AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific women’s tennis team had three players receive All-Pacific West Conference honors following the Cougars’ fourth place PacWest finish. Emily Harris earned first-team recognition in singles and doubles, while Natalie Johnson took home second-team singles honors on top of being named to the first-team doubles team. Danae Ingwaldson rounded out the Cougar awards, earning third-team All-PacWest honors.
“Each of the girls were key to our success. The top part of our lineup was the strength of our team all year, and we had to rely on them against a very difficult schedule. All three of them really stepped up and helped the team win some tight matches,” said head coach Mark Bohren. “Emily was such a great captain, and she had a really great career. Then we have Natalie who came in and performed as a freshman. And Danae was such a positive player for us all season. I’m proud of each of them and am happy to see them get honored.”
Harris closed out her remarkable career with her second-straight first-team All-PacWest season. The Scottsdale, Ariz. native posted a 15-11 record at No. 1 singles during a season in which the Cougars faced 15 ranked opponents. Harris recorded two wins over individually ranked players, and went 2-1 during the NCCAA tournament, helping Azusa Pacific to the program’s’ second national runner-up finish. The two-time team captain finishes her career with a singles record of 67-22, playing her junior and senior seasons at No. 1 in the lineup.
Johnson became the first Cougar to post 20 wins since Bay Daniels tabbed a 20-4 record in 2006, closing out her successful freshman campaign with a mark of 20-4. Johnson ended the year riding a seven-match singles winning streak, while going unbeaten over the last 13 matches of the season. She tallied a pair of wins against ranked opponents, and was 3-0 against players ranked in the West Region.
Harris and Johnson paired up to form Azusa Pacific’s top doubles team, registering a record of 11-3 after teaming midway through the season. The duo won their its first six matches together and went 4-1 during the NCCAA championships.
Ingwaldson posted a 13-11 mark in her third season with the team, going 12-10 at No. 3 singles. The Liberty High School graduate recorded two wins against ranked opponents, and helped the Cougars to their first 20-win season since 2011. Ingwaldson tabbed a 2-1 mark throughout the postseason, getting wins against No. 35 ranked Sonoma State and No. 20 ranked (NAIA) Campbellsville.
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