Women's Tennis Players Move on to ITA Regional Semis

Women's Tennis Players Move on to ITA Regional Semis
Elisabeth Abanda battled through two tough matches Saturday. Photo by Joel Auerbach

PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Barry University women's tennis players moved on at the ITA South Region Championships Saturday at the University of West Florida.

Eighth-seeded Emma Onila defeated Rollins' Johanna Olson, 6-1, 6-1, Saturday morning in the Round of 16. Karina Goia was a 6-7, 6-3, 10-5 comeback winner over Florida Southern's third-seeded Magda Riutort to send her on to the quarterfinals, along with Onila and seventh-seeded Elisabeth Abanda. Abanda defeated West Florida's Nina Bubelova, 6-2, 5-7, 10-7.

Barry's Linda Fritschken lost her Round of 16 match against Lynn's fourth-seeded Ioana Ivan, 6-0, 6-3.

In the quarterfinals, Onila defeated Florida Tech's top-seeded Kristina Huba, 7-5, 2-6, 10-4, to advance to Sunday's semifinals. Goia defeated Lynn's Andrea Berkova, 6-3, 6-1, to move on to the semis. Abanda lost to Lynn's second-seeded Val Confaloneiri, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, in another battle.  

Onila will face Ivan in Sunday's 10 a.m. semifinals. Goia meets Confalonieri in the other semi.

In the doubles quarterfinals, fourth-seeded Abanda and Goia defeated Saint Leo's Anastasia Wagner and Paula Montoya, 8-5, to move on to Sunday's 1 p.m. semifinals, where the Buccaneers pair will meet Lynn's top-seeded duo of Ivan and Confaloneiri.

In the other quarterfinal pairs match, Barry's second-seeded Onila and Fritschken were easy 8-1 winners over Tampa's Meg Wladimirski and Lauren Hewett. Onila and Fritschken will play Florida Southern's third-seeded Sabine Goge and Riutort in Sunday's other 1 p.m. semifinal.