Tennis falls to top-ranked APU

The men and women both took tough losses to the No. 8 and No. 9 seeded Azusa Pacific University Cougars, 0-4, 2-5.

Andi Basista, Sports Editor

Biola’s men’s and women’s tennis teams traveled to Azusa Pacific University to take on the nationally-ranked Cougars in what would end up being a disappointing afternoon. The men were left swept by APU, losing 0-4. The women had slightly better luck, but still found themselves short, losing 2-5.

STUMPED EAGLES

The afternoon began with men’s doubles matches. Sophomores Alexei Prokopchuk and Antonio Rosales Varona lost their No. 1 doubles 2-6 while sophomore Alex Sedeno and freshman Isaac Cordova fell to their No. 2 APU opponents 1-6. Sophomore Sebastian Herrera and senior Erik Martinez won their first set of the No. 3 doubles, but the match went unfinished during the second set. Prokopchuk, Herrera and Varona all lost their individual matches while Cordova, Sedeno and Martinez all left the court with their matches unfinished in the third set.

BEST SHOT

Freshmen Brooke Fager and Lilly McNeill won the only doubles matches for the Eagles, securing a 6-3 victory over the Cougars in the No. 2 slot. Freshman Colbyshae Emery and sophomore Mary Brascia put up a good fight, but were defeated 4-6 in the No. 1 doubles. Freshmen Gaby Carvajal and Amelia Kitts were unable to put numbers on the scoreboard, losing 0-6 in the No. 3 doubles.

Brascia was the only Biolan to secure a played-out win in the singles matches. Her No. 5 individuals went in her favor, winning both sets 6-2 and 6-4. Emery won her No. 1 singles by opponent retirement in the third set. Carvajal, Fager, McNeill and sophomore Ines Diaz all fell to their APU opponents.

The men’s team falls at 7-5 overall and will head to Santa Barbara, Calif. for their next matchup against Westmont University on Thursday, April 1 at 2 p.m. The women’s team now sits at 11-3 overall and will host Point Loma Nazarene University at the Biola Tennis Center on Saturday, April 3 at 2 p.m.

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