May 13, 2010

Courtesy of Rollins Athletics

In a battle of top-10 teams, the No.9-ranked Hawaii-Pacific women's tennis team upset the No. 6-ranked California (PA) 5-2, Thursday morning in quarterfinal action of the 2010 Women's Tennis National Championships, from the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

The win secures the Sea Warriors a spot in the semifinals, while California (PA) is eliminated from the tournament.

It what was the longest contest of the day on the women's side, Hawaii Pacific took two-of-three doubles matches from the Vulcans. Hawaii-Pacific tallied the first point of the morning as Aleksandra Stankovic and Sandra Wikstrom posted an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. California's Mariana Oliveira and Jutta Bornefeld briefly evened the match at point apiece with an 8-5 victory at No. 3 doubles. However, the Sea Warriors took control of the final doubles match as the No. 1 team of Zora Vickova and Ingrid Cseh outlasted Pondicas and Zherdeva, 8-5.

The Sea Warriors carried the momentum of their doubles success into singles play where they three-of-four matches. Hawaii-Pacific added to their lead with an impressive performance from Vickova at No. 1, as she ousted Bornefeld 6-1, 6-0. Soon after, HPU's Stankovic completed a straight-sets win over Oliveira 6-1, 6-1. Anastassiya Zherdeva gave the Vulcans hope with a 6-1, 6-2 win at the No. 2 slot, but a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 tiebreaking win by Cseh at No. 3 singles put the Sea Warriors over the top.

With the match secured, the remaining contests went unfinished.

The Seasiders will now take on top-ranked Armstrong on Friday, May 14 in NCAA Semifinals action. First serve is set for 9:00 a.m. at the Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.