By Anthony Gagliano

anthony.gagliano@gaflnews.com



VALDOSTA -- The VSU women's tennis team appeared more concern with last-minute finals on Friday than its opponents in the NCAA Tournament. That's probably because economics and biology were much more difficult than the Harding and North Alabama.

The Blazers secured a pair of 5-0 victories at home Friday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The wins place the Blazers into the field in Orlando, where they'll face the winner of the regional at Ferris State on Wednesday.

A year ago in the third round, VSU drew eventual champion BYU-Hawaii and lost 5-0.

This year, the team enters as one of the favorites after making it to the Gulf South Conference final.

"It's awesome this year," said top singles seed Eva Petschnig. "It's really good harmony on the team, and everybody is motivated. Now, we're ranked No. 3 in the nation, so that's a goal we had."

The team also wants a national championship and feels that with a lesser BYU team this year, there's more hope.

"I think we would have a pretty good chance," Petschnig said.

The GSC East Division's Player of the Year ran her record to 13-1 in doubles and singles with wins on Friday.

She and partner Annika Biro won 8-1 in doubles against the Lions before Petschnig clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-0 win in singles.

After a sweep of the doubles, Biro won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 for the fourth point.

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