RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 6-ranked Azusa Pacific kicked off its Golden State Athletic Conference campaign with an impressive 8-1 road win at No. 18-ranked California Baptist Saturday afternoon in Riverside.
With the singles matches kicking off the match Saturday morning, the Cougars clinched the win with victories in 5 of the 6 head-to-head matchups, then swept the doubles to post the 8-1 win.
Senior Jennifer Dao was 1 of the Cougars’ 5 winners at singles and doubles, earning a 6-3, 6-2 win over Marcela Montanha at No. 1 singles before teaming with junior Kim Tran for an 8-6 to complete a doubles sweep at No. 2 doubles.
Senior Peggy Bell and sophomore Katy Jelsma each gave up just 1 game in singles before picking up doubles wins. Bell was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 4 singles, then partnered with junior Bay Daniels at No. 1 doubles to post an 8-2 win over Marcela Montanha and Dunya Wren. Jelsma, also a 6-1, 6-0 winner, picked up a point at No. 5 singles and at No. 3 doubles, teaming with sophomore Lindsey Cloninger for an 8-3 win in doubles play.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 3-0 on the season and 1-0 in GSAC play, while California Baptist drops to 3-3 overall, 0-1 in GSAC. The Cougars face another tough test with a short turnaround before visiting No. 2-ranked Fresno Pacific Monday afternoon as conference play continues.
#1 – Jennifer Dao (APU) def. Marcela Montanha (CBU), 6-3, 6-2
#2 – Bay Daniels (APU) def. Isabela Rodrigues (CBU), 6-2, 6-3
#3 – Dunya Wren (CBU) def. Kim Tran (APU), 6-4, 6-2
#4 – Peggy Bell (APU) def. Nawchali De Silva (CBU), 6-1, 6-0
#5 – Katy Jelsma (APU) def. Kendra Faulkner (CBU), 6-1, 6-0
#6 – Jessalyn Lau (APU) def. Jenna Miller (CBU), 6-2, 6-1
#1 – Daniels/Bell (APU) def. Montanha/Wren (CBU), 8-2
#2 – Tran/Dao (APU) def. Rodrigues/De Silva (CBU), 8-6
#3 – Jelsma/Cloninger (APU) def. Miller/Bailey (CBU), 8-3