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Published
March 4, 2014
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Chris Baker
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AZUSA, Calif.-- The No. 16 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team suffered its first 9-0 sweep in over four years, falling to No. 6 ranked Lynn (Fla.) on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars (8-3) lost two quick doubles matches and nearly got a point in a narrow 9-8 (7-4) loss in the third before being swept in singles action to give Azusa Pacific its first 9-0 loss since being swept by Fresno Pacific on April 9, 2009.

After the Knights (10-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead following an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles and an 8-3 win at No. 2, the team of Natalie Johnson and Stephanie Quan traded leads before playing a tie breaker. The Cougars and Knights were tied at 3-3 at the turn, but Lynn rattled off four of the next five points to sweep doubles.

In singles the NCAA Division II’s top player Vale Confalonieri beat No. 25 ranked Emily Harris 6-2, 6-2, before No. 11 Ioana Ivan posted a 6-1, 6-1 win against Dane Ingwaldson at No. 3. Rosalie Willig defeated Natalie Johnson 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2, and No. 21 ranked Andrea Berkova registered a 6-1, 6-0 win against Lindsey Yeom.

Kim Kotterheinrich and Stephanie Quan each nearly pushed the their matches to three sets, with Quan falling to Alina Jane 6-4, 7-5 at No. 5 and Kotterheinrich losing to Aleks Vukadiovic 6-2, 7-5 at No. 6.

Azusa Pacific will return to play on Thursday when it takes on No. 3 ranked Barry at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.