Women's Tennis Beats No. 7 Embry-Riddle, 8-1

Elisabeth Abanda beat ninth-ranked Hui-I Huang in straight sets at No. 1 singles, and coupled with Isa Miro for a No. 2 doubles win. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University women's tennis team beat future Sunshine State Conference member Embry-Riddle (Fla.), 8-1, Sunday at Buccaneer Tennis Center. The win was the second in as many days for the Bucs, who opened the season yesterday.

Ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division II, Barry won all of the doubles matches and the top five singles flights on a day Kimmy Twelker secured the clinching point with her 6-2, 6-3 win over Anna Gotz at No. 2 singles.


"For me, it's really great to play because I was injured a lot last year," said Twelker, who did not play singles in Saturday's opener. "(As a team) we're really motivated. I think it's going to be a good season when we keep going like this."

Barry sophomore Elisabeth Abanda, who entered the spring with a No. 9 NCAA Division II singles ranking, beat NAIA No. 9-ranked Hui-I Huang, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 1 singles in her first singles victory this year as well.

Bucs freshman Blanka Szavay was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over No. 27 Kristina Marova at No. 3 singles.

Barry senior Cristina Valladares, who sat out last season, won her first match since 2012 when she held on to win a second set tiebreaker, beating Eva Vilar, 6-1, 7-6 (8-6), at No. 4.

"I'm really happy for Cristina because she was out a long time," Twelker said. "I saw her play (in her match) a little bit, and she did good. She was motivated, and she fought for every point. I'm happy for her."

Bucs senior Akemi Maehama was a 6-0, 6-2 winner over Meena Bennett at No. 5. Freshman Jasi Witherspoon lost her first college dual match to Embry-Riddle's Paula Couder, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6.

Barry's No. 1-ranked doubles tandem of Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken were impressive in an 8-2 win over NAIA No. 1-ranked Huang and Marova. Abanda and Isabela Miro were 8-4 winners over Gotz and Paola Montero at the No. 2 pairs flight. Karina Goia and Anaeve Pain defeated Vilar and Couder, 8-3, at No. 3.

Barry will host No. 11 Florida Southern Saturday at 10 a.m. 


Oh oh ....

We are sorry but it appears that JavaScript is disabled on your browser.
Our site is very interactive and it requires JavaScript to be enabled.
Click on the link below for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Enable JavaScript on your browser