AZUSA, Calif.--For the second time in program history, the No. 13 ranked Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team recorded a win over long-time rival Fresno Pacific, defeating the Sunbirds 6-3 on Friday. Azusa Pacific used a 3-0 start thanks to a trio of doubles victories, before splitting singles action to record the second win over FPU in 23 matches dating back to 2006.
Emily Harris and Natalie Johnson kicked off the Cougars’ historic day with an 8-4 win over Petra Jurova and Angelika Sobiecka at No. 1, before Kim Koetterheinrich and Stephanie Quan recorded an 8-2 victory against Matilda Ackered and Erin Carlson at No. 3.
Azusa Pacific gained a commanding 3-0 lead headed into singles play after Lindsey Yeom and Danae Ingwaldson registered an 8-6 win against Alison Carre and Laure-Anne Josso at No. 2.
In singles play Quan put the Cougars within a point of their second win over FPU in the last two years with a blitzing 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Megan Lee at No. 5., but the sunbirds rallied for three straight singles wins to make it a 4-3 match with two courts yet to be decided. Jurova posted a 6-3, 6-2 win against No. 22 ranked Harris, and Carre recorded a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over Johnson at No. 2. Yeom also fell to Sobiecka in straight sets.
Koetterheinrich, however, put an end to the Sunbirds’ comeback bid after beating Ackered 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6. With the match in hand, Ingwaldson and Josso were forced to play a tiebreaker in the third set with the score knotted at 4-4 due to darkness. Ingwaldson then pulled out the breaker, winning 7-6 (5), 2-6, 5-4 (3) to give the Cougars their 12th win of the season.
Azusa Pacific will continue regular season action Saturday against Hawai’i Hilo, and Monday at Cal State L.A. The Cougars will then close the season with three straight home matches before competing in the Pacific West Conference Tournament in Surprise, Ariz. On April 17-19.