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Cougars Edged At the Finish

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Published
March 27, 2010
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- Senior Jessalyn Lau and sophomore Natalie McNall both won 3-set singles matches to give the NAIA’s No. 6-ranked Azusa Pacific a shot at an upset of No. 3 Point Loma Nazarene, but the Cougars dropped 2 of 3 doubles matches and suffered a 5-4 defeat to the Sea Lions Saturday afternoon at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.

Lau’s 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 win at the No. 6 singles position tied the match at 3-3 heading into doubles, with McNall rallying from a set down for a 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 win at No. 3. Junior Casey Wetzig was Azusa Pacific’s other singles winner, posting the first decision of the match with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Kiersten Steinhauer at the No. 5 position.

Junior Sheryl Bon and sophomore Leah Hoffee were both within striking distance in straight-set defeats, with Bon dropping a 7-5, 6-4 decision at No. 1 and Hoffee suffering a 6-4, 6-4 defeat at No. 2. Sophomore Emily Ignas also kept her No. 4 singles match close, dropping a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Jessica Kwan.

Point Loma resumed the lead at 4-3 with an 8-0 win from Wileen Chiu and Kiersten Steinhauer at No. 3 doubles, forcing the Cougars to win the 2 remaining doubles matches to win the match. Bon and freshman Sarita Adhikary led throughout No. 1 doubles, focusing the attention on the Cougars’ No. 2 tandem of Hoffee and Wetzig. The pair rallied for a game after falling behind 7-4, but Point Loma Nazarene posted the win and claimed the match with an 8-5 victory.

Adhikary and Bon close out the match by finishing off their 8-4 win at the top doubles position.

With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 9-4 overall and 6-4 in GSAC play, while Point Loma Nazarene wins its seventh straight dual match to improve to 12-1 overall, 9-1 GSAC. The Cougars host No. 19-ranked Xavier University of Louisiana Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m., then follow with a GSAC road visit to No. 18 Westmont before taking a 10-day break from dual match action.