Men's Tennis Rebounds to Beat No. 19 Tritons

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Barry University men's tennis team wrapped up its third day at the White Sands Invitational with its second win of the weekend, beating No. 19 UC San Diego, 5-1.

It was the No. 3 Buccaneers' ninth win of the year against a ranked opponent. And it came after a disappointing 5-4 loss a day earlier.

"It's possible we're playing better," Bucs coach George Samuel said. "Hopefully we're going to continue to do so."

No. 11 nationally-ranked Marco Mokrzycki won his second singles match of the weekend, beating Chapman Chan, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot. Mokrzycki had one match go unfinished this weekend while sitting on a second-set lead, ready to add another singles victory before the match was called once Barry secured its team-clinching fifth point.

"Marco's playing pretty well," Samuel said.

Mokrzycki improved to 11-3 in singles. He is 6-1 against NCAA Division II ranked opponents.

Leo Vivas beat Austin West, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4 singles. Vivas recorded his team-leading 16th singles victory this year. He is 2-1 at No. 4 singles.

Kevin Sielmann delivered his second win of the weekend, beating Kona Luu, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Sielmann is 8-6 this season.

"Kevin came through for us," Bucs assistant coach Thomas Hipp said.

Three singles matches went unfinished with Barry leading in all of those matches. Ollie Lemaitre was a game away from securing another singles victory.

In doubles play, the Buccaneers (18-4) won the top two pairs flights. Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch beat Austin West and Devon Sousa, 8-6. Schmidt and Groetsch improved to 3-3 as a tandem.

Mokrzycki and Vivas defeated Jason Wall and Luu, 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. Mokrzycki and Vivas are 9-3 as a pair. UC San Diego (12-9) won the No. 3 pairs flight.

"We have good depth, and hope I can give them opportunities to play," Samuel said. "It's coming along. I just hope the team rises to the championship play.

 

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