LOS ANGELES, Calif.-- After a week off there was bound to be some rust, and on Monday that was all 25th ranked Cal State Los Angeles needed to post a 6-3 victory over the No. 24 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team. The Cougars trailed 2-1 after doubles, and lost each of their top-four matches to record their first loss since March 9.
Azusa Pacific, which had beaten the Eagles 7-2 at home earlier this season, won only four sets in singles play, and couldn’t get within three games in each of its doubles losses. Kim Koetterheinrich and Stephanie Quan provided the two singles victories. Koetterheinrich improved to 10-1 with a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (9) defeat of Sydney Postal at No. 6, while Quan registered her ninth consecutive win with a 7-5, 7-6 (3) victory over Tiffany Lueng.
Quan was also part of the lone doubles win, teaming with Samantha Kaneta for an 8-1 victory at No. 3. Emily Harris fell to Christie Lau 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1, while Danae Ingwaldson dropped a 6-1, 6-2 match to Leora Hemmerich at No. 2.
Kaneta lost to Tiffani Shaik 7-6, 6-0, and Lindsey Yeom had her three match winning streak snapped with a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Jill Sangria. Harris and Inglwaldson fell 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, and Yeom and Koetterheinrich lost 8-4 at No. 2.
The Cougars, who hadn’t played since their historic win over Fresno Pacific last Monday, will return home for a pair of Friday matches. Azusa Pacific will take on Academy of Art at 9 a.m., before challenging Point Loma in the afternoon. The match with the Urban Knights will be streamed on Azusa Pacific’s Live Video Portal.