May 12, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins College

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - The No.3-ranked BYU-Hawaii women's tennis team defeated No. 10 Clayton State 5-1, Wednesday afternoon in the Round of 16 at the Women's Tennis 2010 National Championships from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The BYU-Seasiders controlled the majority of the match as they collected a 5-1 win over the Lakers, advancing to the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Seasiders jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Lakers, as they claimed all three doubles matches. Yuan Jia and Elwen Li got the ball rolling for BYU-Hawaii, as they picked up the squad's first point with an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles. The lead was bumped to 2-0 when the No. 2 pair of Ayako Ikeda and Shawni Porter outlasted the Clayton tandem of White and Cercelletti, 8-6 in a back-and-forth contest. BYU-Hawaii punctuated the doubles sweep when Jenny Chin and Salina Aranda swept through Csizi and Budd, 8-0.

The momentum carried over to singles action, where the Seasiders claimed wins at No.1 and No. 5 singles to complete the match win. Jia took down White in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, while Chin shutout Csizi 6-0, 6-0. The Lakers claimed their point in an impressive straight-sets win by Marie Cercelletti by the score of 6-0, 6-2.

With the match secured, the remaining matches went unfinished.

BYU-Hawaii advances to the Quarterfinals on Thursday, May 13 to take on Northwood (MI). The match is set to begin at 10:30 a.m.