CSU Tennis Standout Paola Cigui Moves up to No. 1 National Ranking

SKILLMAN, N.J. — For the first time in Columbus State's tennis program history, the number one player in the nation plays for the university.

Junior women's tennis player Paola Cigui completed her ascension to the top of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II Poll as the organization released its final regular season rankings.

Since moving to second nationally on March 27, Cigui has done nothing but improve on her record-setting season. In nine matches, she has gone 7-0 with two unfinished contests. Despite being under the weather the day before becoming the No. 2 player in the country, Cigui bested then-No. 1 Annie Hwang, giving Hwang her first career loss.  Hwang finished the 2012 and 2011 seasons as the No. 1 ranked player in the country.

Only three times since 1996 has the top-ranked player in the country not played at BYU-Hawaii or Armstrong Atlantic State University.
This year, the Trieste, Italy native is 22-0, including six wins against nationally ranked foes. Cigui has lost just one set this entire year out of a possible 47.

In her career, Cigui is now 45-0 for the Lady Cougars.

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