first_imgFourth-ranked UWF was staring up at second-ranked Hawaii Pacific, 4-1, and was ‘dead in the water’ while trailing in two of the remaining four matches. And on Thursday in the 104-degree desert heat in the Valley of the Sun, UWF turned in quite possibly the gutsiest performance in program history. The Argos are playing in the finals for the second time in program history. They lost the 2007 title match to BYU Hawaii. Diana Vlad got the singles scoring going for the Argos with a 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 5. Samantha Echevarria followed with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 win at No. 4 to cut the HPU lead to 4-3. The third set was another tight affair with each player breaking the other before Lujan won games 10 and 11 to pull ahead 6-5. Adam forced the tiebreak but wasn’t able to hold off Lujan who scored the final four points in the 7-2 breaker. Print Friendly Version It was the fourth time in six postseason matches that the Argonauts fell behind 2-1 after doubles play. And it was the fourth time UWF got what it needed to do in singles play to pick up the victory.HPU (21-3) had its 10-match winning streak snapped, falling in the semifinals for the third straight season and the fifth time in the last six years. BOX SCORE SURPRISE, Ariz. – The UWF women’s tennis team is making a habit of falling behind 2-1 after doubles play. The Argonauts are also making a habit of playing some strong singles. And then the big comebacks started to materialize. First it was at No. 3 where 54th-ranked Jordana Lujan was down a set to 21st-ranked Oceane Adam and looking at a 3-0 hole. Lujan fought back to cut the margin to 4-3 and again after being down 5-4, went up 6-5 before taking a second-set tiebreak. That knotted the match at 4-4 and put all eyes on No. 6 where Heather Mixon was splitting tiebreakers in the first two sets with Barbora Kijasova. The players traded the first three games of the third set before Kijasova went up 4-3. Mixon won two games while playing with the wind and closed out the match a game later with a 6-4 outcome before her teammates joined her on the court in celebration. It was her 30th victory of the season and saw her improve to 4-0 in 3-setters. UWF (31-3) will play top-ranked and defending national champion Barry (27-0) on Friday at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (3:00 p.m. CT). The Buccaneers have also faced 2-1 doubles deficits in their last two matches.last_img