LAIE, Hawaii - No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis opened the 2015 campaign with wins over both Linfield College (Oregon) 8-0 and PacWest Conference foe Chaminade University of Honolulu 9-0 in back-to-back matches on Wednesday.
"It is always nice to start the season with a couple of wins," BYU-Hawaii head coach Dave Porter said. "We are a very young team with one senior, one junior, five sophomores, and two freshman. Both Linfield and Chaminade fought hard today, but despite the wins we have a lot of work to do. We will need to play better next week on the Big Island."
The Seasiders played nine different players including newcomers Chieng-En (JoJo) Wu from Taiwan and Hailey Daniels of Utah. Senior Marietta Tuionetoa and super sophomore Nannan (Dallas) Zhang played both singles and doubles in both matches.
Min (Karen) Liu, Kanela Adamson and Jeong-Min Jeon all notched wins in the three matches they played for BYU-Hawaii. Daniels, Wu, Jade Griffin and Jin Jin (Leah) Han all came away with two wins each on the day.
The Seasiders have three players ranked in the top ten in the ITA National Division II singles rankings. Zhang, ranked No. 2 in the nation, started the young season with wins over Ella Riddle of Linfield (6-1, 6-1) and Kim Takara of Chaminade (7-5, 6-1). No. 6 Liu topped Basia Kopecka of Linfield (6-1, 6-2) and Tuionetoa dominated both Kalia Nip of Linfield (6-0, 6-0) and Melanie Schumilas of Chaminade (6-1, 6-0)
In doubles action the No. 3 ranked team of Dallas Zhang and Karen Liu picked up wins against both Linfield and Chaminade opponents.
The Seasiders will travel early Wednesday morning for a series of matches held at the Holua Tennis Resort in Kona. BYU-Hawaii's conditioning will face a stiff test as it plays five matches in four days.
Shortly after landing on Wednesday, the Seasiders will compete in a doubleheader against host UH-Hilo followed by matches on Thursday against Sonoma State, regional powerhouse UC San Diego on Friday and a rematch with Chaminade on Saturday morning before returning home Saturday evening.