Women's Tennis Rolls Over Panthers In SSC Tournament

Women's Tennis Rolls Over Panthers In SSC Tournament
Akemi Maehama blanked Aly Ruschak 6-0, 6-0 to clinch the opening round match. Photo by Joel Auerbach.

WINTER PARK, Florida—The top-seeded Barry Buccaneers made short work of #8 seed Florida Tech 5-0 in the first round of the 2014 Sunshine State Conference Women’s Tennis Tournament on Thursday at the Bert R. Martin Tennis Complex on the campus of Rollins College.

In four of the five completed matches, the Bucs (21-1) lost a total of two games. At the number one doubles flight, the 25th-ranked Buccaneer pair of Kimmy Twelker and Anaeve Pain pulled a mild upset by beating the Panthers’ 15th-ranked pair of Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic to complete the doubles sweep.

At number two, Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken, ranked sixth after winning the NCAA Division II doubles title in the fall, shutout Chloe Chanley and Jessica Widmark 8-0, while at number three Karina Goia and Blanka Szavay defeated Merritt Rabson and Katie Close 8-1.

In singles, the Bucs took first sets at five of six flights and led in the other. Christina Valladares made it 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Gwendolyn Kauffmann at the fifth flight. Akemi Maehama closed out the match 6-0, 6-0 over Aly Ruschak at number six.

The Bucs now face #4 Rollins, a 5-1 winner over Florida Southern, in the semifinals tomorrow at 12:30 pm.

Tennis Match Results
Florida Tech vs Barry
04-24-14 at Winter Park, Fla.
(Martin Complex)

#1 Barry 5, #37 Florida Tech 0

 Singles competition
1. #7 Emma Onila (BARRY) vs. Natasa Vukovic (FIT) 4-3, unfinished
2. #10 Karina Goia (BARRY) vs. Chloe Chanley (FIT) 6-0, 3-0, unfinished
3. #43 Linda Fritschken (BARRY) vs. Katie Close (FIT) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
4. Elisabeth Abanda (BARRY) vs. Jessica Widmark (FIT) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished
5. Cristina Valladares (BARRY) def. Gwendolyn Kauffmann (FIT) 6-0, 6-1
6. Akemi Maehama (BARRY) def. Aly Ruschak (FIT) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. #25 Kimmy Twelker/Anaeve Pain (BARRY) def. #15 Kristina Huba/Natasa Vukovic (FIT) 9-7
2. #6 Emma Onila/Linda Fritschken (BARRY) def. Chloe Chanley/Jessica Widmark (FIT) 8-0
3. Karina Goia/Blanka Szavay (BARRY) def. Meritt Rabson/Katie Close (FIT) 8-1

Match Notes:
Florida Tech 10-13; National ranking #37
Barry 21-1; National ranking #1; Regional ranking #1
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (5,6)
2014 Sunshine State Conference Tournament First Round
Official: Bill Kelly  T-2:46