Columbus State heads to Round of 16 for third year in a row, sixth overall
COLUMBUS, Ga. -- For the third consecutive season, Columbus State is headed to the NCAA tournament Round of 16. The Lady Cougars continued their march in the tournament with a 5-0 victory against Georgia College on Monday afternoon at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center on the campus of CSU.
It is the sixth time in program history that the Lady Cougars are in the Round of 16. With the Cougar men also advancing, it marks the first time in school history that both programs are at the national championship site in the same season.
The Lady Cougars made a statement in doubles play as Paola Cigui and Camila Tobar won very quickly at the top spot. The CSU duo lost just one game in the 8-1 victory versus Camille Clausse-Pujo and Ivana Marevic. At third doubles, Olivera Tadijin and Beatriz Leon were in control from the start holding serve for the majority of the match. Up 4-3, Tadijin and Leon strung together a few wins in a row to go on for an 8-5 win.
Georgia College (19-8) had a good chance to steal second doubles away from the Lady Cougars. Macy Polk and Hannah Serdinia jumped out to a quick 4-1 lead against Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic. However, they stormed back, winning seven of the next eight games to grab the 8-5 win.
In singles play, Jokic raced to a quick 6-0 win in the first set at third singles. The pace of play in the second set was slowed a little due to heat but Jokic still won in a convincing manner against Marevic. The final tally was 6-0, 6-2.
At second singles, 16th-ranked Leon got off to a slow start in both sets but it didn't take her long to turn it on. After being up just 2-1 in set one against Clausse-Pujo, the freshman won the next four games to capture the set. In similar fashion, Leon lost an early game in set two but rallied clinching the match for the Lady Cougars with a 6-1, 6-2 win.