After waiting out a rainy morning, the HPU
women’s tennis team opened its 2008 spring season with
a double-header against Chaminade University at Patsy Mink’s
Central O‘ahu Regional Park on Feb. 2.
In the dual match, the Lady Sea Warriors got off to a fast start
by easily winning all three doubles matches. Lauren Shin and
Tina Mihova, partners from last year quickly won 8-0 at third
doubles. Elena Hudzikova and freshman Nina Mihova paired up to
record their first win, defeating Chaminade’s first doubles
team 8-3, and Anastasiya Ageychik and newcomer Ralitsa Pirdopska
secured the last doubles point, winning 8-5 in their first match
Singles went almost as smoothly as doubles, with Ageychik, Tina
Mihova and Shin all “double bageling” their opponents,
6-0, 6-0 at lines one, four, and five, respectively. At sixth
singles, freshman Samantha Matthews won her collegiate dual match
debut 6-0, 6-1, and Ingrid Cseh pulled out a 6-2, 6-3 victory
at second singles. The ladies’ only loss in the 8-1 team
win came at third singles from Hudzikova who fell 4-6, 6-7.
After a quick lunch break, the teams hit the courts for their
next matches. HPU decided to mix things up in doubles, with Ageychik
and Pirdopska at first doubles, Cseh and Hudzikova playing at
second and Shin and Matthews on third. Second and third doubles
were won easily 8-3 and 8-0. At first doubles, Ageychik and Pirdopska
played much better together than in the first match, but dropped
several games to eventually win 8-6.
In singles, all three freshman saw action with Nina Mihova winning
at first singles, 6-2, 6-1, Pirdopska pulling out a tight match
at 10-3 in the third set tiebreaker, and Matthews winning 6-0,
6-1. Hudzikova was able to make up for her loss earlier in the
day with a quick 6-0, 6-0 win. Shin also won her match at love,
making her the only Lady Sea Warrior to not drop one game the
entire day. Cseh was also quickly on and quickly off the court
with 6-2, 6-3 wins.
With the 8-1 and 9-0 victories, the women start the season at
2-0 going into a very important preparation week. Come out and
support them at their next maches.