FRESNO, Calif.-- The No. 27 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team suffered its first loss of the 2014 season, falling 5-4 to No. 10 Fresno Pacific on Monday. The Cougars dropped two of three in doubles, but rattled off three singles wins to take a 4-3 lead before FPU closed with two wins to clinch the victory and improve to 21-1 all-time against Azusa Pacific.
Natalie Johnson posted her seventh consecutive singles win, defeating Alison Carre 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2, while Stephanie Quan registered a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Matilda Ackered at No. 5. Kim Koetterheinrich tabbed Azusa Pacific’s third singles win, routing Megan Lee 6-1, 6-1.
No. 25 ranked Emily Harris lost to No. 14 Petra Jurova 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1, and Danae Ingwaldson suffered a three-set loss (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) to Angelika Sobiecka a No. 3. Lindsey Yeom fell to Laure-Anne Joss 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.
In doubles play Quan and Johnson recorded Azusa Pacific’s lone win with an 8-5 victory against Josso and Ackered. The Sunbirds narrowly edged out the Cougars in the other two doubles matches, with Harris and Ingwaldson losing 9-7 at No. 1, and Yeom/Koetterheinrich falling 9-7 at No. 2.
The Cougars will get back to action on Feb. 26 against Westmont before taking BYU-Hawaii on Feb. 27, with both matches taking place at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.