AZUSA, Calif. -- Facing a deficit after doubles isn’t something Azusa Pacific is accustomed to seeing this year, but the NAIA’s No. 5-ranked Cougars responded with five impressive singles victories to post a 6-3 win over No. 16-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Friday afternoon at the Citrus College tennis courts.
For just the second time all year, Azusa Pacific was defeated in two of the three doubles matches, suffering an 8-4 loss with its No. 1 tandem of Emily Harris and Danae Ingwaldson along with an 8-3 setback to Natalie McNall and Molly Ruby at the No. 2 position.
Leah Hoffee and Kim Koetterheinrich salvaged a point for the Cougars with an 8-1 win at No. 3, and Hoffee went on to provide the match-clinching singles point with her 6-1, 6-2 win over Dorothy Chong at No. 2 singles. With the win, Hoffee improved to a perfect 10-0 in singles play.
Harris picked up the first singles win, scoring a 6-0, 6-0 win in the third spot in the lineup, and victories from Nakieta Hein at No. 4 and Ingwaldson at No. 5 put Azusa Pacific in position to win the match by claiming any of the three remaining singles matches. Hoffee quickly closed out her straight-sets victory for the team win, and Koetterheinrich added a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 6 to close out the match.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 10-1 overall, and the Cougars host Hope International Monday afternoon to kick off a busy week that finds the Cougars playing three conference matches in a span of four days. The victory was Azusa Pacific’s sixth in a row.