Third Time A Charm: Hawaii Notches First Women's Tennis Tourney Title
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UH had lost to UCSB in the finals the two previous years, but made sure the third time around that the final result worked in its favor.
Fourth-seeded Hawai‘i completed its journey to a first Big West Women’s Tennis Tournament championship with a 4-2 victory over third-seeded Cal State Fullerton at Indian Wells Tennis Garden Sunday.
After defeating No. 1 seed UC Santa Barbara in a semifinal match that lasted over four hours, the ‘Bows recuperated to defeat a Titan squad making the program’s first finals appearance.
UH (13-6) is now in the NCAA Tournament as the Big West’s automatic berth recipient. The team will learn where it is headed for a first round match on Tuesday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. (PT)/11:00 a.m. (HT) on NCAA.com.
As a freshman in 2016, Roxanne Resma lost the clinching match at No. 4 singles when UCSB won its first title in 20 years. Last year, the ‘Bows lost the clinching match on the No. 6 court – again to UCSB.
This time around – and now a junior – Resma avenged that loss from two years ago and did so on the court where disappointment reigned in 2017. At No. 6 singles, Resma defeated Jadie Acidera by scores of 7-6 (5), 6-2 to clinch the title for the ‘Bows.
UH picked up the important doubles point to start the match. Klara Pribylova and Nikola Dolakova blanked Masako Makiba and Danielle Pham, 6-0, at No. 2. Marina Hruba and Alzbeta Houbova captured the point with their 6-3 victory at No. 3 over Jadie Acidera and Genevieve Zeidan.
Pribylova extended the ‘Bows lead to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at No. 4 singles over Luxizi Meng. The Titans (20-6), which won a school record 20 matches this season, halved their deficit when Karla Portalatin reeled off a 6-2, 6-2 win over Hruba at No. 3.
No. 80-ranked Petra Melounova made the score 3-1 in favor of the ‘Bows, as she battled Zeidan and came away with the 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 position.
Sarah Nuno responded for CSF at No. 2 singles, outlasting Dolakova in a second set tiebreaker to win 6-3, 7-6 (5).
With the No. 5 singles match having gone to a third set, attention went to No. 6 singles where Resma trailed most of the first set before fighting back to send it to a tiebreaker.
UH is the first No. 4 seed in Big West Tournament history to win the women’s championship. The ‘Bows are the second-lowest seeded team to win the title. Pacific won the crown in 2000 as a No. 7 seed.
BIG WEST WOMEN’S TENNIS FINALS
INDIAN WELLS TENNIS GARDEN
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
(4) HAWAI‘I 4, (3) CAL STATE FULLERTON 2
1. Nuno/Portalatin (CSF) vs. Melounova/Resma (UH) - 4-5 (unfinished)
2. Pribylova/Dolakova (UH) def. Masako Makiba/Danielle Pham (CSF) - 6-0
3. Hruba/Houbova (UH) def. Acidera/Zeidan (CSF) - 6-3
Order of finish: 2, 3
1. Petra Melounova (UH) def. Genevieve Zeidan (CSF) - 6-3, 7-5
2. Sarah Nuno (CSF) def. Nikola Dolakova (UH) - 6-3, 7-6 (5)
3. Karla Portalatin (CSF) def. Marina Hruba (UH) - 6-2, 6-2
4. Klara Pribylova (UH) def. Luxizi Meng (CSF) - 6-2, 6-3
5. Caisey Lee Emery (CSF) vs. Michelle Pits (UH) - 4-6, 6-2, 1-2 (unfinished)
6. Roxanne Resma (UH) def. Jadie Acidera (CSF) - 7-6 (5), 6-2
Order of finish: 4, 3, 1, 2, 6