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Published
May 5, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Point Loma Nazarene 5
Azusa Pacific 3

NAIA Region II Semifinals

COSTA MESA, Calif -- It’s said that it can be quite difficult to beat a good team 3 times in one season. Such was the case Thursday morning as the NAIA’s No. 8-ranked Point Loma Nazarene upset No. 4 Azusa Pacific, 5-3, in the semifinals of the 2005 NAIA Region II Women’s Tennis Tournament at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

The win is the third-seed Sea Lions’ first in 3 tries this year against the second-seed Cougars, who defeated the Sea Lions, 6-3, back in February as well as 5-4 in March.

With the win, the Sea Lions improve to 16-6 overall but more importantly advance to tomorrow’s finals where they meet top seed and No. 2-ranked Vanguard, which defeated Westmont, 5-0, in the other semifinal.

Azusa Pacific falls to 19-7 but will still earn an at-large berth to the 2005 NAIA National Tournament May 16-20 in Mobile, Ala.

For the second straight match, the Sea Lions jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead after winning at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles. Mayu Sato and Christiana Scolinos edged out Alyse Tyson and Christine LaLonde for a 9-8 win at No. 3 to account for the Cougars’ point.

In singles’ play, the Sea Lions needed to just split with the Cougars to clinch the match. Anita Sieczka defeated Bay Daniels, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 3, and Tyson downed Scolinos, 6-4, 6-0, at No. 6. The Cougars responded with 2 more points as Sato downed Amanda Miller, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4, and Lynn Quitoriano upended LaLonde, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 5. At that point, all eyes turned to Courts 1 and 2 where Jennifer Dao and Ashley Strimple at No. 1, and Andrea Montoya and Peggy Bell at No. 2 were engaged in a barn-burner. Montoya edged Bell, 6-4, 6-4, to clinch the match for the Sea Lions.

Singles
1 - Ashley Strimple (PLNU) vs. Jennifer Dao (APU) DNF
2 - Andrea Montoya (PLNU) d. Peggy Bell (APU) 6-4, 6-4
3 - Anita Sieczka (PLNU) d. Bay Daniels (APU) 6-2, 6-2
4 - Mayu Sato (APU) d. Amanda Miller (PLNU) 6-2, 6-1
5 - Lynn Quitoriano (APU) d. Christine LaLonde (PLNU 6-1, 6-0
6 - Alyse Tyson (PLNU) d. Christiana Scolinos (APU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
1 – Strimple/Sieczka (PLNU) d. Dao/Daniels 8-4
2 - Montoya/Miller (PLNU) d. Bell/Quitoriano 9-7
3 - Sato/Scolinos (APU) d. Tyson/LaLonde 9-8