Women's Tennis Blanks Lions To Reach Regional Final

Saskia Kruse closed out the match at number six. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
MIAMI SHORES, Fla.—The Barry Buccaneers advanced to the finals of the NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Southeast-II Regional Tournament with a 5-0 win over Saint Leo at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Friday.
 
In doubles, the match went all for the Buccaneers (19-6). The Buccaneers’ top tandem, 11th-ranked Ildiko Csordas and Caroline Stevens shutout Lina Benkirane and Asmaa Tazi 8-0 at number one. At number two, Angie Werschel and Helen Wisniewski closed out Shaena Keefe and Taylor Cleaves 8-2. Olivia Lilien and Berit Peterson made it a clean sweep with an 8-4 win over Veronica Queen and Gina Schifano at number three.
 
In singles, the Bucs got their two points at the bottom two flights. Lilien shut down Schifano 6-2, 6-0 at number five to make to 4-0. Saskia Kruse, a late addition to the singles lineup, rallied from down 4-1 in the first set to beat Cleaves 6-4, 6-0 at number six.
 
The Bucs will face the winner of the Rollins/Tusculum match in the championship at 11:00 am on Saturday. The winner will advance to the national tournament at the NCAA Division II Spring Sports Festival in Houston, Texas May 14-17.
 
Tennis Match Results
Saint Leo vs Barry
5/09/2008 at Miami Shores, Fla.
(Buccaneer Tennis Center)
 
#8 Barry 5, #32 Saint Leo 0
 
 Singles competition
1. #8 Ildiko Csordas (BUW) vs. Lina Benkirane (SLW) 6-4, 2-2, unfinished
2. #23 Caroline Stevens (BUW) vs. Asmaa Tazi (SLW) 3-6, 3-2, unfinished
3. #33 Angie Werschel (BUW) vs. Shaena Keefe (SLW) 6-4, 0-2, unfinished
4. Helen Wisniewski (BUW) vs. Veronica Queen (SLW) 6-1, 4-2, unfinished
5. Olivia Lilien (BUW) def. Gina Schifano (SLW) 6-2, 6-0
6. Saskia Kruse (BUW) def. Taylor Cleaves (SLW) 6-4, 6-0
 
 Doubles competition
1. #11 Ildiko Csordas/Caroline Stevens (BUW) def. Lina Benkirane/Asmaa Tazi (SLW) 8-0
2. Angie Werschel/Helen Wisniewski (BUW) def. Shaena Keefe/Taylor Cleaves (SLW) 8-2
3. Berit Peterson/Olivia Lilien (BUW) def. Veronica Queen/Gina Schifano (SLW) 8-4
 
Match Notes:
Saint Leo 13-11; National ranking #32
Barry 19-6; National ranking #8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (,5,6)
Official: Cecil Wise 

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