ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The Queens College women's tennis team saw its season come to a close in the Round of 16 in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championship on Wednesday, dropping a 5-0 decision to the No. 1 BYU-Hawaii Seasiders.
Queens, ranked 44th in the Oracle/ITA National Rankings, concludes the season with a 14-4 overall record, while BYU-Hawaii, the top ranked team in the ITA rankings, improves to 28-0 and advances to the national quarterfinals.
The Seasiders took control in doubles, winning at all three flights. Nanna Zhang and Xin Wen, the No. 1 duo in the ITA doubles rankings, took down Emy Alplund and Angelika Sobiecka at the top flight, 8-0. Michelle Li Sha Khoo and Jeong-Min Jeon then scored another 8-0 win over Line Sorsdahl Aasen and Araceli Bel Aleixendri at No. 3. Reehan Rashad and Laura Ortega Jover fought at second doubles, but ultimately fell to the 12th-ranked duo of Min Liu and Leah Heimuli, 8-2.
BYU-Hawaii kept the momentum rolling into singles play, capturing the match with wins at the first and second flights. Zhang, the top-ranked player in the ITA singles rankings, won by retirement over Rashad at first singles. Wen, who is ranked No. 5 in the nation, defeated Ortega Jover at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-0, as the Seasiders took a 5-0 victory.
The Knights went 9-2 during the fall season, reaching the East Coast Conference (ECC) Finals. Queens then started the spring season off with four straight wins and defeated Goldey-Beacom College in the East Region II Finals to earn its sixth Round of 16 berth in the last eight seasons.