Feb. 15, 2010


Courtesy of Barry Athletics

After dropping two of three doubles matches, the Barry women’s tennis team rebounded to take every singles match and beat #4 Valdosta State 7-2 on Monday at the Buccaneer Tennis Center.

“I am very pleased with the way we played today,” Barry head coach Avi Kigel said. “With a young group like we have, sometimes you just don’t know what will happen when they take the court. Today we came together and beat a very good team.”

Barbi Pocza teamed up with Yulia Kashelkina at the top doubles position and rolled through Valdosta’s #14 nationally-ranked top doubles pair of Raphaelle Durante and Tina Trautmann 8-0.

But the Blazers came back to win the bottom two flights. The 19th-ranked pair, Natali Gumbrecht and Hollie Bees, defeated Mia Fiocca and Caroline Wendling 8-4 at number two. At the bottom flight, Sonya Haggstrom and Kristel de Groot edged Angie Werschel and Julie Stas 8-6.

Pocza and Kashelkina also added singles wins, Pocza from the top of the Buccaneer lineup and Kashelkina from the #3 position. Pocza won 6-3, 6-4 over Natali Gumbrecht, the #7 nationally-ranked player. Kashelkina also defeated a nationally-ranked opponent in Tina Trautman, the #9 player in the nation 6-3, 7-5.

Tenth-ranked Angie Werschel defeated #40 Raphaelle Durante 6-1, 7-5 at the #2 position. Rounding out singles play, Julie Stas defeated Holly Bees 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, (13-11) at the #4 spot. Caroline Wendling defeated Sonya Haggstrom 6-1, 6-1 at five, and freshman Mia Fiocca beat Kristel de Groot 6-1, 6-2 at number six.

The next action for Barry is Saturday, Feb. 20 at Saint Leo.