MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Barry University Buccaneers proved to be too much for the 12th-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team as the Bucs handed the Lions their first Sunshine State Conference defeat of the season with a 9-0 decision on Sunday afternoon from south Florida.
After upsetting Lynn University last weekend at home, the Lions (6-2, 2-1 SSC) traveled to Miami hoping for the same fortunes, but the luck would not travel with the team as Barry (6-0, 4-0 SSC) swept Saint Leo in all singles sets and claimed close doubles matches.
With momentum up for grabs in doubles, the Lions' No. 1 tandem of Laura Kemkes and Emily Singleton could not overcome some tough play by the Bucs' top singles crew of Elisabeth Abanda and Emma Onila as the hosts hung on for an 8-6 victory. That loss, couple with an 8-5 setback by Coralie Pesenti and Adrianna Daskiewicz gave the edge to the Bucs, and they capitalized for the match victory.
The Lions will look to rebound when they travel to face the University of Tampa on Wednesday afternoon. The Sunshine State Conference match is scheduled to get underway at 3:00 p.m. in Tampa.
#5 Barry 9, #12 Saint Leo 0
02/24/13 at Miami Shores, Fla. (Buccaneer Tennis Center)
|1. Elisabeth Abanda (BUW) def. Coralie Pesenti (SLW) 6-1, 6-1|
|2. #19 Linda Fritschken (BUW) def. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 6-0, 6-1|
|3. Emma Onila (BUW) def. #18 Laura Kemkes (SLW) 6-1, 6-2|
|4. Karina Goia (BUW) def. Maria Benkirane (SLW) 6-0, 6-0|
|5. Kimmy Twelker (BUW) def. Emily Singleton (SLW) 6-1, 6-1|
|6. Akemi Maehama (BUW) def. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) 6-4, 6-2|
|1. Elisabeth Abanda/Emma Onila (BUW) def. Laura Kemkes/Emily Singleton (SLW) 8-6|
|2. Kimmy Twelker/Linda Fritschken (BUW) def. Pauline Helgesson/Maria Benkirane (SLW) 8-1|
|3. Karina Goia/Isabela Miro (BUW) def. Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) 8-5|
|Saint Leo 6-2, 2-1 SSC; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #2|
|Barry 6-0, 4-0 SSC; National ranking #5; Regional ranking #1|