LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Columbus State knocked off Lewis 5-0 Wednesday morning in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16. The match took place at the EP Tom Sawyer State Park in Lousiville, Kentucky.
With the victory, the Lady Cougars advanced to the quarterfinals against top-ranked BYU-Hawaii. It is only the second time in program history that CSU has reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament.
CSU (28-2) took a commanding 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles matches. Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado put the first victory on the board for the Lady Cougars as they defeated Katie Hargrove and Kendra Mills 8-3. At first doubles, sixth-ranked Paola Cigui and Milica Tomic recorded a victory against 25th-ranked Zsofia Kranczicki and Brianna Markgraf 8-2. In the most exciting match of the day, 13th ranked Olivera Jokic and Carolin Weikard outlasted 33rd ranked Bayley Brown and Zsofia Lanstiak 9-8. The Lady Cougar duo won the tiebreaker 7-3.
Columbus State continued to show their strength down in the singles lineup as Sandra Jung and Jokic notched victories at sixth and fourth singles, respectively. Jung didn’t drop a game against Mills, winning 6-0, 6-0. In the clinching match, Jokic downed Markgraf 6-0, 6-1.
In the other matches, fifth-ranked Cigui won the first set against 25th ranked Lanstiak 6-2 while the second set was tied at 3-3. Kranczicki won the only set of the day for Lewis (24-3) as she took the first set 6-3 against 43rd-ranked Tomic at second singles. At third singles, Weikard was just two games away from recording a victory as she won the first set 6-0 and was leading the second 4-1. Redrado was also up a set at fifth singles.
Columbus State and BYU-Hawaii will square off at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Top Gun Tennis Academy in Louisville.