MOBILE, Ala. – The Brenau University Golden Tigers tennis team advanced to the quarterfinals round of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics championship tournament with a 5-0 win over No. 10-ranked Southern Nazarene. The team faces No. 2 Fresno Pacific when play continues at 9 a.m. Thursday at the tournament in Mobile, Ala.
“We came out strong in doubles today, and I was very happy with the way we performed,” said Coach Andre Ferreira. “Southern Nazarene has had a very good season this year and we expected a tough match. It is great to move forward in the tournament and, once again, be amongst the top eight teams at nationals. We look forward to facing Fresno Pacific tomorrow morning. It is always exciting to play one of the best teams in the country, so we are prepared to give our best.”
In the nine-game match, the Tigers won all three doubles competitions and only had to get singles wins from Eline Nagels and Tiffany de Almeida to advance. However, when play was called because it was no longer mathematically possible to beat Brenau three of the four other Tigers singles players had won their first sets and Maria Perdomo-Medina had narrowly lost her first 5-7. Perdomo-Medina and partner Nagels, the #2 Brenau pair, easily disposed of their opponents 8-3 in an earlier matchup.
Brenau’s No. 1 singles player Lyn See Choo was ahead in her match 6-2, 2-1 when play ended. Earlier she and doubles partner Hannah Thompson won 8-3.
Fresno Pacific, Thursday’s opponent, knocked off Indiana Wesleyan University 5-0 in Wednesday play.
The Tigers make their fourth consecutive appearance – and 12th overall – in the NAIA championship series. They are one of only two teams that have won more than one national championship.
Brenau, 22-10 in all-time championship play, received at-large bid and a No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament. The Tigers drew a bye in the first round. Ferreira is in his second season as Brenau’s coach.
Injuries slowed the Tigers in the fall and early spring, but the team managed to pull together a great season, losing only to the No. 1 and 3 teams in the nation – Auburn University-Montgomery, which has won 11 national titles, and Embry-Riddle.
Brenau senior LynSee Choo finished season with the record of 15-2 by two AUM nationally ranked players, No. 9 Jade Curtis and No. 1 Ana Veselionovic.