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CSU's Cigui ranked No.1 in the nation

SKILLMAN, N.J. – For the first time in program history, the number one player in the nation plays for Columbus State University. Junior women's tennis player Paola Cigui completed her ascension to the top of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II Poll as the organization released its final regular season rankings. 

Since moving to second nationally on March 27, Cigui has done nothing but improve on her record setting season. In nine matches, she has gone 7-0 with two unfinished contests. Despite being under the weather the day before becoming the No. 2 player in the country, Cigui bested then-No. 1 Annie Hwang, giving Hwang her first career loss.  Hwang has finished the 2012 and 2011 seasons as the No. 1 ranked player in the country. 

Only three times since 1996  has the top-ranked player in the country not played at BYU-Hawaii or Armstrong Atlantic State University.

This year, the Trieste, Italy native is 22-0 including six wins against nationally ranked foes. Cigui has lost just one set this entire year out of a possible 47.

In her career, Cigui is now 45-0 for the Lady Cougars. 

Also having a fantastic season, Carolin Weikard made a huge leap in the rankings climbing to the seventh spot. Weikard has been strong for the Lady Cougars posting a 21-1 record so far this season playing from the second spot. Her only loss of the year came in a three set match against then-ranked No. 3 Sherry Liu of BYU Hawaii as she lost the third set 7-5. 

Since then, Weikard has been on a tear losing just one set in the past nine matches. In fact, the senior has only lost three or more games in a set just three times during the span. 

As a duo, Cigui and Weikard also jumped in the poll as the pair is now ranked third in the nation. They are 22-2 together this season including besting four nationally ranked foes. Both of the losses have come against Aleksndra Fillipovski and Barbora Krtickova of Armstrong Atlantic State University, the second-ranked doubles pair in the nation. 

Junior Olivera Jokic also remained in the poll dropping one spot to 46th. Jokic is having another solid season for the Lady Cougars boasting a 17-3 record at third singles. 

As a team, the Lady Cougars remained sixth in the nation. 

Columbus State will be back in action on May 8 facing off against fifth-ranked Abilene Christian in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 in Surprise, Ariz. 

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