AZUSA, Calif.-- The NAIA’s 5th ranked Azusa Pacific kicked off the home stretch of the regular season in style, sweeping No. 21 Westmont 9-0 on Monday afternoon. The Cougars, who are coming off a heartbreaking loss to No. 2 Fresno Pacific, took a 3-0 lead in doubles and didn’t look back to collect their 10th home win of the year with just two matches left on the docket before traveling to Mobile, Ala. for the NAIA Championships.
Leah Hoffee got back on the winning track in a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory over Emily Keach at No. 2 after she and Kim Koetterheinrich routed Sophia Meulenberg and Louisa Bakker 8-0 at No. 3 doubles. The duo improved their record to 8-0 this season while Koetterheinrich kept her perfect doubles season alive with her 15th consecutive victory.
Danae Ingwaldson notched Azusa Pacific’s (16-3, 12-2) first singles win of the day, sprinting to a 6-0, 6-0 finish over Meuelenberg at No. 5 before Molly Ruby notched a 6-0, 6-0 win against Bakker to clinch the Cougars’ second victory over Westmont this year. Natalie McNall beat Nicci Yvanovich 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 to record her ninth win this year as the Cougars’ top player.
At No. 3 Emily Harris tallied a straight-sets victory over Carolyn Stevens with a 6-0, 6-0 showing to move her mark to 17-1 this year with her 12th consecutive win. In the day’s final match Nakieta Hein won a super-tie breaker 10-6 to register a 6-3, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6) victory at No. 4.
In doubles Hoffee and Koetterheinrich posted a quick win before Ruby and McNall tabbed an 8-4 victory over Stevens and Keach at No. 2. Harris and Ingwaldson closed doubles with an 8-2 showing against Yvanovich and Meyer at No. 1.
The Cougars will now face Biola on Friday before finishing the regular season with a home match against Point Loma Nazarene next Wednesday.