Men's Tennis Survives Challenge From Tigers

Men's Tennis Survives Challenge From Tigers
Leonel Vivas won in both singles and doubles to lead the Bucs to victory. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The second-ranked Barry Buccaneers survived a challenge from the 22nd-ranked Ouachita Baptist Tigers at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Thursday, coming away with a 6-3 win thanks to three points combined from Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas.

The pair combined to give the Bucs (11-2) a 2-1 lead after doubles. Barry’s Daniel Schmidt and Ollie Lemaitre knocked off Ramon Abaitua and Ernesto Laborda 8-4 at number three, while the Tigers’ duo of Helge Knuth and Marvin Muller prevailed 8-5 at number one over Francisco Sigaud and Fabian Groetsch. Mokrzycki and Vivas defeated Marko Boskovic and Kenny Brasil at number two to secure the advantage.

In singles, Vivas handled Teodor Anghel with ease at number six, 6-3, 6-0 and Mokrzycki was almost equally impressive at number one winning 6-1, 6-4 over Boskovic.

Groetsch derailed Brasil 6-2, 6-0 at number three to clinch the match for the Buccaneers, who bounced back nicely from their first home loss on Monday.

The remaining three matches all split sets and were decided by super-tiebreaker. The Tigers (7-3) grabbed two of the three. Knuth defeated Romain Costamagna 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 at number two, while Abaitua over-powered Kevin Seilmann 0-6, 6-4, 10-8 at number four.

Schmidt closed out the match with a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 10-5 win at number five over Muller.
The Bucs host another set of Tigers, from West Alabama, on Monday at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.

Tennis Match Results
Ouachita Baptist vs Barry
03/22/12 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)

#2 Barry 6, #22 Ouachita Baptist 3

 Singles competition
1. #8 Marco Mokrzycki (BUM) def. Marko Boskovic (OBU) 6-1, 6-4
2. Helge Knuth (OBU) def. Romain Costamagna (BUM) 3-6, 6-4, 10-8
3. Fabian Groetsch (BUM) def. Kenny Brasil (OBU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Ramon Abaitua (OBU) def. Kevin Sielmann (BUM) 0-6, 6-4, 10-8
5. Daniel Schmidt (BUM) def. Marvin Muller (OBU) 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 10-5
6. Leo Vivas (BUM) def. Teodor Anghel (OBU) 6-3, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Helge Knuth/Marvin Muller (OBU) def. Francisco Sigaud/Fabian Groetsch (BUM) 8-5
2. Marco Mokrzycki/Leo Vivas (BUM) def. Marko Boskovic/Kenny Brasil (OBU) 8-4
3. Daniel Schmidt/Ollie Lemaitre (BUM) def. Ramon Abaitua/Ernesto Laborda (OBU) 8-4

Match Notes:
Ouachita Baptist 7-3; National ranking #22
Barry 11-2; National ranking #2