Karina Goia's first singles win since April 5 sends Barry to national final
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. -- Barry will compete for the NCAA Division II national championship after beating Hawaii Pacific 5-1 in the semifinals Friday at Sanlando Park.
The Buccaneers (27-1) defeated the Sea Warriors (18-7) for the second time this season to reach the title match for the first time since 2011. That year, Barry won its first title, also at Sanlando Park.
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In Friday's semifinal match, Barry's Emma Onila and Linda Fritschken carved out an 8-3 win against Lorena Gheorghe and Magdalena Smejova at No. 2 doubles for the Bucs' first win. HPU's Vivian Hansen and Lea Kruse-Utermann beat Karina Goia and Blanka Szavay 8-4 at No. 3 doubles to tie the match at 1-1.
Barry's duo of Kimmy Twelker and Ana Pain sent the Buccaneers into singles with a 2-1 lead after defeating Karen Ramirez and Celina Goetti 8-4 at the top flight.
Onila led 6-1, 2-0 when her opponent, Ramirez, retired at the No. 1 spot. That put Barry ahead 3-1.
Barry's Elisabeth Abanda won her team-leading 19th match of the season, beating Hansen 6-4, 6-1 at No. 5 singles. Goia won her first singles match since April 5 6-4, 6-2 versus Goetti to send the Bucs to the championship. Goia had not finished a postseason singles match this year.