No. 2 Buccaneers Bounce Bearcats

Caroline Wendling won two matches as Barry beat Binghamton Thursday. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Caroline Wendling insisted the individual acclaim doesn't matter. What she's eyeballing is something bigger for all the Buccaneers to enjoy.

Wendling won two matches as NCAA Division II No. 2-ranked Barry beat Division I Binghamton, 7-2, Thursday at Buccaneer Tennis Center. With her singles victory, Wendling moved within six of the school's all-time mark on a day she and Julie Stas were honored for playing in their final regular season match at Barry.

"What I really want the most is to win, with everyone, a national championship again if we can," Wendling said after sweeping Missy Edelblum, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6 singles to improve to 67-11 in her four-year career.

Wendling and Stas have accounted for 93 singles victories and 83 doubles wins in their careers.

"They're big impact players," Bucs coach Avi Kigel said. "They've helped me to bring this program where my vision was, so it's going to be tough to let them go, but it's time. It's tough to replace them, or impossible to replace them, but we'll get the right players, and hopefully keep moving this program the right way."

Wendling and Linda Fritschken beat Emma Leibowicz and Taylor Hollander, 8-2, at No. 3 doubles. Stas and Olivia Matuszak beat Jillian Santos and Edelblum, 8-4, at No. 2 pairs. Cristy Valladares and Mona Mansour defeated Marina Bykovskaya and Katherine Medianik, 8-4, at No. 1 as Barry swept the doubles points to take a 3-0 match lead.

Barry (18-0) is 45-9 in doubles matches this season. Stas picked up her 51st career doubles win.

"It's probably the most beautiful experience that I've ever been through. It was really great to play here for three years," Stas said. "Winning the nationals last year was probably the most beautiful day of my life and best experience ever.

"I really think we have amazing players here on this team, and we've come along here together. We all want it, and when you want something, everything is possible."

Binghamton (5-11) picked up a win at No. 4 singles when Matuszak, leading 3-0 in the first set, retired with an injury. Mansour rolled to a 6-2, 6-4 No. 5 singles victory over Leibowicz to bump Barry ahead 5-1.

Fritschken beat Bykovskaya, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3 singles, and Valladares defeated Santos, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 1 to wrap up the Buccaneers' sixth and seventh points.

Barry will play at Nova Southeastern in the final regular season match April 14 in Davie, Fla., before turning its sights toward the postseason.

"We're very confident," Kigel said. "We're not really looking at the numbers. If it's 18-0 or 18-1, it doesn't really matter. What's important is that we're getting better each match, and being prepared for postseason, which is the most important part of the season."

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