Women's Tennis Breezes In First Round Of Tournament

The Barry University women's tennis team beat the Clark Atlanta Panthers 5-0 in the first round of the NCAA DII Tournament. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The fourth-ranked Barry University women’s tennis team pummeled the Clark Atlanta Panthers in the first round of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Tournament on Sunday afternoon.
 
The Bucs began the day by sweeping the doubles matches to go up 3-0. Barry only allowed the Panthers two games in doubles, all off of unforced Buccaneer errors.
 
At No. 2 doubles, the duo of Laura Bogut and Alex Gwizdowski made quick work of Kasey Dawson and Ivory Conley, winning 8-0. At No. 3 doubles, Julie Stas and Olivia Matuszak blanked Brionne Bachus and Cydney Reid 8-0. In the top doubles flight, Barbi Pocza and Angie Werschel beat Munashe Makuni and Keva Palmer 8-2.
 
In singles action, the Bucs only needed two points to take the win. Barry’s points came at No. 3 and No. 4. In the third flight, Matuszak blanked Bachus 6-0, 6-0 to give Barry their fourth point. Mona Mansour wrapped up the win for Barry, beating Conley 6-0, 6-0 in the fourth flight.
 
Barry led in all the unfinished matches. At the top flight, #33 Werschel was up 4-3 in the first set over Makuni. At singles No. 2, Caroline Wendling led Palmer 5-2 in the first set. Gwizdowski was up a set, 6-2, 2-0, on Dawson and Stas was up 6-0, 5-0 on Reid when the match finished.
 
With the win, the Bucs return to action tomorrow in the South Regional Championship against #7 West Florida at 3:00 pm. The Bucs have previously beaten the Argonauts in the regular season, winning 6-3 on Feb. 26.
 
Fans can follow all the action live on the tournament home page. Entry to the match at Buccaneer Tennis Center is free.
 
Tennis Match Results
Clark Atlanta vs Barry
05/01/11 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)
 
#4 Barry 9, Clark Atlanta 0
 
 Singles competition
1. #33 Angie Werschel (BUW) def. Munashe Makuni (CAW) 4-3
2. Caroline Wendling (BUW) def. Keva Palmer (CAW) 5-2
3. Olivia Matuszak (BUW) def. Brionne Bachus (CAW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Mona Mansour (BUW) def. Ivory Conley (CAW) 6-0, 6-0
5. Alex Gwizdowski (BUW) def. Kasey Dawson (CAW) 6-2, 2-0
6. Julie Stas (BUW) def. Cydney Reid (CAW) 6-0, 5-0
 
 Doubles competition
1. #2 Barbi Pocza/Angie Werschel (BUW) def. Munashe Makuni/Keva Palmer (CAW) 8-2
2. Alex Gwizdowski/Laura Boguet (BUW) def. Kasey Dawson/Ivory Conley (CAW) 8-0
3. Julie Stas/Olivia Matuszak (BUW) def. Brionne Bachus/Cydney Reid (CAW) 8-0
 
Match Notes:
Clark Atlanta 16-9
Barry 21-1; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (3,4)
Official: Dianne Guy  T-1:53 

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