Women's Tennis Sweeps Florida Tech

Elisabeth Abanda beat the No. 4-ranked player in the country in a third-set tiebreaker to win her first college match. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MELBOURNE, Fla. -- Barry assistant coach Maria Lopez gushed over her team's effort. Finally, they have doubles dynamics.

"I haven't seen our doubles teams play that well in a long time," Lopez said. "Our girls were working so well together. They were coming together after every point. It was great."

A good start indeed for the No. 5-ranked Buccaneers in a 9-0 victory at No. 18 Florida Tech Saturday to open the season. Barry used three new players in a lineup that featured a major facelift. But they all delivered.

Freshman Elisabeth Abanda knocked off No. 4-ranked Kristina Huba, 6-2, 2-6, 10-5 at No. 1 singles in her first collegiate match. She and fellow freshman Emma Onila paired to beat Huba and Stephanie Dohner, 8-2, at No. 1 doubles.

Barry's 18th-ranked doubles team of Linda Fritschken and Isabelo Miro rang up an 8-2 win over Abbey Keister and Chloe Chanley at No. 2 pairs. Akemi Maehama and Karina Goia defeated Jessica Widmark and Charlotte Fahnehjelm, 8-0, at No. 3.

Fritschken, ranked 19th in the nation in singles, rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dohner at the No. 2 spot. Onila collected her first collegiate singles victory with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Chanley at No. 3. Maehama breezed to a 6-0, 6-1 win over Fahnehjelm at No. 4.

Miro, a transfer from Oklahoma State who played during the fall season with the Bucs, beat Keister, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5. Goia won her first college match, defeating Katie Close, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 6.


#5 Barry 9, #18 Florida Tech 0
at Melbourne, Fla. (Fee Avenue Courts)

Singles competition

1. Elisabeth Abanda (BUW) def. #4 Kristina Huba (FTW) 6-2, 2-6, 10-5

2. #19 Linda Fritschken (BUW) def. Stephanie Dohner (FTW) 6-2, 6-1

3. Emma Onila (BUW) def. Chloe Chanley (FTW) 6-1, 6-2

4. Akemi Maehama (BUW) def. Charlotte Fahnehjelm (FTW) 6-0, 6-1

5. Isabela Miro (BUW) def. Abbey Keister (FTW) 6-2, 6-2

6. Karina Goia (BUW) def. Katie Close (FTW) 6-0, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Elisabeth Abanda/Emma Onila (BUW) def. Kristina Huba/Stephanie Dohner (FTW) 8-2

2. #18 Linda Fritschken/Isabela Miro (BUW) def. Abbey Keister/Chloe Chanley (FTW) 8-2

3. Akemi Maehama/Karina Goia (BUW) def. Jessica Widmark/Charlotte Fahnehjelm (FTW) 8-0


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