Hawaii Pacific advances past Southwest Baptist to NCAA semifinals
SURPRISE, Ariz -- Hawaii Pacific (21-2) earned a spot in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Championships. The Sea Warriors took the match 5-1 against Southwest Baptist (23-2).
HPU grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles play by winning at second and third doubles. Lea Kruse-Utermann and Karen Ramirez finished first with a decisive 8-1 victory. Close on their heels was the duo of Celina Goetti and Ielyzaveta Rybakova, who also had a convincing 8-2 triumph.
As has been their calling card all season, the Sea Warriors were lights out in the bottom part of the singles lineup. Ramirez gave HPU its third point with a 6-2, 6-3 win at third singles. Magdalena Smejova had similar success with her match at fifth singles with a 6-2, 6-2 conquering. Kruse-Utermann sealed Southwest Baptist's fate with a 6-4, 6-1 win at sixth singles.
Goetti split sets at second singles before play was halted. Vivian Hansen won her first set and was leading in the second before time ran out.
This marks the second time in school history that HPU has reached the national semifinals.
HPU will play Armstrong Atlantic State (28-1) on Friday for the right to move to the championship.