Emmanuel Fraitzl and Jakub Fejfar 8-6.
 
In singles, the Mocs quickly reversed the score with wins at the top two flights with identical 6-2, 6-4 scores. Number 11 Knoedler defeated #12 Rittenauer at number one and Schirmaier took Svigelj at number two.
 
But the Bucs’ depth told out the rest of the way. Sharnov, ranked #43, handled Johnson 6-3, 6-3 at number five and Manuel Lauter made it 4-3 Barry with a 6-2, 6-4 win over J.J Bolock at number six.
 
The final two matches both went three sets, with the Bucs rallying back from first-set losses in both matches. At number four, FSC’s Justin LaFlamme took the first set from #49 Werschel 6-4, but the Buccaneer came back to win the final two sets 7-5, 6-4.
 
Fraitzl prevailed at number three with the match already decided, beating Thesleff 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5).
 
The Bucs will travel to Texas next weekend for a trio of matches.
 
Tennis Match Results
Florida Southern vs Barry
3/29/2008 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)
 
#7 Barry 6, #14 Florida Southern 3
 
 Singles competition
1. #11 Michael Knoedler (FSM) def. #12 Patrick Rittenauer (BUM) 6-2, 6-4
2. Roman Schirmaier (FSM) def. Ales Svigelj (BUM) 6-2, 6-4
3. Emmanuel Fraitzl (BUM) def. Alex Thesleff (FSM) 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
4. #49 Roman Werschel (BUM) def. Justin LaFlamme (FSM) 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
5. #43 Andrew Sharnov (BUM) def. Clifford Johnson (FSM) 6-3, 6-3
6. Manuel Lauter (BUM) def. J.J. Bolock (FSM) 6-2, 6-4
 
 Doubles competition
1. Patrick Rittenauer/Ales Svigelj (BUM) def. Michael Knoedler/Roman Schirmaier (FSM) 8-5
2. Alex Thesleff/Guenther Fercher (FSM) def. Emmanuel Fraitzl/Jakub Fejfar (BUM) 8-6
3. Andrew Sharnov/Roman Werschel (BUM) def. Clifford Johnson/Greg Heartt (FSM) 8-2
 
Match Notes:
Florida Southern 10-4, 1-2 SSC; National ranking #14
Barry 12-3, 6-0 SSC; National ranking #7

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