BYU-Hawaii wins top-10 battle
Seasiders run out to 7-0 advantage before Argos win final points
PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 5 West Florida dropped a 7-2 match to second-ranked BYU-Hawaii today at the Ralph “Skeeter” Carson Tennis Complex on the UWF campus. The loss snapped the Argonauts’ four-match winning streak.
While both teams represent NCAA Division II schools, UWF (7-5, 3-0 GSC) is in the South Region, while BYU-Hawaii (11-0) is the in West. The match was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but due to thunderstorms in Pensacola, the match was postponed a day.
BYU-Hawaii won all three doubles matches. At the No. 1 doubles position, Elwen Li and Yuan Jia defeated Argonauts Caitlyn Baines and Taylor Brewster 8-4. Li and Jia are the No. 2 doubles duo in the nation and the No. 1 duo in the West Region. Baines and Brewster make up the No. 5 doubles tandem in the South Region.
Annie Hwang and Shawni Porter then defeated Jacqueline March and Luiza Sonnervig 8-2 at the No. 2 line. Yana Bokareva and Mariana Sonnervig fell to Salina Aranda and Sasha Ulbrichtova 8-6.
After BYU-Hawaii took a 3-0 lead into singles, Jia, who is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation in singles, defeated Bokareva 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 2 slot to give BYU-Hawaii the 4-0 lead. Li, who is ranked No. 3 nationally, clinched the victory for the Seasiders with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Luiza Sonnervig at the No. 3 line.
Ulbrichtova then recorded a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Mariana Sonnervig at No. 6. Hwang tallied a 6-3, 6-2 victory win against Brewster at the No. 1 position.
Despite being down 7-0, UWF won the final two matches. Baines and Aranda went to a super tie-breaker, with Baines recording the 6-2, 3-6, 17-15 victory. Leading 7-6, 1-0, Porter retired from the match at the No. 5 line to give March the victory.