Barry University Ends PBA Men's Tennis Season at NCAA Regional

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

Brock Newton (Pictured) Finishes Out His Collegiate Career as the 23rd Ranked Player in NCAA Division IIBrock Newton (Pictured) Finishes Out His Collegiate Career as the 23rd Ranked Player in NCAA Division II

MIAMI SHORES, Fla.- Despite making history as the first Palm Beach Atlantic University athletic team to make an appearance at a NCAA Regional, the Sailfish men’s tennis team came away disappointed as they were defeated by number one seed Barry University in the first round of the regional on Thursday afternoon.

Seeded eighth in the regional that includes such powers as Rollins College, Tusculum College in addition to Barry University, the Sailfish gave their best efforts but were turned back by the Buccaneers 5-0.

It was the final collegiate match for seniors Brock Newton and Paul Segodo who helped lead the men’s tennis team under head coach Chi Ly to their first ever appearance at the NCAA Regional event. The Sailfish finished their season with an impressive 17-8 record. Barry would advance on and take the South Regional crown with a match victory over Rollins College.

Newton combined with John Tilton at number one doubles to present one of the stronger efforts against Barry which featured two players nationally ranked and a team ranking of number five in the nation. Newton and Tilton were defeated 8-4 by Patrick Rittenauer and Ales Svigelj.

Segodo presented perhaps the best overall effort in the singles portion of the match as he was tied 5-5 in the first set with BU’s Svigelj who is ranked 18th in the nation in singles.

Newton was retired 6-4 and was down 3-1 in the second set when his match was called. PBA’s James Buerkle and Lukas Colombo also faired well in doubles play as they were defeated 8-6 at number three.

PBA 0, Barry University 5

Doubles

#1- Rittenhauer/Svigelj (BU) defeated Newton/Tilton (PBA)  8-4
#2- Sharnov/Werschel (BU) defeated Segodo/Moulton (PBA)  8-1
#3- Gayer/Lauter (BU) defeated Buerkle/Colombo (PBA)   8-6

Singles

#1- Rittenhauer (BU) versus Newton (PBA)     6-4, DNF
#2- Svigelj (BU) versus Segodo (PBA)     5-5, DNF
#3- Werschel (BU) defeated Moulton (PBA)     6-1, 6-2
#4- Fejfar (BU) defeated Tilton (PBA)     6-0, 6-2
#5- Lauter (BU) defeated Buerkle (PBA)     6-1, 6-0
#6- Gayter (BU) defeated Dealy (PBA)     6-0, DNF

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