CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 6-ranked Azusa Pacific knocked off 1 of the NCAA Div. III’s best, and it did so in convincing fashion, sweeping No. 4-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 9-0, and winning all 6 singles matches in straight sets for the win Friday afternoon in Claremont.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the third-place finisher in the 2006 NCAA Div. III championships, and winner of 12 of the last 13 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) titles, suffered its second straight defeat to a top-ranked GSAC foe after dropping a 6-3 decision to the NAIA’s No. 3-ranked Vanguard last week.
Senior Peggy Bell and sophomore Lindsey Cloninger each surrendered just 2 games in their respective singles matches, with Bell scoring a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 4 singles and Cloninger posting a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles. Bell also teamed with junior Bay Daniels to score the most lopsided doubles win, defeating Yassie Entekhabi and Jessica Nagasako at No. 1 doubles by an 8-1 margin.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 2-0 on the season, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps drops to 0-2. The Cougars return to action Feb. 17, when they visit No. 18-ranked California Baptist to kick off Golden State Athletic Conference play.
#1 – Jennifer Dao (APU) def. Yassie Entekhabi (CMS), 6-2, 6-2
#2 – Bay Daniels (APU) def. Jessica Nagasako (CMS), 6-1, 6-3
#3 – Kim Tran (APU) def. Lisa Steckmest (CMS), 6-3, 6-3
#4 – Peggy Bell (APU) def. Stephanie Hammond (CMS), 6-2, 6-0
#5 – Jessalyn Lau (APU) def. Allison Laygo (CMS), 6-3, 6-3
#6 – Lindsey Cloninger (APU) def. Emilee Feldhausen, 6-0, 6-2
#1 – Daniels/Bell (APU) def. Entekhabi/Nagasako (CMS), 8-1
#2 – Tran/Dao (APU) def. Hammond/Steckmest (CMS), 8-2
#3 – Jelsma/Cloninger (APU) def. Laygo/Feldhausen (CMS), 8-4