Two In A Row For Women's Tennis

The Buccaneers captured Barry's fifth total and second-straight SSC Championship. Photo by Jim Hogue.
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla.—The second-ranked Barry University women’s tennis team repeated as Sunshine State Conference Champions on Saturday morning as the Bucs took a 5-2 win over the top-ranked Lynn University Knights.
 
The Bucs used their strong doubles play to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles. At the top doubles flight, the second-ranked team of Barbi Pocza and Angie Werschel beat No. 4 Eleonora Ianozzi and Ioana Ivan 8-6. At the second flight, the unranked team of Alex Gwizdowski and Laura Boguet upset fifth-ranked Magdalena Ekert and Isabell Raich 8-5 to give the Bucs their first point of the day.
 
In the third flight, Julie Stas and Olivia Matuszak lost to Jessica Yanoff and Andrea Berkova 8-4.
 
In singles action, the Bucs needed three points to take the win. Barry earned those points at the top flight, number four, and number six.
 
In the top spot, No. 8 Pocza beat No. 7 Ekert for the second time this year. Pocza won 7-5, 6-0. At #4, Matuszak had little issue beating No. 12 Ivan 6-4, 6-2. Mona Mansour gave Barry the final point needed to take the win. Mansour beat Berkova 7-5, 6-2.
 
With the win, the Buccaneer women’s tennis team claims their fifth Sunshine State Conference championship, and their second in as many years. The win helps the Bucs avenge a regular-season loss to Lynn this year. The Bucs finished the year with an 18-1 record, losing to Lynn on April 4.
 
The women now wait to find out what their seeding will be for the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament starting May 1. Regional tournament sites will be available on April 25. Stay tuned to the Buccaneer athletic website for all the information.
 
Tennis Match Results
Barry vs Lynn
04/16/11 at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
(Sanlando Park)
 
#4 Barry 5, #3 Lynn 2
 
 Singles competition
1. #8 Barbi Pocza (BUW) def. #7 Magdalena Ekert (LUW) 7-5, 6-0
2. #9 Eleonora Iannozzi (LUW) def. #33 Angie Werschel (BUW) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
3. #10 Isabell Raich (LUW) vs. Caroline Wendling (BUW) 2-6, 6-5, unfinished
4. Olivia Matuszak (BUW) def. #12 Ioana Ivan (LUW) 6-4, 6-2
5. #13 Jessica Yanoff (LUW) vs. Laura Boguet (BUW) 3-6, 6-0, 0-5, unfinished
6. Mona Mansour (BUW) def. Andrea Berkova (LUW) 7-5, 6-2
 
 Doubles competition
1. #2 Barbi Pocza/Angie Werschel (BUW) def. #4 Eleonora Iannozzi/Ioana Ivan (LUW) 8-6
2. Alex Gwizdowski/Laura Boguet (BUW) def. #5 Magdalena Ekert/Isabell Raich (LUW) 8-5
3. Jessica Yanoff/Andrea Berkova (LUW) def. Julie Stas/Olivia Matuszak (BUW) 8-4
 
Match Notes:
Barry 20-1; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #2
Lynn 22-2; National ranking #3; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,4,2,6)
Official: Tammy Childs 

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