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Danae Ingwaldson recorded a three-set win at No. 3 singles on Friday.

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Published
March 7, 2014
By
Jared Pine

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team hasn’t had much rest this week, but that didn’t stop it from posting an impressive win over No. 13 ranked Academy of Art on Friday. After playing two top-10 schools on Tuesday and Thursday, the Cougars were at it again, with their fourth match in five days, and coming off of two straight losses, 16th-ranked Azusa Pacific pulled off the upset with a 5-3 win over the Urban Knights.

At No. 3 singles Danae Ingwaldson needed three sets to get through her match with a victory. As she entered the deciding set against Schneider, the Cougars held a 4-2 lead, needing just one more point for the victory. Ingwaldson eventually won the decider for a 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 victory to improve the Cougars’ record to 9-4 on the season, including 2-2 on the week.

Senior No. 1 singles player Emily Harris, who has had to bear the toughest challenges this week with three nationally ranked opponents, was in another battle Friday against Nina Gajdosikova. At 5-5 in the first set, Harris broke the Gajdosikova serve and held her own serve to claim the first set 7-5. Harris took control of the match after that to claim a 7-5, 6-2 win. Natalie Johnson cruised to a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2 over Lucia Zavarcikova.

In doubles, Harris and Ingwaldson earned their second victory in as many days, defeating Gajdosikova and Daniela Amelunge 8-3 at No. 1. Johnson and Stephanie Quan added the Cougars second doubles win at No. 3 in an 8-5 win.

The Cougars will get two days off before they’re back at it again, facing Western New Mexico at home on Monday.