by Chrissy Zehrbach
In non-conference competition, the University of La Verne women’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 loss to Azusa Pacific University Saturday, in Azusa.
The Leopards’ doubles teams put up a good fight against the Cougars, who are currently ranked No. 20 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
“We didn’t just give them points; we made them work for them,” Michelle Tang said.
ULV’s No. 1 doubles, Tang and Michelle Fontanez, and No. 2 doubles, Paige Hanawalt and Lacy Cascadden, both dropped their matches, 4-8.
“Their team had a really good backcourt game,” Hanawalt said. “They all played like singles players.”
No. 3 doubles pair Desiree Whipperman and Angelina Martinez were defeated by Marilyn Wise and Hephzibah Segura 8-2.
As a doubles pair, Wise and Segura are undefeated.
Assistant coach Brian Harrison said the doubles matches were quick-paced with a lot of movement. Many points were decided by the Cougars’ ability to close points off at the net, he said.
“The girls were right there through the matches, but when APU had the opportunity to win games, they won it,” Harrison said.
Following the doubles losses, the Leopards took to the singles courts in hopes of gaining a victory.
“Doubles scores were pretty high, but the singles scores were even better,” Harrison said.
Three of the six singles matches were close for the Leopards.
No. 1 singles player Cascadden faced Mayo Sato. After losing the first set 6-2, Cascadden came back in the second to split sets with a 7-5 win.
Sato regained control in the third and took the set 6-4, wining the match.
“(Cascadden) could have taken the match, but things didn’t fall her way,” Harrison said.
No. 3 singles player Fontanez faced Segura.
Fontanez lost the first set 6-1, but came back in the second set with determination. With the score tied at 6-6, a tie breaker ensued.
Segura clenched the tie breaker 7-1 and the set 7-6.
In final hopes of a ULV win, No. 6 singles player Emily Hofer faced APU’s Laurel Buehler.
Hofer put pressure on her opponent but dropped the first set 7-6 after a 4-7 tie breaker. She then fell short 6-4 in the second set.
“They’re putting pressure on the other girls, and they keep building,” Harrison said. “The ladies are taking sets off girls and becoming better. We’re not focusing on wins, more on the learning process. The situation of winning is the next step.”
APU gave the Leopards their third consecutive loss, which brings ULV’s overall record to 1-7.
ULV will host the University of Puget Sound at 2 p.m., today and Colorado College at 2 p.m., tomorrow at the Nancy Blickenstaff Tennis Pavilion.