AZUSA, Calif.-- The No. 13 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team held off a hard charging Point Loma squad in a 7-2 win on Friday. The Cougars, who took two of three in doubles and posted a pair of quick singles wins to take a commanding 4-1 lead, needed three sets in their remaining four matches, getting the clincher from 22nd ranked Emily Harris at No. 1.
Azusa Pacific (15-5) won three of the final four matches on the day, two of which came in super breakers, in a crucial contest in the race for an automatic bid into the National Christian College Athletics Association championships.
Natalie Johnson registered a swift 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Regina Koch at No. 2 before Danae Ingwaldson sealed the team’s fourth win of the day with a 6-0, 6-2 victory against Hope Penner at No. 3. Harris’ 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0 win against Maika Adair then clinched the Cougar victory.
Kim Koetterehinrich came back from a first set loss in a 2-6, 6-3, 10-6 win over Kirsty Mountain at No. 6 before Stephanie Quan closed the day with a 4-6, 6-1, 14-12 win against Hillary Ramage at No. 5. Lindsey Yeom fell to Preethika Venugopal 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 4.
In doubles Harris and Johnson tabbed an 8-1 win at No. 1, while Quan and Koetterheinrich recorded an 8-4 victory against Venugopal and Kaitlyn Murray at No. 3. Penner and Ramage defeated Yeom and Ingwaldson 8-6 at No. 2.
The Cougars will return to action Monday against Cal State L.A., and will close the regular season against UC San Diego on Saturday.