BYU Hawaii headed to title match after 5-2 win against Abilene Christian
SURPRISE, Ariz. -- BYU Hawaii defeated Abilene Christian 5-2 on Friday in the semifinals of the NCAA Division II tournament. The Seasiders took two of the three doubles matches and won at the top-three singles slots to improve to 30-1 for the season and advance to Saturday’s championship match.
In doubles play, Marietta Tuionetoa and Marika Kobayashi won 8-4 at number two doubles to put the Seasiders on top 1-0, but BYU-Hawaii suffered a loss at number three doubles to tie the score at one. Annie Hwang and Sherry Liu combined for an 8-6 win at number one doubles to give the Seasiders a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
In singles play, Hwang claimed a 6-1, 6-0 victory at number two singles for BYU-Hawaii and Kobayashi earned a 6-4, 6-4 win at the third singles slot to give the Seasiders a commanding 4-1 lead. After a setback at number five singles, Liu closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-1 win at number two singles to propel the Seasiders into the championship match.
BYU-Hawaii will play defending champion Armstrong Atlantic in the finals.