Barry Takes Care of Southern Miss

Barry Takes Care of Southern Miss
Julie Stas won two matches Friday as the No. 2 Bucs beat Division I Southern Mississippi. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry women's tennis team needed every bit of three hours to roll to an 8-1 win over Southern Mississippi Friday at Buccaneer Tennis Center.

The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers, which compete in NCAA Division II, won their 12th straight match to open the season over an Division I team searching for its second win this year.

"It's always good to beat a Division I school," Barry coach Avi Kigel said. "We played well overall."

The Buccaneers will host Oklahoma Christian at noon Sunday.

Vojka Lukic and Linda Fritschken, ranked No. 15 nationally in doubles, beat Southern Mississippi's Kate Lanier and Frances Askew, 8-2, at the No. 1 pairs spot. Barry's Cristina Valladares and Mona Mansour defeated  Elja van Berlo and Alex Bradley, 8-6, at No. 2. Julie Stas and Sarah Krohnen combined to help the Bucs sweep the doubles with an 8-6 win over Moorea Williams and Mackenzie Oskin at the No. 3 flight.

Lukic, ranked No. 33 in the nation, survived a first-set loss to beat Alexus Coats, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, at the top singles flight. At No. 2 singles, in the last match to finish, van Berlo beat No. 48 Valladares, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7. That was Barry's lone loss.

No. 49 Caroline Wendling beat Kate Lanier, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3. Krohnen beat Mackenzie Oskin, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 4. Stas defeated Moorea Williams, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5. Akemi Maehama beat Alex Bradley, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 6.

"It's a good win against a Division I school," Kigel said. "I'm looking forward to Oklahoma Christian and then to be challenged by region opponents.

"What I like about this team is everybody is taking care of themselves. We want to see that consistency of good energy and intensity."


 #2 Barry University 8, Southern Miss 1
03/16/12 at Miami Shores, Fla. (Buccaneer Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #33 Vojka Lukic (BUW) def. Alexus Coats (USMW) 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
2. Elja van Berlo (USMW) def. #48 Cristina Valladares (BUW) 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 10-7
3. #49 Caroline Wendling (BUW) def. Kate Lanier (USMW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Sarah Krohnen (BUW) def. Mackenzie Oskin (USMW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Julie Stas (BUW) def. Moorea Williams (USMW) 6-4, 6-1
6. Akemi Maehama (BUW) def. Alex Bradley (USMW) 6-1, 6-3


Doubles competition
1. #15 Vojka Lukic/Linda Fritschken (BUW) def. Kate Lanier/Frances Askew (USMW) 8-2
2. Cristina Valladares/Mona Mansour (BUW) def. Elja van Berlo/Alex Bradley (USMW) 8-6
3. Julie Stas/Sarah Krohnen (BUW) def. Moorea Williams/Mackenzie Oskin (USMW) 8-6


Match Notes
Southern Miss 1-12
Barry University 12-0; National ranking #2