Women's Tennis Opens Season with Win

Emma Onila beat two ranked opponents in singles and doubles play to open the season in No. 3 Barry's 9-0 sweep of No. 15 Florida Tech. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry University women's tennis team opened the season with a 9-0 sweep of No. 15 Florida Tech Saturday at Buccaneer Tennis Center.

The No. 3-ranked Buccaneers won all the matches in straight sets and handily took care of the doubles in a dominating opening day performance.

"It was pretty good tennis," Bucs coach Avi Kigel said.

Barry's No. 1-ranked doubles team of Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken beat No. 19 Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic, 8-3 at the No. 1 pairs flight. Onila, ranked No. 8 in singles, also beat the 12th-ranked Huba, 6-3, 7-5, at No. 1 singles in the toughest match of the day.

At No. 2 doubles, Kimmy Twelker and newcomer Anaeve Pain disposed of Jessica Widmark and Merritt Rabson, 8-2. Karina Goia and another Bucs rookie, Blanka Szavay, were 8-3 winners over Chloe Chanley and Katie Close at No. 3 pairs.

Fritschken, who opens the spring with a No. 31 ranking, beat Vukovic in a 6-0, 6-1 walkover. Goia, who earned a No. 19 singles ranking, defeated Widmark almost equally impressively, winning 6-0, 6-2. 

Pain won her first singles match as a Buccaneer, beating Rabson, 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4. Szavay also picked up her first singles victory in Barry Red and Black with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Chanley at No. 5. Barry senior Akemi Maehama swept Gwendolyn Kauffman, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 6.

The Bucs host NAIA No. 7-ranked Embry-Riddle, which will join the Sunshine State Conference next year, at 10 a.m. Sunday. 


Oh oh ....

We are sorry but it appears that JavaScript is disabled on your browser.
Our site is very interactive and it requires JavaScript to be enabled.
Click on the link below for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Enable JavaScript on your browser