Barry crushes No. 12 Rollins
Buccaneers clinch share of Sunshine State Conference
MIAMI SHORES, Fla. -- Barry clinched a share of the Sunshine State Conference regular-season title on Sunday after the No. 2 Buccaneers beat No. 12 Rollins 8-1.
Barry, which improved to 17-0 overall, 7-0 in the SSC, can win the outright league title with a win against Nova Southeastern on April 14 to close the regular season. Lynn, whom the Bucs beat, is one match behind in the loss column.
"We have been playing good and working hard, and hopefully we stay healthy," Bucs coach Avi Kigel said. "Rollins is a good team, and we played well. We're very happy we got to beat them."
The Bucs, now 10-0 against nationally-ranked teams and 5-0 against South Region-ranked opponents, ran their record to 11-0 at Buccaneer Tennis Center. Barry is 10-0 in region matches.
Cristy Valladares and Mona Mansour beat Kayli Ragsdale and Lisa Loft, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. Caroline Wendling and Linda Fritschken won 8-5 against Mariana Salvador and Ashley Rosenberg at No. 2. Olivia Matuszak and Julie Stas defeated Callie Whitlock and Stef Tkach, 8-1, at No. 3 pairs.
That gave the Buccaneers a 3-0 lead ahead of the Tars (8-8, 3-3) after doubles play.
Matuszak, making her first appearance in just over three weeks after trainer Scott Freer and the Bucs' staff got her ready for the stretch run following an injury suffered in San Diego in early March, was back on top of her game, beating Elissa DeCampli, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 5 singles.
"We're very happy to have Olivia back in the lineup in singles and doubles, and healthy," Kigel said. "She's definitely a big part of the team, and we're definitely going to need her for the end stretch of the season."
Mansour swept Salvador, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles to improve her record to 9-0 this season. Sarah Krohnen breezed by Ragsdale, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 6 to improve to 11-2.
Stas beat Whitlock, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 4 singles to bump her record to 11-2. In the last match to finish, Fritschken beat Loft, 6-1, 6-1, at the top flight to improve to 11-1.