AZUSA, Calif.-- In a rare home doubleheader the Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team added a pair of wins, defeating Academy of Art 5-1 in an abbreviated match, before posting a 6-3 victory over Point Loma. The Cougars, who closed the regular season with a 15-4 record, will enjoy nearly two weeks off before traveling to Hawai’i for the PacWest tournament on April 18.
In the win over the Urban Knights Azusa Pacific swept doubles action to take a 3-0 lead, and clinched the win on Kim Koetterheinrich’s 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Tamara Kenia. Emily Harris registered a 6-1, 6-4 win against Nina Gajdosikova at No. 1, while Danae Ingwaldson fell to Michelle Dandik 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2.
In doubles Harris and Ingwaldson posted an 8-4 win at No. 1, and Brejohn McCrary and Koetterheinrich defeated Gajdosikova and Jenny Johansson 8-3 at No. 2. Stephanie Quan and Samantha Kaneta beat Kinga Kurczbuch and Lucia Zavarcikova 8-4 at No. 3.
In the victory over the Sea Lions the Cougars again swept through doubles, winning all three matches 8-2. Harris made it a 4-1 match after Kaneta retired due to injury, beating Maika Adair 6-0, 6-1. Point Loma cut its deficit to two when Wileen Chiu recorded a 2-6, 6-0, 7-5 victory against Lindsey Yeom. But Ingwaldson clinched the win, notching a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Hope Penner at No. 2. Quan logged a super-breaker win over Preethika Venugopal, winning 3-6, 6-3, 10-7. The Sea Lions then closed the day with a super-breaker win over Koetterheinrich.
On tap for Azusa Pacific is the PacWest tournament, where the Cougars will compete against a field that consists of four teams ranked inside the top 15 of the NCAA Division II (ITA). Azusa Pacific will then travel to Mobile, Ala. for the NCCAA national championships on May 7-10.