No. 2 Barry edges No. 5 Hawaii Pacific
Valladares wins final five games to lift Bucs past Warriors
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Cristina Valladares gave the Buccaneers the ultimate jolt on Friday.
With No. Barry deadlocked at 4-4 against No. 5 Hawai'i Pacific, 48th-ranked Valladares trailed No. 27 Celina Goetti 5-2 in the third set. But Valladares ripped off five consecutive games to win the match, giving the Bucs a 5-4 exhilarating win.
"It was all about condition and heart," Barry coach Avi Kigel said. "It was great energy."
Barry (10-0) completed its three-match trip to Southern California with triumphs against two top-20 teams and another against the No. 2-ranked NAIA team, which is moving to Division II next year.
The Buccaneers trailed 2-1 after doubles play as the Sea Warriors (4-2) picked up victories at the Nos. 2-3 flights. Barry's Linda Fritschken and Caroline Wendling beat Vivian Hansen and Magdelana Smejova, 8-3, at the No. 1 pairs spot in a critical win.
Barry won the top three singles flights, including No. 47 Linda Fritschken's three-set comeback victory against No. 8 Zora Vlckova, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0, at the No. 1 spot. Sarah Krohnen outlasted Magdalena Smejova, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-2) in another gutty win for the Bucs.
Barry's No. 49-ranked Caroline Wendling and No. 43 Olivia Matuszak suffered their first losses of the season -- Matuszak in a wire-to-wire three-set No. 5 flight battle with Ielyzaveta Rybakova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
Mona Mansour beat Carrie Shuler in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6 for the Buccaneers' fourth singles victory.
Valladares' 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5 win against Goetti epitomized the determination Barry mustered up all week in Southern California.
"She had opportunities in the first set," Kigel said. "That girl [Goetti] is a very good tennis player."
"We're definitely stronger," Kigel said. "We had two really tough matches out here against Fresno Pacific and Hawai'i Pacific. We were a little bit shorthanded, and we were able to come through. We're definitely a better team than we were a week ago."