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No. 6 Lady Cougars fall in NCAA Round of 16

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SURPRISE, Ariz. – After reaching the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the second consecutive season and for the fifth time in program history, the sixth-ranked Columbus State women's tennis team fell 5-0 to fifth-ranked Abilene Christian Wednesday night. The tournament is being held at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex in Surprise, AZ. 

The Lady Cougars close the regular season with a 22-4 record, the third best win total in school history. Abilene Christian improves to 27-5 and will face West Florida in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. 

All four of CSU's losses this season came against teams that are currently ranked in the top-five nationally. 

The Wildcats jumped on CSU early winning all three doubles matches. In a top-10 showdown, the sixth-ranked pair of Julia Mongin and Brittney Reed overmatched the third-ranked duo of Paola Cigui and Carolin Weikard winning the contest 8-2. Second and third doubles were both tight but ACU came out on top in each match. At second doubles, No. 15 Hannah Kelley and Micah Hermsodorf took down Laura Chapman and Olivera Jokic 8-6 while Kaysie Hermsdof and Laura Mongin also won 8-6 over Renata Paiva and Andrea Redrado at the third spot. 

Columbus State entered singles play with its backs against the wall needing to win five of the six matches to advance in the tournament. However, Abilene Christian won at third and fourth singles to clinch the match. At third singles, 46th-ranked Jokic was upset by Reed 6-4, 6-0 while Laura Mongin defeated Chapman 6-4, 6-2 at fourth singles. 

The Lady Cougars were leading in just one match before play was called as top-ranked Cigui was up a set over 15th-ranked Julia Mongin. 

Cigui finished the year with a perfect 22-0 record marking the second consecutive undefeated season for the junior. In 2012, she went 23-0 for the Lady Cougars. 

Singles:

1. #1 Paola Cigui (CSU) vs. #15 Julia Mongin (ACU) – 6-4, 3-2 unfinished
2. #7 Carolin Weikard (CSU) vs. Micah Hermsdorf (ACU) – 4-6, 0-2 unfinished
3. Brittney Reed (ACU) def. #46 Olivera Jokic (CSU) – 6-4, 6-0
4. Laura Mongin (ACU) def. Laura Chapman (CSU) – 6-4, 6-2
5. Andrea Redrado (CSU) vs. Hannah Kelley (ACU) – 2-6, 1-2 unfinished
6. Renata Paiva (CSU) vs. Kaysie Hermsdorf (ACU) – 1-6, 2-3 unfinished      

Doubles:

1. #6 J. Mongin/Reed (ACU) def. #3 Weikard/Cigui (CSU) – 8-2
2. #15 Kelley/M. Hermsdorf (ACU) def. Jokic/Chapman (CSU) – 8-6
3. K. Hermsdorf/L. Mongin (ACU) def. Redrado/Paiva (CSU) – 8-6

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