#9 Women's Tennis take #4 Blazers

MIAMI SHORES,Fla.—After dropping two of three doubles matches, the Barry women’s tennis team rebounded to take every singles match and beat #4 Valdosta State 7-2 on Monday at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.

“I am very pleased with the way we played today,” Barry head coach Avi Kigel said. “With a young group like we have, sometimes you just don’t know what will happen when they take the court. Today we came together and beat a very good team.”

Barbi Pocza teamed up with Yulia Kashelkina at the top doubles position and rolled through Valdosta’s #14 nationally-ranked top doubles pair of Raphaelle Durante and Tina Trautmann 8-0.

But the Blazers came back to win the bottom two flights. The 19th-ranked pair, Natali Gumbrecht and Hollie Bees, defeated Mia Fiocca and Caroline Wendling 8-4 at number two. At the bottom flight, Sonya Haggstrom and Kristel de Groot edged Angie Werschel and Julie Stas 8-6.

Pocza and Kashelkina also added singles wins, Pocza from the top of the Buccaneer lineup and Kashelkina from the #3 position. Pocza won 6-3, 6-4 over Natali Gumbrecht, the #7 nationally-ranked player. Kashelkina also defeated a nationally-ranked opponent in Tina Trautman, the #9 player in the nation 6-3, 7-5.

Tenth-ranked Angie Werschel defeated #40 Raphaelle Durante 6-1, 7-5 at the #2 position. Rounding out singles play, Julie Stas defeated Holly Bees 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, (13-11) at the #4 spot. Caroline Wendling defeated Sonya Haggstrom 6-1, 6-1 at five, and freshman Mia Fiocca beat Kristel de Groot 6-1, 6-2 at number six.

The next action for Barry is Saturday, Feb. 20 at Saint Leo.

Tennis Match Results
Valdosta State vs Barry
02/15/10 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)

#9 Barry 7, #4 Valdosta State 2

Singles competition
1. Barbi Pocza (BUW) def. #7 Natali Gumbrecht (VSUW) 6-3, 6-4
2. #10 Angie Werschel (BUW) def. #40 Raphaelle Durante (VSUW) 6-1, 7-5
3. Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) def. #9 Tina Trautmann (VSUW) 6-3, 7-5
4. Julie Stas (BUW) def. Hollie Bees (VSUW) 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 13-11
5. Caroline Wendling (BUW) def. Sonya Haggstrom (VSUW) 6-1, 6-1
6. Mia Fiocca (BUW) def. Kristel de Groot (VSUW) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Barbi Pocza/Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) def. #14 Raphaelle Durante/Tina Trautmann (VSUW) 8-0
2. #19 Natali Gumbrecht/Hollie Bees (VSUW) def. Mia Fiocca/Caroline Wendling (BUW) 8-4
3. Sonya Haggstrom/Kristel de Groot (VSUW) def. Angie Werschel/Julie Stas (BUW) 8-6

Match Notes:
Valdosta State 1-2; National ranking #4
Barry 3-0; National ranking #9