SAN FRANCISCO (April 4, 2014) - In one of its toughest matches of the year to date, the No. 3 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis team defeated No. 14 Academy of Art 7-2 on Friday.
As many as three tiebreakers and two three-set matches set a tone for quite the battle between two of the top teams in the west.
In third doubles, Sasha Ulbrichtova and Jin Jin (Leah) Han fell 8-6 but the No. 7 ranked doubles team of Nannan Zhang and Min (Karen) Liu picked up an 8-6 victory in second doubles to make it 2-1 after doubles play.
In singles, BYU-Hawaii took matches No. 1, 2 and 3 in straight sets. No. 18 Zhang won 6-4, 7-5, No. 16 Liu beat her opponent 6-1, 7-5 and No. 23 Tuionetoa won 6-3, 6-0.
No. 20-ranked Kobayashi won a back-and-fourth thriller 6-1, 6-7 (7-9), 6-3 in fourth singles and Ulbrichtova overcame a big test with a hard-fought 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6), 1-0 (5) victory in fifth singles.
Han dropped No. 6 singles 7-5, 6-4 but the Seasiders till came away with their 20th win of the year.
BYU-Hawaii will play at Mills College in California Saturday before returning to Hawaii.