MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry University women’s tennis earned their second-straight South Region I Championship on Monday afternoon, beating the West Florida Argonauts 5-1 at Buccaneer Tennis Center.
In doubles action, the Bucs took two matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles. In the third flight, Julie Stas and Olivia Matuszak made short work of Yana Bakareva and Naomi Higa, winning 8-2. The team took five of the last six games to take the win.
In No. 2 doubles, the duo of Alex Gwizdowski and Laura Boguet beat Luiza Sonnervig and Jacqueline March 8-5. In the final game, the Bucs were down 40-30, but took the final three points to take the game and set.
Barbi Pocza and Angie Werschel dropped their doubles match at the top flight, falling 8-6 to Taylor Brewster and Caitlyn Baines. Though the Bucs broke West Florida early at 1-1 to go up 2-1, they were unable to hold off a late Argonaut charge, dropping the last two games.
In singles action, the Bucs scored their third point in the fifth flight where Boguet beat March 6-1, 6-2. Moments later, Mona Mansour beat Higa 6-2, 6-0 to put the Bucs within a point of their second-straight South Region I title. The Bucs scored their fifth and decisive point at singles No. 4 where Matuszak beat Baines 6-3, 6-1 to give Barry the win.
Barry led in all the unfinished singles matches as #8 Pocza was up a set on #21 Brewster, 6-2, 5-3. Werschel, ranked #33, led Bokareva 6-4, 4-1. Caroline Wendling was on top of Sonnervig, 6-4, 1-0.
As the South Region I Champions, the Buccaneers advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament in Altamonte Springs on May 11-14. The Bucs will play the winner of the South Central II Tournament. Stay tuned to the Buccaneer athletic page for more information.
Tennis Match Results
West Florida vs Barry
05/02/11 at Miami Shores, Fla
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)
#4 Barry 5, #7 West Florida 1
1. #8 Barbi Pocza (BUW) vs. #21 Taylor Brewster (UWF) 6-2, 5-3, unfinished
2. #33 Angie Werschel (BUW) vs. Yana Bokareva (UWF) 6-4, 4-1, unfinished
3. Caroline Wendling (BUW) vs. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) 6-4, 1-0, unfinished
4. Olivia Matuszak (BUW) def. Caitlyn Baines (UWF) 6-3, 6-1
5. Laura Boguet (BUW) def. Jacqueline March (UWF) 6-1, 6-2
6. Mona Mansour (BUW) def. Naomi Higa (UWF) 6-2, 6-0
1. #21 Taylor Brewster/Caitlyn Baines (UWF) def. #2 Barbi Pocza/Angie Werschel (BUW) 8-6
2. Alex Gwizdowski/Laura Boguet (BUW) def. Luiza Sonnervig/Jacqueline March (UWF) 8-5
3. Julie Stas/Olivia Matuszak (BUW) def. Yana Bokareva/Naomi Higa (UWF) 8-2
West Florida 21-11; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #3
Barry 22-1; National ranking #4; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (5,6,4)
Buccaneers win South Region I Tournament Championship
Barry advances to NCAA Championship Tournament in Altamonte Springs, Fla.