BYU Hawaii tops Columbus State
Seasiders swept all three doubles matches, advances to semis
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Top-ranked BYU Hawaii won all five matches against Columbus State Thursday afternoon as they eliminated the Lady Cougars in the NCAA tournament.
The Seasiders proved to be too much for the Lady Cougars in double action as they swept all three matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead. BYU Hawaii recorded their first victory of the day at second doubles as the fifth-ranked duo of Yuan Jia and Marietta Tuionetoa lost just one game to 13th ranked Olivera Jokic and Carolin Weikard winning the match 8-1. Sixth-ranked Paola Cigui and Milica Tomic managed to win two games from top-ranked Annie Hwang and Sherry Liu before falling 8-2 at first doubles. At third doubles, Marika Kobayashi and Tanja Rebholz defeated Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado 8-3.
In singles action, BYU Hawaii (28-0) notched a victory at second singles as fourth-ranked Liu defeated 43rd ranked Tomic 6-1, 6-0. In the clinching match, Rebholz took down Jokic 6-0, 6-1 at fourth singles.
In a top-five showdown, top-ranked Hwang was up a set against fifth-ranked Cigui when play was called. However, Cigui was leading the second set of action 3-1. At third singles, eighth-ranked Jia was leading Weikard 6-0, 5-2 while Kobayaashi was up 6-3, 2-1 against Redrado at fifth singles. At the sixth spot, Tuionetoa won the first set 6-3 over Sandra Jung and was leading the second 3-2.
BYU Hawaii has yet to lose more than two matches this season in dual action. The Seasiders have seven national championships in program history with the last coming in 2007.
The Lady Cougars finished the season with a 28-3 record with all three losses coming against teams that are currently ranked in the top-three in the nation. The 28 wins are also most in program history.