PHOENIX, Ariz.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team made a mark on day one of the Grand Canyon Tournament, winning 17 of 18 matches in a pair of dominating efforts. The Cougars, who won all but two games on the day, opened with a 9-0 victory over Montana State-Billings before taking down Pacific West Conference foe Chaminade (Hawai’i) 8-1 to improve to 3-1 this season.
Junior captain, and 17th ranked NCAA Division II player, Emily Harris was nearly flawless in her two matches at No. 1 singles, winning 6-0, 6-0 against the Yellow Jackets, and taking down Chaminade’s top player 6-1, 6-0 to record her 18th consecutive singles win. Danae Ingwaldson recorded a sweep against the Silverswords (6-0, 6-0), and won 6-3, 6-2 against Montana State-Billings to bring her record to 2-2 at No. 2 this year. The duo, ranked 10th by the ITA, won both of its matches by a combined score of 16-2 to elevate its record to 4-0 in 2013.
Kim Koetterheinrich tallied two singles wins on the day, defeating Chaminade’s Isel Barba 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4, and beating Libby Rutz 6-0, 6-1 in the morning match. Brejohn McCrary and Samantha Kaneta each posted victories against Montana State-Billings, going 6-0, 6-1, and 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.
Lindsey Yeom split her matches, topping Emily Paffhausen 6-3, 6-1, and falling to Jan Matsumoto in three sets. Bethany Duval tabbed her first win of the season, beating Shayla Hosaka 6-0, 6-1. Stephanie Quan had no problems improving to 1-1 on the year with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Katherine Guerrero.
Koetterheinrich had her 19-match doubles winning streak snapped last weekend, but started a new one on Friday with two straight wins with Yeom at No. 2 and No. 3. McCrary and Kaneta won their lone doubles match of the day, while Duval and Quan tabbed an 8-1 victory against the Yellow Jackets.
The Cougars will return to play tomorrow when they take on Sonoma State and Metro State (Colo.) in day two of the Grand Canyon Tournament.