DURANT, Okla. — No. 23 Southeastern women’s tennis punched its first-ever ticket to the NCAA National Finals Tournament after downing No. 21 Southwest Baptist, 5-2, on Tuesday in the Central Region 2 Final at the Southeastern Tennis Complex.


The Savage Storm (20-2) move into the final 16 with a May 10 matchup at 8 a.m. against the top seed in the East Region, No. 33 New York Institute of Technology, in Altamonte Springs, Fla.


SE again used its doubles strength to open strong, with Maria Martinez and Luisa Auffarth cruising to an 8-0 win at three doubles over SBU’s Sarah Brown and Beatrix Federer.


The Bearcats answered when Lara Soares and Lani Tuemmers upset Alexsandra Reljic and Darija Catipovic at the one spot to event he match at 1-1.


The duo of Anna Buiukian and Samantha Coquinos won the rubber match in doubles as they toppled Lucia Diaz and Klara Vickov 8-6.


The lead quickly grew to 3-1 as Auffarth continued her dominating ways with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Zorana Jovanovic at the six position.


Buiukian followed right behind at the two position by turning in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Tuemmers to open up a 4-1 lead and put the Storm in a position to clinch with its next win.


SBU staved off that celebration with Vickov picking up a 6-2, 6-4 win over Catipovic at the four position.


That was as long as SE would have to wait, though, as Coquinos held on for a 6-4, 7-5 win over Diaz in the three spot to clinch the regional final victory.