MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry came out firing on all cylinders at West Florida, and never let up.
The No. 2-ranked Buccaneers women's tennis team disposed of the No. 8 Argos, 9-0, Tuesday at Buccaneer Tennis Center in a quality regional win that likely will have postseason implications. Now the South Region top-ranked Bucs (14-0) face Sunshine State Conference rival Lynn, No. 2 in the region, in Boca Raton 10 a.m. Saturday in another key matchup.
"We had a very good start in doubles. Right away, we kind of jumped on them, and pretty much kept up the momentum throughout the singles as well," Barry coach Avi Kigel said. "All three doubles played well. All six singles played well, and we never really let them get into the match."
Ranked No. 3 in the South Region, West Florida (8-5) was playing its fourth match in five days with another on tap Wednesday before heading back to Pensacola for the remainder of the season.
Barry's Mona Mansour and Cristy Valladares defeated Caitlyn Baines and Sheila Smiley, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles. Vojka Lukic and Julie Stas rolled by Barbara Oliveira and Mariana Sonnervig, 8-0, at No. 2. Caroline Wendling and Linda Fritschken beat Luiza Sonnervig and Hannah Durham, 8-4, at No. 3.
"We did a really good job of starting good, being on top of them, and staying on top," Kigel said. "They're a good team and good fighters, but we just did a really good job of controlling the tempo and controlling each match."
Lukic, ranked 33rd in the nation, blanked Mariana Sonnervig, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 1 singles. Fritschken, the 47th-ranked player in NCAA Division II, cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Luiza Sonnervig at No. 2. Sarah Krohnen posted a strong win over Sheila Smiley, winning 6-3, 6-0 at No. 3.
Stas beat Baines, 6-0, 6-2, at No. 4. Wendling, ranked 49th in the country, beat Naomi Higa, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5. Mansour rolled to a 6-2, 6-0 win over Durham, at the No. 6 spot.
"We wanted to make sure we took care of business, and we did a good job," Kigel said.