MONTGOMERY, Ala. --- The top seeded Auburn Montgomery women's tennis team claimed its eighth consecutive Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament Championship Saturday, easily defeating second seed Brenau, 5-1.
With the result, the No. 4 Warhawks improved to 18-7 on year the season and claimed the SSAC's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship. AUM, who owns 13 NAIA National Championships, will be making its 22nd appearance in the National Tournament.
The Warhawks took a 2-1 advantage following doubles, as the tandems of Jade Curtis and Bright Phakamad, and Celine Lenertz and Chanel Cunningham were victorious, winning 8-2 and 8-3, respectively. Brenau remained close in the contest by securing an 8-5 victory at the top spot, where the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's No. 4 duo of Dominika Jasova and Zalina Nazarova defeated the AUM pair of Paula Diaz and Anna Rudolfova.
In singles play, Cunningham, Rudolfova and Phakamad completed the victory by picking up straight-set wins.
The Warhawks will now await their opponent in the 34th annual Women's Tennis National Championship, held May 13-17 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Ala. Seeding and brackets have yet to be announced.
1. #4 Dominika Jasova/Zalina Nazarova (BRE) def. Paula Diaz/Anna Rudolfova (AUMW) 8-5
2. Jade Curtis/Bright Phakamad (AUMW) def. #19 Maria Perdomo Medina/Stephanie Moniz (BRE) 8-2
3. Celine Lenertz/Chanel Cunningham (AUMW) def. Valeria Savina/Snezhana Kiseleva (BRE) 8-3
1. #7 Dominika Jasova (BRE) vs. #1 Jade Curtis (AUMW) unfinished
2. #13 Maria Perdomo Medina (BRE) vs. #31 Paula Diaz (AUMW) unfinished
3. #34 Chanel Cunningham (AUMW) def. #32 Zalina Nazarova (BRE) 6-1, 6-4
4. Stephanie Moniz (BRE) vs. Celine Lenertz (AUMW) unfinished
5. Anna Rudolfova (AUMW) def. Valeria Savina (BRE) 6-0, 6-0
6. Bright Phakamad (AUMW) def. Snezhana Kiseleva (BRE) 6-0, 6-1