FULLERTON, Calif. -- 2007 NAIA quarterfinalist Azusa Pacific got its 2008 campaign off to an historic start, posting the program’s second-ever win over an NCAA Division I opponent with Wednesday afternoon’s 5-2 victory over Cal State Fullerton.
The only previous win for Azusa Pacific over NCAA Div. I competition was an April 2004 6-3 victory over Northern Colorado.
Senior Bay Daniels notched her first victory at No. 1 singles since her 2004 freshman campaign, posting a 6-3, 4-6 (10-8) win over the Titans’ Erin Wiesener. The other 3 Cougar winners in singles posted straight-sets victories, including junior Katy Jelsma, who had never before played higher than No. 4 singles before her 6-3, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot this afternoon.
Freshman Sheryl Bon tasted victory in her collegiate debut, posting a 6-1, 6-4 result at No. 4 singles, and senior Kim Tran earned a 7-6, 6-1 at No. 5 singles.
All 4 singles winners combined to win 2 of the 3 doubles matches, picking up the doubles point. Jelsma and Tran teamed up for the 8-6 win at No. 1 singles, while Daniels and Bon combined for another 8-6 win at No. 2 doubles.
With the win, Azusa Pacific is 1-0 to start the season, and the Cougars return to action Saturday, Feb. 2, when they host NCAA Division II’s No. 34-ranked UC San Diego. The match, held at the Cougars’ home courts on the Citrus College campus in Glendora, begins at 1 p.m.
Azusa Pacific 5, Cal State Fullerton 2
1. Bay Daniels (APU) def. Erin Wiesener (CSF), 6-3, 4-6 (10-8)
2. Katy Jelsma (APU) def. Cheyenne Inglis (CSF), 6-3, 6-2
3. Shelly Injejikian (CSF) def. Casey Wetzig (APU), 6-1, 6-2
4. Sheryl Bon (APU) def. Brandy Andrews (CSF), 6-1, 6-4
5. Kim Tran (APU) def. Jerusha Cruz (CSF), 7-6, 6-1
6. Karina Akhmedova (CSF) def. Lindsey Cloninger (APU), 6-3, 6-1
1. Jelsma/Tran (APU) def. Inglis/Wiesener (CSF), 8-6
2. Bon/Daniels (APU) def. Akhmedova/Injejikian (CSF), 8-6
3. Andrews/Cruz (CSF) def. Cloninger/Wetzig (APU), 8-6