COLUMBUS, Ga. – No. 1 BYU-Hawaii women's tennis came out on top 7-2 over No. 7 Columbus State in its first top-10 match of the season Monday at Cooper Creek Tennis Center.
No. 2 Nannan (Dallas) Zhang and Xin (Summer) Wen got the Seasiders (19-0) off to a strong start defeating No. 5 Beatriz Leon and Beatriz Lopez of Columbus State (12-2) 8-3 on the first court. No. 13 Min (Karen) Liu and Leah Hemuli added an 8-4 victory over No. 19 double partners Camila Tobar and Giorgia Vitale. Kirsa Utech and Rachael Williams grabbed the Cougars sole point of doubles with an 8-5 win over Michelle Li Sha Khoo and Jeong-Min Jeon.
No. 1 Zhang took care of business in singles dispatching No. 21 Vitale 6-1, 6-1 on the first court. No. 2 Liu was close behing coming out on top of No. 29 Utech 6-1, 6-2. No. 11 Wen took down No. 43 Lopez in a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the third court.
Columbus State earned another point as Leon defeated Khoo 6-3, 6-0. Hemuli battled Tobar to three sets winning 6-1, 4-6, 10-8 to give BYU-Hawaii the 6-1 match lead and Jeon wrapped things up beating Olivera Tadijin 6-1, 3-6, 10-6 to make it a 7-2 match.
BYU-Hawaii returns to action Tuesday as they take on Young Harris College at 2 p.m. EDT.