GLENDALE, Ariz.-- The 27th rated Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team improved to 5-0 on Friday, defeating 28th ranked Sonoma State 6-3 in Glendale Ariz. The Cougars, who won their first three matches 5-4 before sweeping Concordia on Monday, took four in singles action after winning two of three in doubles.
Natalie Johnson improved to 5-0 on the season, beating Leire Martinez 7-5, 6-4 at No. 2, while 25th ranked senior captain Emily Harris dropped her first match of the year, falling 6-4, 7-5 to 10th ranked Sara Celma at No. 1.
Lindey Yeom moved her record to 4-1 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at No. 4, and Bethany Duval posted her second straight win in a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Karlee Budge at No. 6. The Cougars’ other loss came in three sets, with Danae Ingwaldson losing 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 to Kaitlyn Haithcock at No. 3. Stephanie Quan registered a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win against Lauren Ha at No. 5.
In doubles play the 20th ranked team of Harris and Ingwaldson beat 21st ranked Celma and Haithcock 8-4 at No. 1, and Yeom and Quan recorded an 8-5 win against Ha and Budge. Sonoma State took its lone doubles win with an 8-4 victory at No. 2.
The Cougars, who are 5-0 for the first time since 2011, will return to play on Saturday against Western New Mexico before a showdown at Fresno Pacific on Monday.