Clayton St. overwhelms Queens (N.Y.)
Lakers tennis is third sport to reach national quarterfinals
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The magical run continued for the Clayton State on Wednesday as the Lakers took the first step towards a possible Division II national championship.
Playing in the Round of 16 for a second consecutive season, the Lakers had little trouble against the Knights from Queens (N.Y.) as Clayton State rolled to an impressive 5-0 victory. The victory vaults Clayton State into the national quarterfinals for the first time in program history as the 17-7 Lakers will play Thursday at 1 p.m. against California (Penn.) in the national quarterfinals.
Women’s tennis is the third different team for Clayton State to advance to at least the Division II "Elite Eight" this season, joining men’s soccer and women’s basketball.
Clayton State got it started with a sweep in doubles. Marie Cercelletti and Katie White disposed of Queens’ Erika Goldsmith and Laura Mocodeanu 8-1 at No. 2, followed by Viktoriya Semyrodenko and Ivana Krommelova winning an 8-2 decision at No. 1 versus Linda Tatala-Colin and Andrea Salvetova. Martina Dedaj and Jessica Budd finished it for the Lakers at No. 3 with an 8-3 victory against Maria Mendes and Taylor Barber.
In singles, Semyrodenko blanked Mocodeanu 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1, and then Cercelletti fought off a second-game rally by Daniela Celi to prevail 6-0, 6-4 at No. 4.