MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University's No. 1-ranked men's tennis team beat No. 21 Georgia Regents Augusta, 8-1, Thursday. The win improved the Buccaneers' record to 8-0, while Georgia Regents fell to 5-2.
Barry was tested in two of the three doubles matches, dropping the point at the No. 1 spot. Georgia Regents No. 7-ranked duo of Victor Cabellos and Victor Guimaraes handed No. 14 Ahmed Triki and Fabian Groetsch their first loss of the season, 8-6.
At No. 2 doubles, it was another wire-to-wire battle as Barry's tandem of Leo Vivas and Romain Costamagna edged Romain Ferreira and Romain Brunie, 9-8 (7-5). Barry's Ollie Lemaitre and Kevin Sielmann rolled to an 8-0 No. 3 doubles win over Joao Freitas and Arthur Andrade.
"We cannot play every day our best tennis," Barry's Renato Lombardi said after picking up the match-clinching fifth point in singles. "Actually, Ollie and Kevin played really good doubles, and Leo and Romain, with their experience got the win. For Fabu and Ahmed, sometimes we have to lose, but the next day's going to be better."
Groetsch, ranked No. 12 in NCAA Division II, was lights out in singles as he made quick work of Brunie at No. 3 singles, in a 6-1, 6-0 victory. Nico Dreer followed suit with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ferreira at No. 2 singles to give the Buccaneers a 4-1 lead in the match. Lombardi clinched the team victory when he beat Gustav Anderson, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5.
"I'm excited about my tennis," Lombardi said. "I'm playing good this time, so I hope it's going to continue."
Costamagna picked up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Guimaraes at No. 4 singles. Sielmann, ranked 41st in the country, was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Freitas at No. 6. Triki wrapped it up with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Cabellos at No. 1 in the longest singles match of the day.
Barry will host No. 25 Florida Southern at 3 p.m. Friday at Buccaneer Tennis Center.
"Important match tomorrow, a conference match," Lombardi said. "We're going to try to sleep early tonight to prepare well and win as we did until now."