AZUSA, Calif.-- After suffering its first loss of the season against Fresno Pacific last week, the No. 16 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team bounced back nicely with an 8-1 win over No. 12 (NAIA) Westmont on Wednesday to improve to 7-1.
The Cougars swept doubles, and clinched the victory after Danae Ingwaldson and Natalie Johnson posted quick singles wins at No. 3 and No. 2, with Johnson pushing her record to 8-0 on the year with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Kate Stratman. Ingwaldson recorded a 6-2, 6-0 win against No. 44 Haley Strandness, and junior Bethany Duval registered her fourth straight win with a 4-6, 6-0, 10-6 defeat of Alyson Meyer at No. 6.
Kim Koetterheinrich dropped the first set of her match, but came back nicely with wins in the second to force a super breaker, where she nabbed her third straight victory after beating Emily Keach 2-6, 6-1, 10-5 at No. 5. Lindsey Yeom closed out the match with a resilient 3-6, 6-1, 10-5 defeat of No. 37 Grace Davis at No. 4.
No. 25 ranked Emily Harris fell to Lauren Stratman 6-4, 6-4 at No. 1 singles.
In doubles action the team of Johnson and Stephanie Quan rolled past Keach and Davis with an 8-0 win at No. 3, while No. 20 ranked Harris and Ingwaldson beat the Stratman sisters 8-4 at No. 1. Yeom and Koetterheinrich then registered an 8-5 victory at No. 2 to give Azusa Pacific a 3-0 lead.
The Cougars are scheduled to return to action tomorrow against No. 2 ranked BYU-Hawaii, but with rain in the forecast the match may be delayed. Friday’s match against Cal State Los Angeles will also likely be impacted by weather and may be pushed to a later date this season.