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Tuesday, May 16, 2000

H A W A I I _T E N N I S

Game, set, title
for Seasiders

BYUH women's tennis
team wins second straight
Division II championship

Staff and wire reports


PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Don't tell Brigham Young University-Hawaii that tennis is an individual sport.

The Seasiders women's tennis team won its second consecutive NCAA Division II national championship yesterday with a 5-0 victory over Lynn (Fla.) University.

The run to the title was all due to teamwork, according to coach Dave Porter and many of the players.

"From the beginning of the year, I knew we had the team to beat, but ... they still had to play," Porter said. "My concerns were keeping them healthy, focused and working together. They really came together well in the final. In fact, I think it is probably the best we have played as a team all year."

Maylani Ah-Hoy, who was part of the NAIA doubles champions a few years ago, said, "I like the team championship better because it involves a team effort. Everyone has to contribute and help each other out."

BYUH took an early 2-0 lead when Petra Gaspar and Tagifano So'onalole beat Maria Alves and Julia Jehs 8-0, while Ah-Hoy and Tomoko Sukegawa tripped Marketa Langerova and Katerina Koldova, 8-3.

In the most dramatic match of the day, Lynn's Sandy Peshkin and Karolina Triska took a 5-2 lead over Karin Ptaszek and Helena Nordwall, but the BYUH duo rallied for an 8-5 win.

Sukegawa ran away with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Triska, and Gaspar followed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Jehs to wrap up the match.

The Seasiders were NAIA national champions for two years in a row before the two NCAA titles.

"This has been the best four years of my life," said Ptaszek, who was part of the four national title teams.

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