Women's Tennis Attacks Sharks, 8-1

Women's Tennis Attacks Sharks, 8-1
Barry's 19th-ranked Karina Goia was a 6-1, 6-3 winner at No. 3 singles. Photo by Joel Auerbach

DAVIE, Fla. -- Barry University women's tennis team beat host Nova Southeastern, 8-1, Tuesday. The Buccaneers improved to 5-0 overall, 4-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.

Ranked No. 3 in the nation, the Bucs swept the doubles matches, despite a little challenge at the No. 2 and 3 pairs flights. Barry won five of the six singles matches in straight sets.

At No. 1 doubles, Barry's No. 1-ranked duo of Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken beat Sabrina Kierberg and Alex Kaeser, 8-2. At No. 2, Kimmy Twelker and Anaeve Pain defeated NSU's Alex Johansson and Charlotte Cote, 8-4. Blanka Szavay and Isabela Miro beat the Sharks' No. 3 tandem of Iryna Serdyuk and Linda Kornienko, 8-4. 

Onila, the No. 8-ranked singles player in the nation, beat the 37th-ranked Johansson, 6-0, 6-3, at No. 1 singles. Kierberg upset the 31st-ranked Fritschken, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), at No. 2 singles. That snapped a 21-match win streak for Fritschken, a junior from Berlin, Germany.

At No. 3 singles, Barry's 19th-ranked Karina Goia was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Carlee Rizzolo. Pain defeated Cote, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 4. Barry's ninth-ranked Elisabeth Abanda was an easy 6-1, 6-2 winner over Kornienko at No. 5. Szavay cruised by Nova's Bianca Roberts, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6.

The Sharks fell to 2-3 overall, 2-2 in the SSC.

Barry will play at No. 8 Saint Leo Friday to begin a three-match road trip. The Bucs also play Eckerd Saturday before meeting No. 1 Armstrong Atlantic, the two-time defending national champs, Sunday at IMG Academy in Bradenton.