May 7, 2010

Courtesy of BYU-Hawaii

Laie, HI--The 29th-ranked Brigham Young University Hawaii men's tennis team defeated #30 UC San Diego today, 5-1 in the NCAA II West Regional to earn the right to play in the NCAA II National Championships next week in Florida. The Seasiders took two of the three doubles matches and then took three singles matches to claim the victory and improve to 19-3 for the season.

BYU-Hawaii's Dillon Porter and Rong Ma powered their way to an 8-0 win at number one doubles for the first point of the day. Thomas Wu and Diego Miranda trailed 6-3 at number three doubles but rallied to win five straight games to give BYU-Hawaii an 8-6 win. The Seasiders fell short by an 8-5 margin at number two doubles but, nevertheless, carried an important 2-1 lead into the singles matches.

Porter put the Seasiders up 3-1 with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number two singles. Agnel Peter came up with a 6-1, 6-0 win at number four singles and Wu polished off a 6-2, 6-4 win at number three singles to give the Seasiders the victory. BYU-Hawaii was leading in each of the three uncompleted matches when play was halted.

The Seasiders will play on Wednesday in the opening round of the NCAA II National Championships in Altamonte Springs, Florida. BYU-Hawaii's opponent has yet to be determined but will be either Concordia or Philadelphia from the East Region.