Seasiders finish successful 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Championship

Seasiders finish successful 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Championship

LOS ANGELES – BYU-Hawaii men's and women's tennis finished on top at the 2014 USTA/ITA Regional Championships on Saturday on the campus of Cal State L.A.

Nannan (Dallas) Zhang took home the women's singles championship and joined with Min (Karen) Liu to take home the women's doubles championship.

"The girls played well," BYU head coach Dave Porter said. "We talked to both of them and decided not to have them play against each other in the final. Dallas will play in the singles and they'll both compete together in the doubles. Overall it was a good day and we are looking forward to the national event."

Zhang picked up where she left off in singles on Friday defeating No. 4 Kyra Scott of UC San Diego 6-0, 6-1. In the other semifinal, Liu and No. 6 Natalie Johnson of Azusa Pacific were locked into a tightly fought match. Liu took the first set 6-2 and Johnson won the second 6-3. The final set went deep into the tiebreak with Liu gutting out an 11-9 victory to take the match.

In doubles, Zhang and Liu won the quarter final match 8-4 over the fourth-seeded pair of Johnson and Danea Ingwaldson from Azusa Pacific. They advanced to face No. 3 pair of Scott and Britta Mosser from UC San Diego. Zhang and Liu took home the championship with an 8-6 decision.

Yevhen Zakharov and Martin Chojnacki took home the men's doubles championship with an 8-3 victory over the second-seeded pair of Jan Meyer and Gary Yam of Azusa Pacific.

"I was pretty happy with the way the boys played doubles today," Porter said. "They beat a solid team decisively."               

The Seasiders move on to compete in the 2014 USTA/ITA National Small College Championships Oct. 9-12 at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, S.C.


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