BOCA RATON, Fla. – Junior Rosalie Willig battled out a three-set singles victory with the match tied at 4-4 to give the fifth-ranked Lynn University women's tennis team a crucial Sunshine State Conference victory over second-ranked Barry University in the team's regular-season finale on Saturday.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Lynn 5, Barry 4
Records: #5 Lynn (18-3, 6-2 SSC), #2 Barry (13-2, 4-2 SSC)
Location: Perper Tennis Complex | Boca Raton, Fla.
All-time Series: Lynn leads 41-15
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Barry's double dose of nationally-ranked doubles squads gave the Bucs a 2-1 lead with wins at the top two flights.
- Grace Mpassy and Martina Gledacheva prevented the doubles shutout with an 8-4 triumph at No. 3.
- In singles, sixth-ranked Diana Bogolii made quick work of Emma Onila at the top spot, 6-3, 6-1.
- Alina Jane's 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 6 shortly after put the Fighting Knights ahead in the match, but the Bucs knotted it back up with a straight-set victory at No. 2 from eighth-ranked Zuza Maciejewska.
- The squads then traded wins again to bring the match to a 4-4 tie. Gledacheva boasted the win for the Blue & White at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1. Barry's 11th-ranked Sonja Larsen took the No. 4 matchup.
- After winning the first set at No. 3, 20th-ranked Willig fought from behind in the second frame but couldn't catch 21st-ranked Ana Pain. Willig took care of business in the deciding set however for a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 triumph to secure the match for Lynn.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Lynn posted its first win over Barry since 2011. The Bucs had won the previous nine matchups entering today.
At 6-2, the Fighting Knights currently stand in third place in the SSC standings with most of the teams still having matches to complete. The SSC Championship will take place at the University of Tampa from Thursday, April 28 to Saturday, April 30. Stay tuned at LynnFightingKnights.com for the squad's postseason matchups.