Seasiders roll past Argonauts

Seasiders roll past Argonauts

PENSACOLA, Fla. – No. 1 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis earned its second top-10 victory of the week 7-2 over No. 6 West Florida on Thursday at Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex.

Due to weather conditions the teams began with singles play. No. 1 Nannan (Dallas) Zhang continued her dominance in No. 1 singles this season for the Seasiders (16-0) defeating the Argonauts' (14-3) Kat Dikosavljevic 6-1, 6-1, her 21st consecutive victory dating back to last season. Shu-Ying (Suzie) Hsieh followed moments later with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles over West Florida's Sarai Flores.

No. 47 Xin (Summer) Wen kept the ball rolling to give BYU-Hawaii the 3-0 lead at No. 3 singles with a 6-1, 6-3 win against Nina Bubelova. No. 7 Min (Karen) Liu added her first victory over a nationally ranked opponent this season with a 6-3, 6-0 win over the Argonauts' No. 46-ranked Paula Lopez.

Jade Griffin clinched the match for the Seasider at No. 6 singles, battling off Heather Mixon 7-6 (4) in the first set and then closing out a strong 6-2 victory in the second. Jeong-Min Jeon came up short in her quest to finish the sweep of singles against Dianna Vlad, falling 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

The No. 2 nationally ranked pairing of Zhang and Wen opened doubles on a strong note for BYU-Hawaii with an 8-2 victory over Hannah Torro and Valeria Mantilla of UWF. No. 16-ranked Liu and Hsieh gave the Seasiders its second doubles win with an 8-3 win over Lopez and Bubelova in No. 2 doubles.

Griffin and Kanela Adamson of BYU-Hawaii found themselves trailing 7-4 to West Florida's Dikosavljevic and Vlad, but fought back and broke serve to bring the score to 7-5.  The Seasider duo had their chances to hold serve and bring the score to 7-6, but a sharp angle backhand by Dikosavljevic and a powerful volley by Vlad closed out the match for the Argonauts.

BYU-Hawaii will stay in Pensacola to take on No. 15 Valdosta State Friday at 10 a.m. CDT at Ralph "Skeeter" Carson Tennis Complex.

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