COSTA MESA, Calif.-- Competing without its full complement of players, the NAIA's 11th ranked Vanguard gave No.7 Azusa Pacific little trouble as the Cougars posted a 7-2 win over the Lions. Vanguard, which lost (by default) a doubles match and a singles match due to a lack of players, couldn't overcome Azusa Pacific's depth as the Cougars finished 5-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles.
In doubles play Natalie McNall and Molly Ruby lost their first match of the season, falling to Vanguard's No. 1 team 8-5. In the other match Danae Ingwaldson and Kim Koetterheinrich registered an 8-1 win to give Azusa Pacific a 2-1 lead after the Lions forfeited No. 3 doubles.
In singles play No. 1 McNall lost 6-0, 6-4, but Leah Hoffee evened things up with a 6-0, 6-4 win. Hoffee improved to 7-0 in singles play this year. In No. 3 and No. 4 singles the Cougars had no issues, sweeping the Lions in perfect fashion as Emily Harris and Nakieta Hein each posted 6-0, 6-0 wins. Harris improved to 6-1, while Hein is now 5-1 this season. Freshman Bethany Duval notched her first win of the season with a 6-2, 6-2 win in the No. 5 spot as Azusa Pacific won its fourth GSAC match of the season (6-1, 4-1).
The Cougars wrapped up their busy week with a 3-1 record, falling only to Fresno Pacific in a 5-4 loss. The next match on tap for the Cougars is a March 5 meeting at Westmont at 1:00 p.m.