DII women's tennis: Barry caps perfect season with championship sweep of Lynn
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. — Ana Pain, you just won the national championship. Where are you and your teammates going to go?
Barry University's No. 2-ranked women's tennis team beat No. 3 Lynn 5-0 on Saturday at Sanlando Park to win the NCAA Division II National Championship in dominating fashion. It is the program's third national title and second in four years at the same venue. It is Barry University's 17th national championship overall.
Pain, a senior from Noumea, New Caledonia, beat Martina Gledacheva, 6-0, 6-4, at No. 5 singles to clinch the title.
"I'm just so happy to leave like this," Pain said. "I'm just so happy as a senior I stepped up and helped my team with this victory because we really deserved it."
- Barry swept the doubles matches to take a commanding lead.
- Verena Schmid and Isabel Rapisarda Calvo defeated Tereza Hejlova and Gledacheva 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Zuza Maciejewska and Dasha Salnikova wore down 11th-ranked Grace Mpassy and Diana Bogolii 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Fourth-ranked Sonja Larsen and Pain finished the Fighting Knights off with an 8-6 victory over third-ranked Rosalie Willig and Stefanie Stemmer at No. 1.
- Larsen moved Barry within a point of the title when she defeated Hejlova in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. Pain secured the title on the court right next to her, setting off a celebration at Sanlando.
- Barry took the first set in five of the six singles matches to put Lynn on its heels.
- Eleventh-ranked Salnikova took the first set from 17th-ranked Willig 6-4 and led 3-2 in the second at the No. 2 position when Pain closed it out.
- Schmid, who took the No. 33 singles ranking in the country into the match, won the opening set against 30th-ranked Bogolii 6-4 and trailed 2-1 in the second.
- Twenty first-ranked Rapisarda Calvo led Stemmer, 6-4, 4-3, at No. 4 singles.
- The Buccaneers have won all three of their national championships at Sanlando Park.
- It is the second time Barry beat Lynn to win the national title, having done so in 2011 for the program's first championship.
- The Bucs captured the Sunshine State Conference's 100th national championship in all sports in league history.
- Head coach Avi Kigel has guided the Bucs to all three of their titles.
- Assistant coach Steve Schram and volunteer assistant Yeffrens Paiva collected their first national championship.
- Pain and Goia have been a part of two national championship teams, having won their first together in Altamonte Springs in 2014.
- Larsen went 28-0 in singles this season to set a school record.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
"The feeling is amazing to win another national championship. We felt from the beginning this could be a great team, and we could do something special. I'm so proud of the girls. On the biggest stage in college tennis, we were able to play our best match against a really good Lynn team. Of course, it's a great feeling to go undefeated. This is just a testament to how great of a team this was. They did not accept anything but winning. That's what makes them champions. We kept talking all year long about destiny. We told them their destiny was to go all the way, and be the best in Barry women's tennis. All credit to them, they made it happen."
-- Barry nine-year head coach Avi Kigel