No. 3 Women's Tennis Handles No. 7 Argos

Blanka Szavay bounced back from a first-set loss to win in a super tiebreaker. Photo by Joel Auerbach

MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Had it not been for an injury, Barry University women's tennis may have been looking at a clean sweep. Instead the No. 3 Buccaneers settled for a 7-2 win over No. 7 West Florida Monday.

It was the Bucs' fourth win over a ranked opponent in the past eight days, during a stretch in which Barry scheduled eight matches in a two-week time phrame. Barry ran its record to 13-0 overall, 9-0 against nationally-ranked teams.

Barry's No. 1-ranked doubles team of Linda Fritschen and Emma Onila dropped their match at No. 1 pairs to West Florida's Monika Kochanova and Laure-Eline Faure, 8-4. Onila was suffering with injuries during the day, and eventually retired in singles play after a set in her match with the 20th-ranked Kochanova after dropping the first set, 6-1.

Those were the only two blemishes in an otherwise productive day for the Buccaneers, who vaulted 19th-ranked Karina Goia into the No. 2 singles spot to replace Fritschken. Goia won her singles match easily, 6-0, 6-1, over Faure.

Goia and Abanda, the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the nation, beat Nina Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral, 8-4, at the No. 3 flight. Kimmy Twelker and Ana Pain were 8-1 winners over Kat Dikosavljevic and Giovana Patitucci at No. 2

Pain beat Bubelova, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 3. Abanda, the ninth-ranked singles player in the country defeated Dikosavljevic, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4. Twelker was a 6-0, 6-3 winner over Amaral at No. 5. Blanka Szavay needed a third-set super tiebreaker to beat Sarai Flores, 2-6, 6-2, 10-2, after responding from a sluggish first set.

The Buccaneers will play NCAA Division I Middle Tennessee State at 3 p.m. Wednesday and NAIA No. 1-ranked Auburn-Montgomery at 2 p.m. Thursday.




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