AZUSA, Calif.-- The NAIA’s No. 7 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team made it four in a row with a win over No. 5 ranked Concordia on Monday afternoon. The Cougars, who improved to 3-0 in GSAC play, defeated the Eagles (3-1) 6-3 to kick off a busy four-match schedule that continues with a trip to Fresno Pacific tomorrow.
“I was very happy with the win. We played doubles first and that set the tone for us the rest of the way,” said head coach Mark Bohren.
The Cougars took doubles 2-1 after the teams of Leah Hoffee and Danae Ingwaldson and Molly Ruby and Natalie McNall posted wins; 8-6 and 8-4 respectively. The Eagles, however, took the No. 1 doubles match with an 8-4 victory over Nakieta Hein and Emily Harris.
In singles McNall fell to Bettina Radke 6-2, 6-1 in the No. 1 position, while Ingwaldson dropped a three-set match despite opening with a 6-0 win (0-6, 6-2, 6-2).
However, Hoffee came up with a huge win (6-3, 6-3) against Concordia’s Jordan Kimura; a player nobody on the Cougar team has beaten before.
“Leah played extremely well, she beat a girl none of our players have. She’s one of the top players in the nation,” said Bohren.
Harris defeated Johanna Sceresini 7-5, 6-3 in No. 3 singles, while Hein registered a 6-4, 7-5 win against Summer Beaird in the 5th spot. Kim Koetterheinrich rounded out the singles competition by recording a 6-2, 6-0 win over Elli Johnson.
After playing Fresno Pacific tomorrow Azusa Pacific will host Grand Canyon on Friday and travel to Vanguard on Saturday.