Goia, Valladares Advance to FIU Women's Tennis Finals

MIAMI -- Barry University women's tennis players Karina Goia and Cristina Valladares both will play for singles titles Sunday at Florida International University's Panther Invitational.

Goia beat FIU's Carlotta Orlando, 6-0, 6-3, in the Flight 1 singles semifinals. She will meet Florida Gulf Coast's Sarah Means in Sunday's 9 a.m. championship match.

Valladares was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over Liberty's Belen Rivera in the Flight 2 semis. Valladares, one of two seniors in the Bucs' lineup, will meet FIU's Aleksandra Trifunovic in the finals. Barry's other senior, Akemi Maehama, lost to Trifunovic, 6-1, 6-0, in the other second flight semifinals match.

The Buccaneers doubles teams of Elisabeth Abanda and Goia lost to Orlando and Trifunovic, 8-5, in the Flight 1 doubles semifinals. Maehama and Valladares fell to FIU's Tina Mohorcic and Nina Nagode, 8-3. 

Abanda beat Liberty's Mariela Hassey, 7-5, 6-0, in the Flight 1 singles consolation semifinals. Barry freshman Jasi Witherspoon lost to Mohorcic, 6-2, 6-1, in the Flight 3 singles consolation semis.

Sunday will complete the Bucs' three-day appearance in FIU's fall event. Next weekend will complete Barry's fall season when Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken compete in the ITA Indoor National Championships in Flushing, N.Y.