Azusa, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women's tennis team continued its gauntlet of a stretch on Thursday, suffering an 8-1 loss to No. 3 ranked Barry in its fourth match against a top-15 opponent in the past two weeks.
The Cougars, who have lost back-to-back matches for the first time this season, posted their lone victory at No. 1 doubles, where Emily Harris and Danae Ingwaldson handed Barry's duo of Kimmy Twelker and Anaeve Pain an 8-6 defeat. The loss was just the second of the year for the Buccaneers' top pair. For Harris and Ingwaldson, it was the team's eighth win of the season, improving to 8-4, and also marked the 30th doubles win as a team.
After dropping the first service game, Harris and Ingwaldson rattled off six consecutive games to take a commanding 6-1 double-break lead. However, Barry got both breaks back and was serving to level the match a 7-7 before the Cougars got the clinching break to earn a point for the team.
At No. 2 and 3 doubles, Barry cruised for 8-3 and 8-2 wins respectively. At No. 4 singles, sophomore Lindsey Yeom fell to the No. 9 player in the nation Elisabeth Abanda, 6-4, 6-1. Those four games in the first set were the most the Cougars won in any singles set.
Blanka Szavay earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles over Bethany Duval, while Stephanie Quan fell 6-0, 6-2 at No. 5. Natalie Johnson suffered just her third loss of the season against the nation’s No. 19 singles player Karina Goia at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-2. Ingwaldson and Harris each lost their singles matches after the win in doubles, going down 6-0, 6-3, and 6-1, 6-2 respectively
The Cougars will host No. 10 Academy of Art on Friday and Western New Mexico on Monday.