PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. -- Yesterday, Azusa Pacific barely had to break a sweat in its 5-0 opening round win over University of Sciences in Philadelphia to advance to the "Sweet 16" at the 2002 NAIA Tennis Tournament. Today, the tables were drastically turned as No. 4-seed Flagler (Fla.) easily rolled past the Cougars, 6-0, to advance to the quarterfinals.
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)
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
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