AZUSA, Calif.-- In the first match of a brutal stretch, the No. 16 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team fell to No. 2 ranked BYU-Hawaii 7-2 on Thursday. The Cougars took one doubles match, and got another win in singles, with Stephanie Quan posting a win at No. 5 to help the Cougars snare two points from the second rated team in NCAA Division II.
Quan defeated Alexandra Ulbrichtov 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) to improve to 5-0 this season. Natalie Johnson suffered her first collegiate loss, falling to No. 26 Marietta Tuionetoa at No. 2, while No. 25 Emily Harris dropped her match against Nannan Zhang 6-1, 6-4 at No. 1.
No. 17 ranked Marika Kobayashi took down Lindsey Yeom in three sets (3-6, 7-5, 10-2) at No. 4, and Danae Ingwaldson lost to Min Liu 6-4, 6-2 at No. 2. Jeong-Min Jeon snapped Bethany Duval’s four match winning streak with a 6-3, 6-1 win at No. 6.
In doubles, the team of Quan and Johnson posted an 8-4 win over Kanela Adamson and Jade Griffin at No. 3, while No. 20 Harris and Ingwaldson fell 8-4 at No. 1. Liu and Zhang registered an 8-3 win over Kim Kotterheinrich and Yeom at No. 3.
Azusa Pacific is scheduled to face three top-25 teams in the next week, although Friday’s match against No. 22 Cal State L.A. is likely to be rescheduled due to rain. The Cougars will face No. 6 Lynn on Tuesday before challenging No. 3 Barry on Wednesday.