Matt Thomas, Sports Information Director
DURANT – No. 23 Southeastern women’s tennis punched its first ever ticket to the NCAA National Finals Tournament after downing No. 21 Southwest Baptist 5-2 on Tuesday afternoon in the Central Region 2 Final at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.
The win moves the Savage Storm to 20-2 overall on the year and will put them into the final 16 with a May 10 matchup at 8 a.m. against the top seed in the East Region No. 33 New York Institute of Technology in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The lead quickly grew to 3-1 as Auffarth continued her dominating ways with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Zorana Jovanovic at the six position.
Buiukian followed right behind at the two position by turning in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tuemmers to open up a 4-1 lead and put the Storm in a position to clinch with its next win.
SBU would stave off that celebration with Vickov picking up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Catipovic at the four position to close the score to 4-2.
That was as long as SE would have to wait though as Coquinos would hold on for a 6-4, 7-5 win over Diaz in the three spot to clinch the 5-2 regional final victory.
NCAA Division II Women’s Tennis Central Region No. 2
No. 2 Southeastern Oklahoma State vs. No. 3 Southwest Baptist
May 2, 2017 | 1 p.m.
Durant, OK | Southeastern Tennis Complex
No. 1 Lara Soares/Lani Tuemmers (SBU) d.
Alexsandra Reljic/Darija Catipovic (SE), 8-5
No. 2 Anna Buiukian/Samantha Coquinos (SE) d.
Lucia Diaz/Klara Vickov (SBU), 8-6
No. 3 Maria Martinez/Luisa Auffarth (SE) d.
Sarah Brown/Beatrix Federer (SBU), 8-0
Order: No. 3, No. 1, No. 2
No. 1 Alexsandra Reljic (SE) vs. Lara Soares (SBU), 6-6 UNF
No. 2 Anna Buiukian(SE) d. Lani Tuemmers (SBU), 6-1, 6-3
No. 3 Samantha Coquinos (SE) d. Lucia Diaz (SBU), 6-4, 7-5
No. 4 Klara Vickov (SBU) d. Darija Catipovic (SE), 6-2, 6-4
No. 5 Maria Martinez (SE) vs. Sarah Brown (SBU), 6-2, 5-4 UNF
No. 6 Luisa Auffarth (SE) d. Zorana Jovanovic (SBU), 6-1, 6-4
Order: No. 6, No. 2, No. 4, No. 3