Barry University women’s tennis players Karina Goia and Elisabeth Abanda advanced to the semifinals of the Flight A singles draw at the Varner Invitational Friday at Rollins College in Winter Park.
Abanda defeated Flagler’s Thaisa Pereira 6-1, 6-0 in the first round. She advanced to the semifinals when Rollins’ Shannon Etten defaulted in the quarterfinals.
Goia, who received an opening-round bye, beat Rollins’ Johanna Olsson 6-1, 6-1, in the quarterfinals.
In the Flight B bracket, Barry’s Kimmy Twelker beat Rollins’ Katie Wookey 6-1, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Barry’s Blanka Szavay lost to Lynn’s Martina Gledacheva 6-3, 6-2 in the quarters. Both of the Buccaneers received first-round byes.
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In doubles play, Szavay and Goia were 8-2 winners over Rollins’ Fabiana Vitanza and Zoe Monque in the Flight A bracket. Twelker and Abanda beat Saint Leo’s Anastasia Wagner and Maria Benkirane 8-1 in their first match in the A doubles bracket.
Barry’s Nico Dreer won two matches against NCAA Division I opponents at the Varner Invitational at Rollins College.
Dreer beat Stetson’s Simon Julin 6-0, 6-3, in the opening round of the Flight A singles bracket. He and Franco Echenique defeated Bethune-Cookman’s Diego Garavito and Greg Almeida 8-1 in the Flight B doubles bracket.
Barry’s Fabian Pronnet was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Saint Leo’s Ego Panyushkin in the A singles flight. Pronnet and Renato Lombardi lost to Simon Julin and Laie Blanco of Stetson 8-4 in the A doubles.
▪ Florida Southern 3, Barry 0: The Buccaneers fell to No.29 Florida Southern 25-12, 28-26, 25-17 in the first of two weekend road matches.
The Buccaneers (9-5, 2-3 Sunshine State Conference) will meet Saint Leo at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Barry bounced back from a disappointing first set to take a 21-17 lead in the second set after a kill by Victoria Fajardo and block by Katie Dooley. But Florida Southern (8-4, 4-1) regrouped following a timeout, pulling within one on a kill by Anna Tovo.
▪ Western Kentucky 3, FIU 0: The Panthers (3-13, 0-3 Conference USA) lost 25-14, 27-25, 25-18 to the Hilltoppers (15-4, 3-0) at FIU Arena. Western Kentucky posted its 10th straight-set win of the season.