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'Bows gear up for 2nd-ever NCAA tournament appearance

'Bows gear up for 2nd-ever NCAA tournament appearance

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

For the first time in program history, the Rainbow Wahine tennis team came away from the Big West Conference Tournament with a title. But even though the team is celebrating its banner season, there is still a lot of tennis left to play.

Hawaii (13-6, 6-2 Big West) will be travel to Stanford, California for its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships.

The Wahine will face Big Ten champions, No. 23 ranked Michigan (17-9, 10-1 Big Ten) in the first round on May 11.

While the team is excited to compete on a national level, there is also individual accomplishments that should be recognized, as highlighted by Petra Melounova. The sophomore star qualified to compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Singles Championship for the second season in a row.

Melounova is one of 64 singles players chosen to take part in the championship.

It is the fourth time in the last five years that a Rainbow Wahine player has earned a spot in the NCAA Singles Championships and representing the Big West. Melounova earned her second-straight Big West Player of the Year award this season after leading Hawaii led the with a 14-3 singles dual match record.

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