May 12, 2010

By Jarrod Rudolph
Special to

ALTAMONTE, Fla. - Two-time defending champion Armstrong Atlantic, Barry University and California (Pa.) went undefeated Wednesday in the first round of  team play at the women’s NCAA Division II tennis championships at Sanlando Park. The schools are among eight teams that advanced to Thursday’s quarterfinals.

Armstrong Atlantic defeated Northeastern State, 5-0: Armstrong Atlantic (Savannah, Ga.)  beat Northeastern State (Tahlequah, Okla.) in straight sets in every match, including a 6-0, 5-0 victory by Kathleen Henry.   The Pirates (30-0) were also impressive in their doubles matches, winning without much of a challenge.

Barry defeated Nebraska-Kearney, 5-0: Nebraska-Kearney was no match for Barry University (Miami Shores, Fla.) as its season came to an end. En route to a match with defending champion Armstrong Atlantic, Barry (22-3) dispatched of Neb-Kearney was dominant behind Caroline Wendling’s 6-0, 6-0 win. The No. 2-ranked Bucs barely surrendered a game in their victory.
California (PA) defeated Grand Valley State, 5-0: Led by Julia Cohen’s 6-0, 6-0 victory, the Vulcans dominated Grand Valley State (Allendale, Mich.), never letting it into the match. California won all each of their singles and doubles matches in dominant fashion, surrendering only a handful of points in the victory.

Hawaii Pacific defeated Concordia (NY), 5-1: Hawaii Pacific didn’t win their game 5-0 like the other teams on their side of the bracket, but it was equally impressive in its  victory over Concordia (NY). The Sea Warriors (20-4) won each of their three doubles matches, before dropping one singles match. The loss wouldn’t provide any drama, as Hawaii Pacific won their other matches in straight sets, highlighted by Tinka Mihova’s 6-0, 6-0 win.

BYU-Hawaii defeated Clayton State, 5-1: Clayton State (Morrow, Ga.) put up a fight, but it wasn’t enough to stop BYU-Hawaii from advancing to the quarterfinals. The Seasiders (30-0) were led by Division II Senior Player of the Year Jenny Chin, who won her singles match 6-0, 6-0 and paired with Salina Aranda to win her doubles match, 8-0.

Lynn defeated Abilene Christian, 5-3:
In the most competitive match of the day, Lynn (24-3) defeated  feisty Abilene Christian,  5-3, to advance to the quarterfinals. The fighting Knights (Boca Raton, Fla.) were led by Eleonora Iannozzi’s 6-2, 6-1 straight set victory. Iannozzi also teamed with Christina Johnstone to win their doubles match 8-3. The Fighting Knights expected a tough match, but taking their cue from Tessie Salame’s hard-fought 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory, they were able to advance.

Northwood (MI) defeated Queens(NY), 5-1: Led by Charlotte Sevin’s 6-3, 6-1 straight set victory, Northwood (Mich.) brought the Knights from Queens College (NY) season to an end. The Timberwolves (18-1) had to fight for their tournament lives after losing one of their doubles matches and one of their singles early in the match.  But the Timberwolves would not allow the early missteps to derail their tournament run, finishing Queens College to move into the quarterfinals.

Slippery Rock defeated St. Cloud State 5-3: With a 5-3 victory over St. Cloud State (Minn.), Slippery Rock advanced to the school’s first national quarterfinal. Led by Laura Handy’s 6-4, 6-1 straight set victory, the Rock (Penn.) fought back after dropping two double matches. St Cloud State was unable to capitalize on the early victories.