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by Lauren Conching, Assitant Coach

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 together.

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.



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