Cigui, Leon Advance to USTA/ITA Small College Championships

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Sumter, S.C. – For the first time in program history, the Columbus State University women's tennis program will have two representatives in the USTA/ITA Small College Championships as the Lady Cougars swept the two major championships of the ITA Southeast Regional Tournament. 

Paola Cigui added to her CSU legacy winning the singles championship while teaming up with freshman Beatriz Leon to capture the doubles title. 

"This is just another well earned title for Paola," stated head coach Evan Isaacs. "She continues to impress everyone and I can't wait to see how she competes next week." 

Cigui marched through the tournament as the number one seed taking down four ranked opponents. In the quarterfinals, 16th-seed Christina Rustscheff took a set from the senior but Cigui rebounded for a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 victory. 

In the semifinals, Cigui matched up with teammate Tobar Camila and took down the fellow Lady Cougar 6-1, 6-4. 

It was an all Lady Cougar championship match with Cigui and Leon facing off for the ITA Southeast Region singles crown. In a tight two set match, the senior got the better of the freshman winning the match 6-3, 7-5. 

Cigui became the second player in Columbus State history to win the ITA Southeast Region championship joining CSU Hall of Famer Diana Gherghi who won the 2004 tournament. 

A few minutes later, Cigui and Leon dispatched Julia Graf and Nora Westbye of Francis Marion in a dominating 30-minute 8-0 victory for the doubles championship. 

The duo became the first CSU pair to advance to the USTA/ITA Small College Championships in program history. 

"Beatriz is a very talented player and she is only going to get better playing alongside Paola," added Isaacs. 

The USTA/ITA Small College Championships will take place on October 10-13 in Fort Myers, Fla.

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