BYU-Hawaii blanks Abilene Christian
Seasiders record third shutout in a row, advance to title match
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Top-ranked BYU-Hawaii will battle No. 3 Armstrong Atlantic in the NCAA Division II National Championship match on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
The Seasiders earned a berth in the finals after recording their third consecutive 5-0 shutout when they blanked No. 6 Abilene Christian on Friday morning, May 18, in the semifinals.
BYU-Hawaii is now 29-0 after sweeping all three doubles matches and claiming wins at sixth and third singles.
Yuan Jia and Marietta Tuionetoa - the fifth-ranked doubles team in Division II – posted a pair of victories each in the win against Abilene Christian. The duo took second doubles 8-1 before Jia captured third singles 6-3, 6-3 and Tuionetoa swept sixth singles 6-3, 6-1.
BYU-Hawaii was leading three of the unfinished four singles matches 1-0 before play was halted when the Seasiders clinched the best-of-nine team victory with five wins.
I-Hsuan Annie Hwang and Shoazhuo Sherry Liu – the top-ranked doubles team in the nation - rolled to an 8-0 blanking at first doubles, while Marika Kobayashi and Tanja Rebholz claimed an 8-6 victory at third doubles.