Hawaii Pacific tops Mavericks in tennis
The team of international players was too much for the American-born Colorado Mesa University women’s tennis team.
Fifth-ranked Hawaii Pacific University defeated the Mavericks 5-0 on Wednesday in the first round of the NCAA Division II national championships in Louisville, Ky.
“I thought we played close to our abilities,” CMU coach Dan MacDonald said. “We got off to a slow start in doubles, and that hurt. It’s crucial you get off to a better start against a team like that.”
The Sea Warriors (16-6) won key points to sweep the three doubles matches. They won 8-1 at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles.
“We didn’t convert game-point opportunities,” MacDonald said. “When you get down 3-0 after doubles, it’s hard to come back. That’s a talented team.
“We had two good practices out here. I thought we made adjustments, but we didn’t execute game points.”
Hawaii Pacific’s No. 1 singles player, Zora Vickova, ranked 11th in the nation, defeated Kelleen Sera 6-0, 6-1. Vickova is from the Czech Republic.
No. 4 singles player Ielyzaveta Rybakova, who is from the Ukraine, defeated Kaylee Davis 6-0, 6-0.
Colorado Mesa (19-10) was eliminated in the first round of nationals for the second consecutive season.
Colorado Mesa struggled on the first day of the four-round NCAA Division II national championship tournament.
The Mavericks are in 12th place with a score of 356 (68 over par) at the Persimmon Ridge Golf Course in Louisville, Ky.
Jessica Berve and Michelle Stripp lead Mesa at 15-over-par 87. Jennifer Hilts shot 89. Alisa Lindsay carded a 93, and Afton Balling shot 97.
Nova Southeastern (Fla.) University leads the team standings at 308. Florida Southern is second at 314, and Central Oklahoma is third (322).
Nova Southeastern has three of the top five individuals. The Sharks’ Abbey Gittings leads the field with an even-par 72. Teammate Daniela Ortiz is second at 73. Florida Southern’s Melanie Audette is third at 74, and Meghan Moore of North Carolina-Pembroke is fourth at 75.