MIAMI SHORES, Fla. — Fourth-ranked Barry, playing short-handed, knocked off three-time defending national champion and top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic, 5-4 at the Buccaneer Tennis Center on Friday. The win snapped the Pirates’ 69 match winning streak, dating back to Mar. 31, 2009.
The Bucs (17-1) came out strong in doubles, taking two of three. The top pair of Barbi Pocza and Laura Boguet knocked off the Pirates third-ranked team of Alida Mueller-Wehlau and Barbora Krtickova 8-3 at number one. The Pirates (21-1) bounced back to take number two behind Alida Mueller-Wehlau and Tina Ronel as they beat Angie Werschel and Alex Gwizdowski 8-3. At number three, Julie Stas and Olivia Matuszak gave the Bucs the edge, beating Kathleen Henry and Joana Szymczyk 8-2.
With two key Buccaneers out of the singles lineup in Matuszak and Boguet, the Pirates started making a comeback in singles. The Bucs won the bottom two flights in very short order as Mona Mansour upset #46 Henry 6-3, 6-0 at number five, while Stas knocked out Jessica Gardefjord 6-2, 6-2 at number six.
But Armstrong Atlantic won the first set at the four remaining matches. Eleventh-ranked Krtickova defeated Caroline Wendling 6-2, 7-5 at number three. At number four, Ronel swept out Gwizdowski 6-3, 6-2 to narrow the gap to 4-3.
The top two flights both went to third sets, with the Bucs pulling out the victories. After AASU won 6-3 in the first set at number one, eighth-ranked Pocza fought off three match points against #5 Mueller-Wehlau in the second set to win in a tie-breaker 7-2, then dominated the third set 6-1 to clinch the match for Barry.
Werschel, ranked #33, recovered from a tie-break loss in the first set, to upset #11 Filipovsk 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-3 at number two to put the icing on the cake as the sun was setting over the Buccaneer Tennis Center.