COSTA MESA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 7-ranked Azusa Pacific used a doubles sweep to claim its first win over Concordia since 2008, posting a 6-3 win over the No. 10-ranked Eagles Wednesday afternoon at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
Senior Casey Wetzig and junior Leah Hoffee remained perfect in doubles play this year, improving to 6-0 together and completing the doubles sweep with an 11-9 tiebreaker win at No. 2 doubles. Their victory followed Cougar wins at No. 1 and 3 doubles by a combined 16-3 margin.
The sweep of doubles closed out the match, following a split of the 6 singles matchups, and it was the first time Azusa Pacific had even won the majority of the doubles matches against Concordia since 2008, let alone swept the Eagles in doubles play. The Cougars are now 17-4 in doubles matches in 2011.
Wetzig got the match started with a straight-sets win at No. 5 singles, but Concordia won 3 of the next 4 matches that finished to take a 3-2 lead with No. 3 singles headed to a third set. Freshman Emily Harris posted the 3-set win, 7-6, 6-7, 10-3, to give Azusa Pacific a split that meant the doubles lineup would determine the match winner. Harris is 6-2 overall in singles play this year, and she is unbeaten in her 5 appearances at the No. 3 spot in the lineup.
Hoffee provided the Cougars’ other singles victory, a 6-4, 6-3 decision at the No. 4 spot, improving to 4-1 on the year, while Wetzig’s win gave her a perfect 7-0 mark in singles this year.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 7-1 overall, 4-1 GSAC, while Concordia drops to 2-2 overall, 1-2 GSAC. The Cougars won 3 times in a stretch of 4 consecutive road matches, including a pair of wins over NAIA Top-10 competition, and they return to action on Tuesday, March 8, hosting No. 23-ranked Westmont at 1:30 p.m. at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.