LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team was represented by five players who competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division II West Regional this past weekend, where junior Emily Harris reached the semifinals in the singles draw and competed in the doubles final with sophomore Danae Ingwaldson.
Harris and Ingwaldson entered the tournament as the second-seeded doubles team. With a bye on Thursday, the pairing had its first matches on Friday, winning both 8-1 and 9-7. Harris and Ingwaldson returned on Saturday to face the No. 3-seeded team in the tournament from Grand Canyon, Katharina Mittag and Frederique Van de Velde.
After splitting the first 14 games of the set, Harris and Ingwaldson took the final two games to secure a spot in the final against the No. 1 seeds from BYU-Hawaii in the evening. The pair of Cougars had their run come to an end with an 8-3 loss to the top-seeded team.
Four Cougars qualified to play in the singles draw for the weekend, led by Harris, who was the seeded at No. 6.
After receiving a bye in the round of 64, Harris advanced straight to the semifinals without dropping a single set or game in three matches. In the semifinals, Harris had her 36-game win streak snapped by No. 3-seed Marie Boura, who eventually defeated Harris, 6-3, 6-3.
Junior Stephanie Quan reached the round of 16 for the Cougars. Quan compiled a pair of straight-set wins by scores of 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-3. However, Quan faced No. 5-seeded Priscilla Annoual in the third round and lost 6-1, 6-0.
Ingwaldson and junior Kim Koetterheinrich each advanced past the first round with straight set wins on Thursday. On Friday, Ingwaldson had a tough second round draw, losing to eventual singles and doubles champion Annie Hwang of BYU Hawaii. Koetterheinrich faced Erika Januskova of Fresno Pacific in the second round and won the first set 6-3. Januskova bounced back to win the second set and force a match-tiebreaker, which the Sunbird won, 10-5.
Sophomore Bethany Duval and Koetterheinrich were the Cougars’ second doubles team for the tournament. The pair lost in the round of 32 to Grand Canyon by a score of 8-2.