Azusa Pacific, which was ranked No. 17 in the final NAIA Coaches' Poll, sees it season come to an abrupt halt at 15-7.
The Saints, who are looking for their sixth NAIA title, swept all 3 doubles' matches to take a quick 3-0 lead, virtually deflating the Cougars' spirits. Then Jitka Schonfeldova stopped Eva Dvorakova, playing her final collegiate match, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 1, Carolyn Kolzowski defeated Mayu Sato, 6-0, 6-1, at No. 3 and Alicia Graham handed Brianne Hahn just her third loss of the season, 6-0, 6-0, to clinch the win.
On a brighter note, Azusa Pacific received NAIA All-America Scholar Athlete Team recognition yesterday after posting a team GPA of 3.5 this year. Also, Laurel Buehler, Dvorakova and Patty Guinto each received individual Scholar Athlete honors.
Match 12 -- Flagler (Fla.) (18-6) def. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) (15-7) 6-0 (at South Fulton Tennis Center) Singles Jitka Schonfeldova (FC) def. Eva Dvorakova (APU) 6-0, 6-1 Vicki Bucalic (FC) vs. Jennifer Hansen (APU) - did not finish Carolyn Kolzowski (FC) def. Mayu Sato (APU) 6-0, 6-1 Olivia Schalpfer (FC) vs. Patty Guinto (APU) - did not finish Alicia Graham (FC) def. Brianne Hahn (APU) 6-0, 6-0 Delyse Pretorius (FC) vs. Marilyn Wise (APU) - did not finish Doubles Schonfeldova/Pretorius (FC) def. Hansen/Hahn (APU) 8-2 Graham/Bucalic (FC) def. Dvorakova/Guinto (APU) 8-2 Kozlowski/Schlapfer (FC) def. Sato/Minthy Nguyen (APU) 8-3