Women's Tennis Bumps Off #2 Knights To Claim SSC Tourney Top Seed

Fifth-ranked Barbi Pocza completed a comeback from 4-1 down to a 5-4 win with a victory at #1 singles. Photo by Joel Auerbach.
BOCA RATON, Fla.—The fourth-ranked Barry Buccaneers mounted a huge comeback over the second-ranked Lynn Fighting Knights at the Perper Tennis Complex on Tuesday, winning 5-4 to take over first place in the Sunshine State Conference women’s tennis standings.
 
The Knights (16-2, 5-1 SSC) held a commanding 4-1 lead early in singles and needed just one more point to win, but were unable to get it. Fifth-ranked Barbi Pocza defeated seventh-ranked Katerina Jiskrova 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at number one singles to clinch the match for Barry (14-2, 7-0 SSC).
 
The Knights jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. The Bucs’ sixth-ranked pair of Pocza and Yulia Kashelkina upset the fifth-ranked pair of Magdalena Ekert and Katerina Jiskrova 8-3 at number. But the Knights came back to take the bottom two flights by identical 8-2 scores.
 
In singles, 18th-ranked Eleonora Ianozzi ripped through Kashelkina 6-1, 6-0 at number three and Tessie Salame made it 4-1 Lynn with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mia Fiocca at number five.
 
But Berit Peterson defeated Christine Johnstone 7-6 (7), 6-1 at number six and Caroline Wendling pulled out a three-set 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Jessica Yanoff at number four.
 
At number two, 12th-ranked Angie Werschel bumped off #16 Elkert 6-4, 7-5 to set up Pocza’s clincher.
 
The Bucs close out conference play on Wednesday, Apr. 7 against Nova Southeastern, but have already clinch the #1 seed at the SSC Tournament, Apr. 15-17 in Lakeland, Fla.
 
Tennis Match Results
Barry vs Lynn
03/30/10 at Boca Raton, Fla.
(Perper Tennis Complex)
 
#4 Barry 5, #2 Lynn 4
 
 Singles competition
1. #5 Barbi Pocza (BUW) def. #7 Katerina Jiskrova (LUW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
2. #12 Angie Werschel (BUW) def. #16 Magdalena Ekert (LUW) 6-4, 7-5
3. #18 Eleonora Iannozzi (LUW) def. #40 Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) 6-1, 6-0
4. Caroline Wendling (BUW) def. Jessica Yanoff (LUW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
5. Tessie Salame (LUW) def. Mia Fiocca (BUW) 6-1, 6-1
6. Berit Peterson (BUW) def. Christine Johnstone (LUW) 7-6 (9-7), 6-1
 
 Doubles competition
1. #6 Barbi Pocza/Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) def. #5 Magdalena Ekert/Katerina Jiskrova (LUW) 8-3
2. Tessie Salame/Jessica Yanoff (LUW) def. Julie Stas/Caroline Wendling (BUW) 8-2
3. Eleonora Iannozzi/Christine Johnstone (LUW) def. #20 Angie Werschel/Mia Fiocca (BUW) 8-2
 
Match Notes:
Barry 14-2, 7-0 SSC; National ranking #4
Lynn 16-2, 5-1 SSC; National ranking #2

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