Third-ranked Hawaii Pacific takes down Saint Edward's 8-1 on the road
AUSTIN, Texas -- Third-ranked Hawaii Pacific (13-1) won the second match of its Austin road trip, defeating No. 31 Saint Edward's (8-5) by a score of 8-1. The victory is HPU's fourth road win of the season after playing on the Hilltopper's home courts.
HPU got off to a strong start in doubles play, taking two of the three matches. Lea Kruse-Utermann and Karen Ramirez cruised to an 8-2 victory in second doubles, while the pair of Celina Goetti and Ielyzaveta Rybakova won by the same score.
The Sea Warriors took momentum into singles play as they swept the Hilltoppers 6-0.
Goetti put her 34th national ranking on the line and earned a consecutive sets victory at second singles 6-1, 6-1, while Kruse-Utermann coasted in her sixth singles match 6-1, 6-2. After dropping set one 6-7, sophomore Vivian Hansen rallied to win set two without dropping a game, and then took the tiebreaker 1-0.