CALIFORNIA – The top-seeded Vulcans earned a 5-0 victory against fourth-seeded West Virginia State at Roadman Park on Sunday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Division II Tournament.
With the win, the California University of Pennsylvania tennis team improves to 18-3 overall after winning 17 of its last 18 matches. The Vulcans also advance to the Round of 16 for the 10th-consecutive year and will travel to Denver, Colorado, with the national pairings not yet announced. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets end the year with a 17-5 record after making a ninth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
"I would like to congratulate West Virginia State on a great season. Every year we play them it is always a tough match," said head coach Pablo Montana. "We will use these next 10 days to get strong and recover. We will do our best to see how far we can go in the national tournament."
The Vulcans swept doubles play for the 13th time in the last 14 matches. At the first position, the No. 16 tandem of senior Kiefer Shaw (Westmount, Quebec/Centennial) and sophomore Lena Dimmer (Wallendorf-Pont, Luxembourg/Lycée Classique) claimed an 8-4 victory against the No. 23 duo of Brittany Franco and Nina Dillwald for their third win this year against a nationally-ranked doubles team. Junior Jasi Witherspoon(Macon, Ga./Howard) and freshman Holly Bennett (Kingston, United Kingdom/Sussex Downs-Lewes) posted an 8-6 win at the second slot over Kayla McKnight and Laura Isbey, while juniors Veronika Mikulis (Otterburn Park, Quebec/Heritage Regional) and Alyssa Savill (Holbrook, Australia/Billabong) outlasted Diana Cotoros and Brenda Cumpa at third doubles by a 9-7 count.
In singles play, Bennett tallied a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the fifth slot against Cotoros and Savill earned a 6-2, 6-0 win over McKnight at the sixth position.
The Vulcans have advanced to at least the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament in each of the last 10 years, advancing to the national quarterfinals seven times.