AZUSA, Calif.-- After a hard fought split in singles play, the NAIA’s 5th ranked Azusa Pacific took two out of three in doubles to clinch a 5-4 win over No. 8 Concordia on Monday. The Eagles, who lost 6-3 to the Cougars earlier this season when playing without their No. 4, Ulrike Hahn, knotted the match at 3-3 after handing Leah Hoffee her first loss of the season.
Hoffee, who had won 14 straight, suffered a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 defeat to Jordan Kimura at No. 2 in a battle that lasted nearly three hours. In their previous meeting Hoffee came away with a 6-3, 6-3 win.
On court 4 Nakieta Hein put Azusa Pacific (15-2, 11-1) up 1-0 with a quick 6-2, 6-0 victory before Concordia (7-6, 6-5) tied it at 1-1 with Kristin Yep’s 6-1, 6-2 win over Danae Ingwaldson at No. 5. The Eagles then went ahead 2-1 after Bettina Radke beat Natalie McNall 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
Molly Ruby had a lengthy 7-5, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1 win at No. 6 after overcoming a disappointing 2nd set before Emily Harris notched her 10th consecutive win with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-3 defeat of Johanna Sceresini at No. 3 to put Azusa Pacific back on top with a 3-2 edge.
After Hoffee fell on court two the Cougars headed to doubles needing to win two of three. Harris and Ingwaldson tabbed the first one with an 8-1 thrashing of Radke and Kimura at No. 1 before Azusa Pacific sealed its 11th Golden State Athletic Conference win of the season when Kim Koetterheinrich and Hein, who filled in for Hoffee after she was unable to play following her marathon of a match in singles, beat Ellie Johnson and Hahn 8-3 at No. 3.
Concordia would go on to win the last contest of the day after McNall and Ruby fell to Sceresini and Yep in an 8-5 loss. The Cougars will now enjoy a brief break before taking on the GSAC’s top-team, Fresno Pacific, next Thursday at home.