NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Fall in National Semifinals

NCAA Women's Tennis: No. 5 Lady Cougars Fall in National Semifinals

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Columbus State University women's tennis team's season came to an end Friday in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals as the Lady Cougars fell 4-0 to second-ranked Barry. The tournament is being held at Sanlando Park in Saltamonte Springs, Fla.

"Words can't describe how proud I am of these ladies," commented head coach Evan Isaacs. "This was an amazing journey this season, and even though we can up short of our ultimate goal, this is a season that we can build upon and be ready for the challenges next year."

Barry (24-3) won both doubles matches to jump in front. Second doubles finished first as Natalia Kattah Paz and Candice Paya fell 6-0. Beatriz Lopez and Clara Audap fought hard at third doubles, but came up short in a 6-3 decision. In a ranked showdown at first singles, 32nd-ranked Noa Davico and Luise Sachs and 39th-ranked Jil Engelmann and Elonore Barrere were tied at four-all when play was called.

The Buccaneers won first, third and fourth singles to advance to the championship match. In the marquee match at first singles, 35th-ranked Lopez fell to 30th-ranked Carolin Schmidt 6-1, 6-2 while 52nd-ranked Sachs also stumbled in a ranked showdown against 48th-ranked Engelmann 6-1, 6-1 at third singles. In the final finished match, Davico fell 6-3, 6-0 at fourth singles.

Columbus State had another banner year in 2019 finishing with over 25 wins for the third consecutive season while reaching the national semifinals for just the second time in program history. Since 2017, CSU has posted a combined record of 76-11 and are the three-time defending Peach Belt Conference regular season and tournament champions.