Third-ranked Barry beats No. 8 Saint Leo 7-2 in seven-hour match
SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Barry team beat Saint Leo 7-2 in a match that lasted roughly seven hours Friday. The win moved the No. 3 Buccaneers to 6-0 overall, 5-0 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Saint Leo fell to 2-2 overall, 1-2 in the league.
Two of the three doubles matches went to a tiebreaker, and four singles matches needed a third set or tiebreaker to decide things. Only Barry sophomore Emma Onila's 6-3, 6-1 win against Coralie Pesenti at No. 1 singles and Bucs sophomore Elisabeth Abanda's 6-1, 6-3 victory against Paula Montoya at No. 5 were decided in straight sets.
Barry's No. 1 doubles team of Onila and Linda Fritschken survived a 9-8 (9-7) battle from Anastasia Wagner and Paula Montoya. Barry's No. 2 duo of Anaeve Pain and Kimmy Twelker got by Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson, 8-6. Saint Leo's No. 3 team of Maria Benkirane and Adriana Daszkiewicz beat Karina Goia and Isabela Miro, 9-8 (7-5).
Barry's Linda Fritschken needed three sets to defeat Wagner 0-6, 6-3, 6-0, at No. 2. Goia won a lengthy battle with Kemkes at No. 3 4-6, 7-6 (7-0), 11-9. Pain was a 6-1, 5-7, 10-5 winner against Benkirane at No. 4. Helgesson defeated Barry's Blanka Szavay 7-6 (7-4), 6-3.
No. 36 Point Loma Nazarene 5, No. 10 Fresno Pacific 4
SAN DIEGO -- Fresno Pacific let No. 36 Point Loma slip away 5-4 to fall for the second time in three matches to a ranked Division II opponent.
Petra Jurova scored a pair of wins earning an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles, along with partner Angelika Sobiecka, before winning in straight sets at No. 1 singles against Maika Adair 6-2, 6-0. Alison Carre and Laure-Anne Josso also earned three set victories in singles.
The Sunbirds led at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles before allowing a pair of 5-2 leads to slip away in what ultimately determined the outcome of the match.
"We let too many leads slip away," head coach Neil Castro said. "We were up in both doubles matches and we ended up losing. That can't happen if we are going to be successful as a team."