No. 6 Columbus State heads to PBC semifinals by sweeping USC Aiken
FLORENCE, S.C. -- Sixth-ranked and second-seeded Columbus State will make its 10th consecutive Peach Belt Conference Tournament semifinal appearance on Saturday after taking down seventh-seeded USC Aiken 5-0 in the PBC tournament quarterfinals on Friday at the Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.
The Lady Cougars (19-2) began their quest for the program's first PBC Championship in style, sweeping the three doubles matches. At first doubles, the seventh-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard flew past Giovanna Ramos and Shauna Williams 8-2. Second doubles was more of the same for CSU as Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic defeated Margot Simon and Franziska Regel 8-2. In the final doubles match, Andrea Redrado and Renata Paiva lost just one game to Julia Arruda and Caityln Lawrence, taking down the USCA duo 8-1.
Needing to win just two matches to clinch the match, CSU notched victories at second and sixth singles. At second singles, No. 44 Weikard blanked Ramos 6-0, 6-0 while Paiva won 6-0, 6-2 against Lawrence at the sixth spot.
In the unfinished matches, PBC Player of the Year and second-ranked Cigui was up a set on Simon. Also, 45th-ranked Jokic took the first set 6-4 against Regel at third singles, while Redrado swept Arruda 6-0 in the first set of action at fifth singles. At fourth singles, USC Aiken's Williams won the only set of the day for the Pacers (10-11), taking down Chapman 6-2 before play was called.