Bucs Zip by Panthers in Men's Tennis SSC Championships

Bucs Zip by Panthers in Men's Tennis SSC Championships
Ollie Lemaitre won two matches as the Bucs advanced to the SSC semifinals. Photo by Jim McCurdy

LAKELAND, Fla. -- Barry University men's tennis team ran through its quarterfinal match with Florida Tech, winning 5-0 Thursday to open the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championships at Beerman Tennis Center.

The No. 3-seeded Buccaneers (19-5) move onto Friday's semifinals to meet second-seeded Rollins (15-6). The No. 6-seeded Panthers (13-12) will play in the tournament backdraw.

Ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, Barry swept the doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead in the match against the No. 42-ranked Panthers.

Daniel Schmidt and Fabian Groetsch captured the Bucs' first point with an 8-1 win over James McClane and Daniel Armellino. At No. 3 pairs, Ollie Lemaitre and Romain Costamagna beat Riley Lorenz and Barry Dylewski, 8-4. Barry's No. 13-ranked duo of Marco Mokrzycki and Leo Vivas snagged the final doubles point with an 8-4 win over Nicolas Clerc and Michael Schmidt at No. 1. 

Lemaitre beat Armellino, 6-1, 6-0, to give the Bucs their first singles victory at the No. 5 flight. At No. 6, Kevin Sielmann defeated swept Lorenz, 6-0, 6-0, to wrap up the match.

All postseason matches are complete when a team reaches five points.

Thursday's first day of the scheduled three-day league tournament experienced a few rain delays, pushing matches back Friday for both the men and women.

Follow the tournament updates at http://www.barry.edu/athletics/tournament/tennis/2012/m-bracket.html