AZUSA, Calif.-- It may not have taken long, but it sure was impressive. The NAIA’s 5th ranked Azusa Pacific took care of business quickly, defeating Biola 9-0 in just one hour and forty five minutes to improve to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in GSAC play. The Eagles (0-12, 0-8) won just a total of nine games and a pair of Cougars tabbed wins in their first appearance this year.
Freshman Bethany Duval and Danae Ingwaldson kicked the morning off with an 8-0 win in No. 3 doubles against Angelen Cobain and Mariah Pace, while Emily Ignas, who notched her first matches of the season today, and Nakieta Hein broke four serves in an 8-0 defeat of Danielle Calbeck and Jessica Thong in No. 2 doubles.
Emily Harris and Kim Koetterheinrich finished doubles with an 8-1 victory over Shamariah De Rojas and Kelly Thompson at No. 1 to keep the team’s record perfect (4-0).
In singles Natalie McNall registered a 6-1, 6-1 sweep of Biola’s top player, Pace, to give the Cougars a 4-0 edge before Harris clinched the win by cruising to a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Thompson at No. 2. Azusa Pacific pushed its record in No. 2 singles to 9-0 this year and Harris improved to 8-1 in her first match in the 2nd spot.
Ingwaldson continued the Cougar run by shutting out De Rojas in a 6-0, 6-0 win, and Duval won her second collegiate match with a 6-0, 6-1 defeat of Calbeck at No. 4.
Ignas, who hasn’t played since the 2010 season, was sharp with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Lauren Vogel to keep Azusa Pacific’s record at No. 6 perfect.
Stephanie Quan made her first appearance of the year and finished strong, winning eight of nine games after dropping three of the first seven to post a 6-3, 6-1 win over Thong at No. 5 singles to close the match with a 9-0 victory for the Cougars.
Azusa Pacific hosts a pair of non-conference matches next week with Mesa State (Colo.) coming to the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex for a 1:30 p.m. start on Wednesday before Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) squares off with the Cougars at 1:30 p.m. on Friday.