Men's Tennis Ends Regular Season with Win

Men's Tennis Ends Regular Season with Win
Franco Echenique won both his singles and doubles matches as Barry beat Palm Beach Atlantic, 8-1. Photo by Joel Auerbach

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – Barry University men’s tennis team closed the regular season with an 8-1 win at Palm Beach Atlantic University Monday.

The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers improved to 19-2. Palm Beach Atlantic fell to 11-10.

Barry, which capped the regular season with five consecutive wins, will enter the Sunshine State Conference Championships as the top seed April 24-26 at Rollins College.

The Bucs won three of the four third-set super tiebreakers in singles Monday.

Barry’s eighth-ranked Ahmed Triki beat Romain Nowaczyk, 7-5, 2-6, 10-7, at the top flight.  PBA’s 47th-ranked Nicolas Uryson defeated Romain Costamagna, 3-6, 6-3, 10-4, at No. 2. Barry’s Renato Lombardi bounced back after dropping the first set tiebreaker to overcome Asti Adams, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 12-10 at No. 4. Barry’s Eduardo Alfonzo also recovered from a first-set setback to beat Nicholas Battistini, 5-7, 7-5, 10-5, at No. 5.

Barry’s Leo Vivas beat Mark Heimberger in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3. Barry’s Franco Echenique was a 6-3, 6-0 winner over Matt Leeds at No. 6.

The Bucs swept all three doubles matches, but not before the Sailfish battled valiantly at the top and bottom flights.

Barry’s Ollie Lemaitre and Triki, the No. 3-ranked pairs team in NCAA Division II, survived an 8-6 victory over Nowaczyk and Uryson at the No. 1 spot. Costamagna and Vivas were easy winners over Heimberger and Battistini, 8-2, at No. 2. Lombardi and Echenique pulled out an 8-5 win over Kevin Reifler and Adams at No. 3.