Hawaii Beat

Star-Bulletin Staff

BYUH women win
64th straight match

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. >> The Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team has won 138 of its last 139 matches.

Their lone loss was in the 2001 championship to Lynn and it ended BYUH's record 103-match winning streak.

The tennis powerhouses meet again today for the right to play for the national championship.

BYUH (35-0) dropped Abilene Christian 5-1 yesterday to advance to the semifinals.

The top-ranked Seasiders -- who have won 64 straight matches -- play No. 2 Lynn today at 8 a.m. Hawaii time.

On Thursday, BYUH powered past Armstrong Atlantic State-- last year's finals opponent -- 5-2.

Yesterday, BYUH won two of three doubles matches and three of four singles matches.

Adrienn Hegedus whipped Lacy Johnson 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles. Judy Weng followed by beating Sarah Taweel 6-2, 6-1.

Hegedus and Weng combined for an 8-2 doubles victory and teammates Anna Anikanova and Jing Sun squeaked out an 8-6 win.

Anikanova and Sun's match proved critical, as the Seasiders were losing their other three singles matches when the BYUH pair won.

Lynn won titles in 1997 and '98, prior to BYUH's move up from NAIA. The Seasiders then won in '99 and 2000.

Seasider men still alive: The BYUH men also continued their quest for a second straight national title, beating No. 9 Northwood 5-1 in the quarterfinals.

BYUH (28-1) plays No. 5 Barry today.

The Seasiders won two of three doubles matches, with Jan Krejci and Peter Madarassy teaming to beat Torsten Greif and Gerrit Lotz 8-6.

Krejci, Jong-Woong Yoon, Daouda Ndiaye and Wen-Lung Chang all won singles matches.

Irons surfs well in Tahiti meet

TEAHUPOO, Tahiti >> Reigning world and defending Billabong Pro Teahupoo champion Andy Irons survived the first round yesterday in 6-to-8 foot surf.

Irons faced tough competition from Cory Lopez and local hero Vetea David, but followed Lopez's 9.4 ride with a 9.5, and never looked back.

Kauai's Irons is the current WCT ratings leader.

"That was a really tough first heat," Irons said. "(Lopez) started out with a 9.4, so I waited awhile and ended up getting a 9.5 on a bigger set."

Conan Hayes of Kona had the best score of the day with a 9.73 -- in a heat that included Shane Dorian.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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