AZUSA, Calif.-- After suffering a surprising loss to Middlebury (Vt.) on Monday, the NAIA's No. 5 ranked Azusa Pacific came back strong, defeating No. 15 Vanguard 7-2 while playing host at nearby Citrus College on Friday afternoon. The Cougars went 2-1 in doubles play, before cruising to a victory with a 5-1 showing in singles.
Leah Hoffee kept her sensational senior season going with her 14th straight win at No. 2 singles, as she posted a 6-1, 6-1 win over Nina Pudar, while Emily Harris quickly got past Ekaterin Gabashvili at No. 3 with a 6-1, 6-0 win.
At No. 4 Nakieta Hein narrowly came away with a first set win before she defeated Gabriele Alford 6-4, 6-0, while Danae Ingwaldson notched a 6-3, 6-3 sweep of Petronella Lindahl in the 5th spot. Ingwaldson moved to 12-3 this year with the win. At No. 6 Molly Ruby went to 4-0 in singles play with a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Ashley Tebeau.
In doubles McNall and Ruby had no issue with Alford and Lindahl as they posted an 8-1 win at No. 2, while Hoffee and Kim Koetterheinrich tabbed an 8-3 defeat of Tebeau and Gabashvili at 3-doubles. Azusa Pacific’s lone doubles loss came when Bergmanova and Pudar beat Harris and Ingwaldson 8-6 at No. 1.
The win improved the Cougars to 14-2 on the season and 10-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference Play. The Cougars will have a chance to better that on Monday when they take on Concordia at 10 a.m. at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.