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Cougars Answer Another Close Call

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Natalie Johnson improved to 3-0 with her first win at No. 2 singles.

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Published
February 8, 2014
By
Chris Baker
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SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team continued its strong start, albeit in the same narrow fashion it’s become accustomed to in the first few weeks of the season with a 5-4 defeat of Point Loma on Saturday, its third straight 5-point effort.

The Cougars took a 2-1 lead in doubles, and split in singles, with Emily Harris and Natalie Johnson keeping their perfect records intact. Johnson, playing in her first match at No. 2, posted a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Regina Koch, while Harris made quick work of Maika Adair in a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 1.

Stephanie Quan registered her first win of the year, beating Hillary Ramage 6-2, 6-1 at No. 6. Danae Ingwaldson suffered a three-set loss (4-6, 6-1 , 7-6) to Hope Penner at No. 3, while Kim Koetterheinrich (6-2, 6-4) and Lindsey Yeom (6-2, 7-6) lost at No. 4 and No. 5 respectively.

At No. 1 doubles Harris and Ingwaldson tabbed an 8-1 defeat of Penner and Regina Koch, and the team of Kotterheinrich and Yeom beat Adair and Ramage 9-7. Sharon Reibstein and Preethika Venugopal posted an 8-4 win against Johnson and Quan.

The Cougars will return to action on Monday with a home tilt against Concordia at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.