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Columbus, GA -- Second-ranked BYU Hawaii defeated sixth-ranked Columbus State 5-4 on Tuesday. The Seasiders took two of the three doubles matches and split the six singles matches to come away with a hard-fought win.

The top-10 matchup lived up to the hype, coming down to a thrilling three-set match at second singles. The loss was the first of the year for the Lady Cougars, while BYUH improved to 17-1.

Columbus State fell in an early hole, dropping two of the three doubles matches. BYU Hawaii got on the board first winning 8-3 at third doubles as Sasha Ulbrichtova and Jade Griffin defeated Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado. The Lady Cougars came right back with a huge victory at first doubles. The ninth-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard recorded their biggest victory over the year defeating the second-ranked couple of Annie Hwang and Sherry Liu 8-6.

In the swing match, 20th-ranked Marietta Tuionetoa and Marika Kobayashi outlasted Olivera Jokic and Laura Chapman 8-5 and gave BYU-Hawaii a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. 

BYU Hawaii made it 3-1 after 34th-ranked Kobayashi defeated Paiva 6-3, 6-3 at sixth singles. No. 47 Jokic came right back for Columbus State, winning third singles 6-2, 6-3. However, the Seasiders won again, this time at fifth singles with Ulbrichtova taking down Redrado 6-1, 6-3.

Sherry Liu scored the decisive point in the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win at number two singles to give the Seasiders the narrow victory.