AZUSA, Calif.-- After six straight games on the road, the Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team finally got its first chance to play at home, and the Cougars didn’t disappoint, winning 9-0 over the NAIA’s 5th ranked Concordia on Monday afternoon. Azusa Pacific, which went 5-1 away from home to start the year, won its fifth consecutive match and recorded its third sweep of the year.
“We’ve had a few injuries, but we have so many girls willing and ready to step in, thatithasn’t been a problem. Overall I couldn’t be more happy. A lot of these teams are competitive and we’re playing really well. We keep on improving and that’s a great thing to see. From top to bottom all of our girls are playing better than they were even two or three weeks ago,” said head coach Mark Bohren.
Azusa Pacific opened the morning with a doubles sweep, getting two 8-0 wins, and an 8-1 victory. The 10th ranked (NCAA Division II) team of Emily Harris and Danae Ingwaldson posted an 8-0 defeat of Ulrike Hahn and Summer Beaird at No. 1, while Brejohn McCrary and Samantha Kaneta beat the 16th ranked (NAIA) team of Caitlyn Uzzi and Kristin Lampe. Kim Koetterheinrich and Bethany Duval finalized doubles action with an 8-1 win over Mona Piller and Ellie Johnson at No. 3.
In singles play Koetterheinrich double-bageled Johnson at No. 4 with 6-0, 6-0 victory to improve to 4-0 this season. No. 17 ranked Harris soon after clinched the Cougars’ win with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Piller at No. 1, stretching her winning streak to 20 matches. Lindsey Yeom registered a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3, before Duval tabbed her third straight singles win with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Lampe.
Danae Ingwaldson had the lengthiest match of the day, winning a super-tiebreaker 10-4 after splitting the first two sets 7-5, 6-7 (4-7) at No. 2. Stephanie Quan put the finishing touches on the win, beating Uzzi 7-5, 6-1 after overcoming a 4-1 deficit in the first set.
The Cougars, who have played in five matches in the past four days, will return to action on Monday against Fresno Pacific.