FULLERTON, Calif. -- It counts as one win on Azusa Pacific’s schedule, but the Cougars’ singles sweep of Hope International also won the race against time by clinching the 6-0 result just before a fast-approaching storm soaked the area and washed out doubles play.
The victory was the fifth in a row to start the 2011 season for the NAIA’s No. 8-ranked Cougars, who matched the program’s best start since the 2004 squad won 10 in a row to start the year and ended up playing for the NAIA title.
Freshman Kim Koetterheinrich improved to 2-0 in the Cougars’ No. 1 singles position, posting a 6-2, 6-0 win over Hope’s Patricia Espinosa. Azusa Pacific swept all 5 of the other singles matches without surrendering a single game.
Seniors Sheryl Bon-Bakalov (No. 2) and Casey Wetzig (No. 4), along with freshmen Emily Harris (No. 3) and Molly Ruby (No. 5), all picked up their fourth individual singles victories of the year with 6-0, 6-0 decisions. Sophomore Sarita Adhikary won by an identical score at No. 6 to improve her individual singles record on the year to 3-0.
Azusa Pacific is now 5-0 on the season with a 2-0 GSAC record, while Hope International drops to 0-5 overall, 2-0 GSAC. Friday’s visit to Fullerton was the Cougars’ first of 4 consecutive GSAC matches on the road, a stretch that continues with a Monday, Feb. 21 visit to the NAIA’s top-ranked Fresno Pacific.