Women's Tennis Rolls Rollins

Women's Tennis Rolls Rollins
Julie Stas has been serving up winners for three years at Barry. She won two matches Sunday. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry women's tennis team is one win away from going unbeaten in the regular season after the No. 2 Buccaneers beat No. 12 Rollins, 8-1, Sunday at Buccaneer Tennis Center.

Barry, which improved to 17-0 overall, 7-0 in the SSC, can wrap up a perfect regular season with a win over Nova Southeastern April 14 to close the regular season.

"We have been playing good and working hard, and hopefully we stay healthy," Bucs coach Avi Kigel said. "Rollins is a good team, and we played well. We're very happy we got to beat them."

The Bucs, now 10-0 against nationally-ranked teams and 5-0 against South Region-ranked opponents, ran their record to 11-0 at Buccaneer Tennis Center. Barry is 10-0 in region matches.

Cristy Valladares and Mona Mansour beat Kayli Ragsdale and Lisa Loft, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. Caroline Wendling and Linda Fritschken won 8-5 over Mariana Salvador and Ashley Rosenberg at No. 2. Olivia Matuszak and Julie Stas defeated Callie Whitlock and Stef Tkach, 8-1, at No. 3 pairs.

That gave the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead over the Tars (8-8, 3-3) after doubles play.

Matuszak, making her first appearance in just over three weeks after trainer Scott Freer and the Bucs' staff got her ready for the stretch run following an injury suffered in San Diego in early March, was back on top of her game, beating Elissa DeCampli, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles.  

"We're very happy to have Olivia back in the lineup in singles and doubles, and healthy," Kigel said. "She's definitely a big part of the team, and we're definitely going to need her for the end stretch of the season."

Mansour swept Salvador, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles to improve her record to 9-0 this season. Sarah Krohnen breezed by Ragsdale, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 6 to improve to 11-2.

Stas beat Whitlock, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 4 singles to bump her record to 11-2. In the last match to finish, Fritschken beat Loft, 6-1, 6-1, at the top flight to improve to 11-1.

Barry will host Division I Binghamton at 10 a.m. Thursday in the final regular season home match of the season. The Bucs will honor departing seniors Julie Stas and Caroline Wendling.