HONOLULU, Hawai’i-- It was an all-or-nothing type of week for the Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team, and unfortunately for the Cougars, it was nothing on Saturday in the fifth place match of the Pacific West championship tournament. The Cougars, who beat Academy of Art earlier this season, couldn’t get it going, falling to the Urban Knights in a 5-0 sweep, making it the third straight match where the deciding score was 5-0.
Azusa Pacific was swept by Fresno Pacific in the opening round, and returned the favor with a 5-0 win over Dominican on Friday.
Emily Harris and Danae Ingwaldson lost at No. 1 doubles, 8-2, to Nina Gajdosikova and Daniela Amelunge, while Brejohn McCrary and Kim Koetterheinrich fell 8-6 to Aman Ben El Hadj and Michelle Dandik at No. 2. Jenny Johansson and Lucia Zavarcikova beat Stephanie Quan and Samantha Kaneta 8-3.
In singles action Ben El Hadj recorded a 6-1, 6-3 win over McCrary and Zavarcikova defeated Koetterheinrich 6-2, 6-1 to secure the Urban Knight victory.
Azusa Pacific will now wait to hear about whether it will qualify for the National Christian College Athletics Association national championships from May 7-10 in Mobile, Ala. The Cougars were the top-rated school in the latest NCCAA rankings before falling to fellow NCCAA contender Fresno Pacific earlier this week.