Tuesday, May 18, 1999
again national champs
They take the NCAA Division IIStar-Bulletin staff
tennis title after winning the NAIA
crown the past two years
The Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team has extended its national championship string to three in a row with an NCAA Division II crown in its first year of NCAA play.
The Seasiders, who won NAIA titles in each of the previous two seasons, defeated Armstrong Atlantic State of Savannah, Ga., 5-1, in yesterday's NCAA Division II final at Pensacola, Fla.
The victory capped a 31-0 season for top-seeded BYUH, which lost just one of 20 matches in the four-day national tournament.
The Seasiders won two of the three doubles matches against Armstrong Atlantic State before Petra Gaspar, Helena Nordwall and Hana Krivonozkova swept their singles matches to put the Georgia team away.
"I'm so very proud of our girls," BYUH coach Dave Porter said. "We thought we had a good enough team to win it but we knew we'd have to play up to our potential to get the job done."
Porter has a 181-11 record in seven seasons as BYUH women's tennis coach. All seven players on this year's roster are eligible to return next season.
Other members of the team are Karin Ptaszek, Linda Janssen, Tomoko Sukegawa and Maylani Ah Hoy.
NCAA Division II Championship
At Pensacola, Fla.
Brigham Young-Hawaii 5, Armstrong Atlantic St. (Ga.) 1
Petra Gaspar (BYUH) def. Maren Mueller (AAS), 6-0, 6-2.
Helena Nordwall (BYUH) def. Juliette van der Eerden (AAS), 6-3, 6-0.
Hana Krivonozkova (BYUH) def. Marie-Claude Ostiguy (AAS), 6-3, 6-1.
Gaspar-Karin Plaszek (BYUH) def. Mueller-Elissa Bennett (AAS), 8-0.
van der Eerden-Adolfina Hadamovsky (AAS) def. Nordwall-Linda Jansson (BYUH), 8-3.
Tomoko Sukegawa-Maylani Ah-Hoy (BYUH) def. Ostiguy-Petra Schemm (AAS), 8-5.