Columbus – Looking for its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament Round of 16, the ninth-ranked and second seeded Columbus State University women's tennis team collected a 5-0 win over seventh seeded Erskine on Sunday in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The Southeast Regional is being hosted by CSU at the Mary V. Blackmon Tennis Center.
With the win, the Lady Cougars (20-4) breezed into the NCAA Tournament second round for the 11th straight season while Erskine sees its season come to an end with an 18-6 record.
Columbus State had no problem in doubles play dropping just three games in the three matches. The Lady Cougars grabbed a quick 8-0 victory at second doubles as Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic blanked the Erskine duo of Miranda Guthrie and Sarah McDonald. Despite playing together for the first time this season, Beatriz Leon and Olivera Tadijin worked very well together for an 8-2 win at third doubles over Haley Elliott and Mollie Polk.
Columbus State found more success in singles play capturing two matches to clinch the overall victory. Tadijin played a terrific match at sixth singles controlling pace of play dropping just two games in the two sets. The freshman won the match 6-0, 6-2 over Polk. Third-ranked Cigui had the clinching victory winning 6-2, 6-1 over Hallman at the top position.
The Lady Cougars were also up a set in three of the four remaining matches. At second singles, 16th-ranked Leon won the opening set 6-4 against Guthrie and was leading 2-1 in the second set when play was called. Jokic took the first set 6-3 at third singles while Tobar edged past McDonald 6-4 in the opening set at fifth singles. Tobar was also just one game away from a victory in the second set leading 5-2 when play was called.
Erskine's Elliott won a very competitive first set 7-5 over Chapman at fifth singles for the Flying Fleet's only set victory in singles play.
Columbus State will now turn its attention to 29th-ranked and sixth seeded Georgia College who advanced to Monday's second round match after a 5-1 upset of 24th-ranked Flagler on Sunday. CSU defeated GC 8-1 earlier in the season. The match on Monday will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Blackmon Tennis Center.
1. #3 Paola Cigui (CSU) def. Corin Hallman (EC) - 6-2, 6-1
2. #16 Beatriz Leon (CSU) vs. Miranda Guthrie (EC) - 6-4, 2-1, unfinished
3. Olivera Jokic (CSU) vs. Mika Goyette (EC) - 6-3, 0-1, unfinished
4. Camila Tobar (CSU) vs. Sarah McDonald (EC) - 6-4, 5-2, unfinished
5. Laura Chapman (CSU) vs. Haley Elliott (EC) - 5-7, 0-1, unfinished
6. Olivera Tadijin (CSU) def. Mollie Polk (EC) - 6-0, 6-2
1. Cigui/Tobar (CSU) def. Hallman/Goyette (EC) - 8-1
2. Chapman/Jokic (CSU) def. Guthrie/McDonald (EC) - 8-0
3. Leon/Tadijin (CSU) def. Elliott/ Polk (EC) - 8-2