AZUSA, Calif.-- A slow start didn’t stop the Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team from bouncing back from a loss to No. 2 ranked BYU-Hawaii last Thursday as the No. 16 ranked Cougars posted a 6-3 win over Lewis (Ill.) on Monday.
Azusa Pacific dropped the first match of the day at No. 1 doubles, and looked up at a 2-1 deficit heading into singles action. The Cougars, however, rattled off two quick wins to take a 3-2 lead, and after the Flyers knotted the score at 3-3, got wins at No. 5 and No. 6 to clinch the victory and improve to 8-2 on the year.
Kim Koetterheinrich sealed the Cougar win with a 6-0, 6-2 defeat of Kendra Mills at No. 6 after Stephanie Quan improved to 6-0 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Jill Wetmore at No. 5. Natalie Johnson’s swift 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 13 ranked Zsofia Lanstiak tied the match at 2-2, and Danae Ingwaldson’s 6-4, 7-5 win against Ana Banic pushed the Cougars ahead 3-2.
Lindsey Yeom fell to Megan Nguyen 6-3, 7-5 at No. 4 before No. 25 ranked Emily Harris closed out the day with a match-clinching backhand past No. 41 ranked Zsofia Kranczicki to give the senior a dramatic 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-4 win.
In doubles the 20th ranked team of Harris and Ingwaldson suffered an 8-3 loss to No. 4 ranked Kranczicki and Lanstiak at No. 1, and Yeom/Koetterheinrich lost to Nguyen and Ana at No. 2. Quan and Johnson won their fourth consecutive match with an 8-4 defeat kf Wetmore and Mills at No. 3.
The Cougars, who have alternated wins and losses in their past five matches, will take on No. 3 ranked Barry on Thursday after facing No. 6 ranked Lynn on Tuesday at 1:30.