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May 18, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 5
Embry-Riddle (Fla.) 1

NAIA Tournament – Quarterfinals

MOBILE, Ala. -- Three of the top 4 seeds advanced to the semifinals of the 2005 NAIA Women’s Tennis Tournament today, and Azusa Pacific wasn’t one of them—one of the top seeds that is.

The fifth-seeded Cougars became the only team not seeded in the top 4 to advance to tomorrow’s semifinals with a convincing 5-1 win over fourth-seed Embry-Riddle (Fla.).

With the win, the Cougars move to 21-7 overall and advances to their second straight semifinal appearance. The Cougars face top seed and undefeated Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) in a rematch of last year’s championship match won by the Senators. Embry-Riddle finishes its season at 17-7.

Azusa Pacific snuck away a pair of doubles’ points, edging out identical 8-6 wins at Nos. 1 and 2. With the match tied at 1-1, Peggy Bell and Lynn Quitoriano defeated Liezl Samios-Uv and Alex Buttazzoni, 8-6, at No. 2 to steal the all-important second point.

That win seemingly deflated Embry-Riddle and gave all the momentum to the Cougars, who then went out in singles’ play and took care of business. Jennifer Dao knocked off Nora Kluge, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1, Bay Daniels stormed past Buttazzoni, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 3, and Quitoriano closed the deal with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Natalie Anaya at No. 5.

This marks the second straight year that Azusa Pacific placed both of its men’s and women’s tennis teams in the semifinals.

1 – Jennifer Dao (APU) d. Nora Kluge (ERAU) 6-2, 6-1
2 – Peggy Bell (APU) vs. Liezl Samios-Uv (ERAU) DNF (6-4, 6-6)
3 – Bay Daniels (APU) d. Alex Buttazzoni (ERAU) 6-1, 7-5
4 – Mayu Sato (APU) vs. Emily Leick (ERAU) DNF (7-6 (2), 5-4)
5 – Lynn Quitoriano (APU) d. Natalie Anaya (ERAU) 6-3, 6-4
6 – Jessica Anaya (ERAU) vs. Christiana Scolinos (APU) DNF (6-4, 4-4)

1 – Dao/Daniels (APU) d. Kluge/Leick (ERAU) 8-6
2 – Bell/Quitoriano (APU) d. Samios-Uv/Buttazzoni (ERAU) 8-6
3 – Anaya/Anaya (ERAU) d. Sato/Scolinos (APU) 8-5