NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Advance to Round of 16

NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Advance to Round of 16

COLUMBUS - The fifth-ranked Columbus State University women's tennis team secured its eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 Tuesday sweeping 18th-ranked Flagler 4-0. The second round match was played at the John W. Walden Tennis Center in Columbus.

The Lady Cougars will now travel to Altamonte Springs, Fla. for the final rounds of the NCAA Tournament. CSU's Round of 16 match will take place on Wednesday, May 22 against an opponent yet to be announced.

"This is a special team," commented head coach Evan Isaacs. "They have formed a special bond and it shows in how they play for each other out there. We can celebrate this tonight, but tomorrow the prep work begins for our next match."

Columbus State (24-4) earned the doubles point, but it didn't come easy. CSU grabbed the first win at second doubles with Natalia Kattah Paz and Candice Paya sweeping their opponent. However, 32nd-ranked Noa Davico and Luise Sachs dropped first doubles 1-6 to even-up the match.

Flagler (17-7) was in the control of third doubles serving up 3-2, but Beatriz Lopez and Clara Audap stormed back. The Lady Cougar duo won the next four games to win the match and to put Columbus State ahead 1-0.

Singles play was tight, but CSU eventually pulled away. Audap quickly made it 2-0 at sixth singles winning 6-2, 6-3. At the fourth spot, Davico battled back from an early hole in the first set to win 6-3. She continued to play well into the second and closed out the match strong winning the final two games to earn the 6-3, 6-4 victory.

Columbus State got the match clincher at first singles from 35th-ranked Lopez. The junior got stronger throughout the match coming from behind on multiple occasions for the 6-3, 6-4 straight set win.

The other three remaining matches were all in the third set when play was called.