Women's Tennis Skins Fifth-Ranked Cougars

Yulia Kashelkina (right) and partner Barbi Pocza combined for three points to lead the Bucs over the Cougars. Photo by Andy Havens.
MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The fourth-ranked Barry Buccaneers dominated the fifth-ranked Columbus State Cougars 8-1 at the Blue/Gray Classic in Montgomery, Ala., in women’s tennis action at Lagoon Park on Friday.
 
The Bucs (16-2) grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles. The Cougars (14-3) got on the board first as Sofia Persson and Gabriela Vasilescu knocked off Caroline Wendling and Berit Peterson 8-3 at number two. Angie Werschel and Julie Stas evened the match by beating Tracy Castillo and Lucy Bird 8-4 at number three.
 
At the top flight, sixth-ranked Barbi Pocza and Yulia Kashelkina salvaged a 9-8 (3) win at number one over the 11th-ranked duo of Loriane Favoretto and Hanae Toumi.
 
The Bucs had to work overtime in singles as five of the six matches went to third sets. At number three, #40 Kasehelkina got her match done in two, beating Sofia Persson 6-4, 6-1.
 
Fifth-ranked Pocza split sets at number one with #22 Favoretto losing 3-6 in the first set, but bouncing back to take the next two 6-0, 6-4.
 
Caroline Wendling beat Vasilescu at number four 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 to clinch the match.
 
With the match decided, the final three matches all played super-tiebreakers in place of third sets. Peterson defeated Andrea Redrado 6-4, 2-6, 10-4 at number five, while 12th-ranked Werschel set down #24 Castillo 6-3, 1-6, 10-3 at number two. Stas closed out the match at number six, 6-4, 5-7, 10-5 against Bird.
 
The Bucs close out the Blue/Gray Classic on Saturday, taking on the host Auburn-Montgomery Senators, ranked number one in the NAIA, at 9:00 am. The Senators claimed a 7-2 win over the Bucs in Melbourne, Fla., on Mar. 18.
 
Tennis Match Results
Columbus State vs Barry
04/02/10 at Montgomery, Ala.
(Lagoon Park)
 
#4 Barry 8, #5 Columbus State 1
 
 Singles competition
1. #5 Barbi Pocza (BUW) def. #22 Loriane Favoretto (CSU) 3-6, 6-0, 6-4
2. #12 Angie Werschel (BUW) def. #24 Tracy Castillo (CSU) 6-3, 1-6, 10-3
3. #40 Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) def. Sofia Persson (CSU) 6-4, 6-1
4. Caroline Wendling (BUW) def. Gabriela Vasilescu (CSU) 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
5. Berit Peterson (BUW) def. Andrea Redrado (CSU) 6-4, 2-6, 10-4
6. Julie Stas (BUW) def. Lucy Bird (CSU) 6-4, 5-7, 10-5
 
 Doubles competition
1. #6 Barbi Pocza/Yulia Kashelkina (BUW) def. #11 Loriane Favoretto/Hanae Toumi (CSU) 9-8 (7-3)
2. Sofia Persson/Gabriela Vasilescu (CSU) def. Caroline Wendling/Berit Peterson (BUW) 8-3
3. Angie Werschel/Julie Stas (BUW) def. Tracy Castillo/Lucy Bird (CSU) 8-4
 
Match Notes:
Columbus State 14-4; National ranking #5
Barry 16-2; National ranking #4

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