FGCU Men's Tennis Falls in Region Final
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The top-seeded Barry University men’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division II Tennis Championships after posting a 5-3 win over fourth-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the Southeast Region-1 final at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Saturday.
The Bucs claimed two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead. In a matchup of two of the top teams in Division II at the number one flight, Barry’s sixth-ranked team of Thomas Hipp and Patrick Rittenauer remained undefeated at 10-0 with an 8-6 win over FGCU seniors Jose Pastrello (Limiera, Brazil) and Richard Stempnowski (Cape Coral, Fla.), the #7-ranked team. Pastrello and Stempnowski finish the season with a school-record 19 wins in doubles play.
Alex Praderas and Victor Rodriguez got Barry’s other double point by beating sophomore Alberto Gutierrez (Bogota, Columbia) and senior Seth Fogelman (Naples, Fla.) 8-5 at number three.
At number two doubles, FGCU juniors Juan Carlos Osorio and Tim Offerman overcame three match points for Barry’s Sebastian Losavio and Martin Jensen to force a tiebreaker and win 9-8.
In singles, Thomas Hipp put the Bucs up 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Pastrello at number two. Victor Rodriguez made it 4-1 Barry by beating Gutierrez 6-4, 6-2 at number four.
FGCU would not go quietly however. Osorio handed Rittenauer a 6-1, 6-4 loss at number three, the first of the year for Rittenauer. The pair split two matches this season, with each being the other’s only loss. Osorio closes out the season at 20-1. Fogelman also avenged his earlier loss to Jensen, winning 6-4, 6-2 at number six, to finish the year 18-4.
Lauter closed out the match with a 6-4, 6-3 win at number five over Offerman, though Barry’s Losavio was just two points away from closing out at number one, leading #5-ranked Stempnowski 7-6 (4), 5-2 and up 30-15 in his service game. Stempnowski ends his career as the most prolific singles player in FGCU history, posting 67 career wins, including 20 dual match victories this spring.
Barry will now face Midwestern State in the round of 16 at the NCAA national championship in Orlando, Fla, May 11-14. FGCU closes out the season with a 19-5 mark, the best in school history.
1. #11 Sebastian Losavio (BU) vs. #5 Richard Stempnowski (FGCU) 7-6 (7-4), 5-2, unfinished
2. #17 Thomas Hipp (BU) def. Jose Pastrello (FGCU) 6-1, 6-1
3. #42 Juan Carlos Osorio (FGCU) def. #41 Patrick Rittenauer (BU) 6-1, 6-4
4. Victor Rodriguez (BU) def. Alberto Gutierrez (FGCU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Manuel Lauter (BU) def. Tim Offerman (FGCU) 6-4, 6-3
6. Seth Fogelman (FGCU) def. Martin Jensen (BU) 6-4, 6-2
1. #6 Thomas Hipp/Patrick Rittenauer (BU) def. #7 Jose Pastrello/Richard Stempnowski (FGCU) 8-6 2. Juan Carlos Osorio/Tim Offerman (FGCU) def. Sebastian Losavio/Martin Jensen (BU) 9-8 (10-8)
3. Alex Praderas/Victor Rodriguez (BU) def. Alberto Gutierrez/Seth Fogelman (FGCU) 8-5