NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Return To Quarterfinals

NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Return To Quarterfinals

ALTAMONTE Springs, Fla. - The fifth-ranked Columbus State University women's tennis team is back in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season as the Lady Cougars swept West Virginia State 4-0 Wednesday morning. The tournament is being played at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

CSU has now reached the national quarterfinals in six of the past eight seasons dating back to 2012. The Lady Cougars will take on ninth-ranked Hawaii Pacific Thursday at 9 a.m.

"These girls continue to click," stated head coach Evan Isaacs. "They are taking care of business and it's fun to watch. We know we have a challenge in front of us tomorrow in Hawaii Pacific, but this team can accomplish anything so we are up for the fight."

Natalia Kattah Paz and Candice Paya got the Lady Cougars started off on the right foot with a dominating 6-0 sweep at second doubles. With the early win on court two, courts one and three both finished within seconds of each other. Beatriz Lopez and Clara Audap scored the doubles-clinching point, winning 6-2 at third doubles while seconds later the 32nd-ranked duo of Noa Davico and Luise Sachs fell 2-6 at the top spot.

Singles play didn't last long with CSU (25-4) racing out to leads in five of the six matches. Davico rebounded from doubles in style blanking her opponent at the fourth spot for the first CSU win. Audap was nearly perfect herself at sixth singles losing just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory.

Fifty-second-ranked Sachs then sent the Lady Cougars to the quarterfinals after clinching the match at third singles. The sophomore won the contest 6-2, 6-1 for her 11th straight victory.

Paya and Paz were each up a set at second and fifth singles, respectively, when play was called. First singles was still in the first set with Lopez battling Kierstin Hensley.