College Sports

Barry’s women’s tennis ranked preseason No.1

For the first time in school history, Barry’s women’s tennis team will open the season ranked No.1 in the nation in Division II.

Barry, the defending national champions, starts its season on Feb.10.

The Bucs have the nation’s top-ranked doubles team in junior Emma Onila of Idaho and senior Linda Fritschken of Germany. Barry also has the sixth-ranked doubles team in junior Kimmy Twelker of Germany and sophomore Ana Pain of New Caledonia.

In singles, Onila is ranked fifth, freshman Sonja Larsen of Germany is seventh, junior Karina Goia of Romania is ninth, Fritschken is 23rd and Pain is 32nd.

Barry’s men’s tennis team is ranked third in the nation. Barry’s men have advanced to the NCAA’s Final Four in six of the past seven years, including last season. They won two national titles during that span.

This season’s team will be led by senior Fabian Groetsch of Germany, who is ranked third in the nation; sophomore Ahmed Triki of Tunisia (fourth); sophomore Nico Dreer of Germany (26th); and senior Kevin Sielmann of Spain (48th).


The volleyball team, which made the NCAA tournament for the sixth consecutive year, got big news this week when senior outside hitter Savanah Leaf was named the ACC Player of the Year.

In addition, setter Haley Templeton was named the ACC Freshman of the Year, and senior middle blocker Emani Sims was named first-team all-conference. Templeton made second-team all-conference.

Only one other player in program history has won either ACC Player of the Year or ACC Freshman of the Year, and that was Lane Carico, who won both honors in her stellar collegiate career (2008-2011).


The baseball team has put together an impressive schedule that includes games against two teams from the ACC and one from the SEC. It starts with a three-game, season-opening series at home against Tennessee, Feb.13-15.

FIU travels to South Carolina for a tournament in which it plays four games in three days (Feb.20-22) against Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, North Carolina State and Albany.

Other highlights include a three-game home series against Connecticut and three-game road series against 2014 NCAA tournament teams Rice and Old Dominion.


The Sharks volleyball team, which recently finished second in the country at the national junior college tournament in Casper, Wyoming, is sending at least three of its players to four-year colleges.

Katie Hogan, a 6-2 right-side hitter from Missouri, committed to FIU; Silvia Galeano, a 5-10 outside hitter from Colombia, committed to Barry; and Merrisa Murphy, a 6-0 middle blocker from the U.S. Virgin Islands, committed to North Carolina-Charlotte. They are set to sign in April.

In addition, Eirini Chatziefstradiadou, a 6-1 middle blocker from Greece who was the MVP of the state tournament, is being heavily recruited by Fresno State.