Goia to Play for FIU Panther Invitational Title

Goia to Play for FIU Panther Invitational Title
Karina Goia advanced to the finals for the second consecutive year at the Panther Invitational. NCAA photo

MIAMI, Fla. – Barry University women’s tennis player Karina Goia will play for the Florida International Panther Invitational singles title for a second straight year.

In the B Bracket, Barry’s Karina Goia rolled past FIU’s Kaitlin Brozovich, 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals. She also defeated FGCU’s Elizabeth Means, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the semis to reach Sunday’s 9 a.m. finals.

Goia won the top flight title last year.

In the A Bracket, Barry’s Sonja Larsen won her quarterfinals match with FIU’s Nerma Caluk, 6-2, 6-3. Larsen fell in the semifinals. Larsen will play Florida Gulf Coast’s Breana Stampfli for third place at 9 a.m. Sunday.

Barry’s Elisabeth Abanda beat NSU’s Linda Komienko in the B quarterfinals. Abanda fell, 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), to FIU’s Nina Nagode in the semis. Abanda will play Elizabeth Means for third place 9 a.m. Sunday.

Barry’s Linda Fritschken lost to FIU’s Carlotta Orlando, 6-3, 7-5, in the A Draw quarters. Bucs teammate Emma Onila retired in the first set of her quarterfinals match with Nova Southeastern’s Francesca Sella.  Barry’s Ana Pain defaulted to Nagode in the B quarters.

Barry’s Jasi Witherspoon lost to Nova’s Bianca Roberts, 6-1, 6-4, in the C Draw. Barry’s Kimmy Twelker defaulted to Eastern Michigan’s Maria Paula Ribero in the B Draw consolation bracket.

In doubles play, Onila and Fritschken lost to FIU’s Yana Koroleva and Caluk, 8-4, in the championship match. Abanda and Ana Pain defeated Nova’s Carlee Rizzolo and Sella, 8-1, in the third place match.