AZUSA, Calif.-- The Cougars’ outlook was bleak midway through Monday afternoon’s tennis match against No. 20 Cal State L.A., but despite trailing by a set in the final three matches with the score knotted at 3-3, 10th ranked Azusa Pacific reeled off a trio of three-set wins in a 6-3 defeat of the Eagles.
After winning a pair of doubles matches, and getting a quick victory from Kim Koetterheinrich at No. 2, the Cougars used a trio of three-set wins, with Lindsey Yeom clinching the win with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 defeat of Tiffany Leung at No. 4. Natalie Johnson put Azusa Pacific in position to win with her three-set victory (5-7, 6-3, 6-3) against Sonia Landeros at No. 2, the freshman’s team-leading 16th win of the season.
One week aftaer a narrow three-set win over 39th ranked Leora Hemmerich, 22nd ranked senior Emily Harris fell in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) to Hemmerich at No. 1 Monday. Danae Ingwaldson dropped a two-set match to Sydney Postal at No. 3 (6-4, 6-0). Stephanie Quan closed out the day with a 4-6, 6-4, 4-4 win after Victoria Vo retired in the third set at No. 5.
The Cougars took a 2-1 lead following doubles after Harris and Johnson kept their record perfect as a team, improving to 4-0 at No. 1 with an 8-5 defeat of Emmerich and Postal before Quan and Koetterheinrich posted an 8-6 victory over Leung and Landeros at No. 3. Yeom and Ingwaldson lost at No. 2 doubles to Samantha Sismundo and Sevana Zargarian at No. 2.
The Cougars will close out the regular season on Saturday when they take on No. 11 ranked UC San Diego at 11 a.m. at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex before competing in the Pacific West Conference tournament in Surprise, Ariz. next week.