SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The Arizona Christian University women's tennis program, coached by Cady Andelin, improved its season records to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in conference with a 6-3 Golden State Athletics Conference victory over Hope International University (0-3, 0-1 GSAC), Tuesday, February 12, at La Camarilla Racquet and Fitness Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. The victory was Arizona Christian's first GSAC win in its first-ever conference match and also its first home victory ever in program history.
Arizona Christian earned one point with a win at number three doubles and won five of the six singles positions. Sophomore Julia Anaya (Phoenix, Ariz./Washington HS/Glendale CC) and junior Taylor Als (Bremen, Ind./Bremen H.S./Paradise Valley CC) improved their season records to 3-2 overall and 1-0 in conference with an 8-0 number three doubles victory over Alyssa Pritchett and Monique Jimenez from Hope International.
At number one singles, Arizona Christian sophomore Jessica Trink (Scottsdale, Ariz./Horizon H.S.) came back from one set down to defeat Jasmin Zaragoza, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, at number one singles, and evened her overall record at 2-2. Junior Lea Souvigne (Grenoble, France/Lycee Pierre Begnin/Glendale CC) defeated Jeannette Rodriguez from Hope, 6-0, 6-2, at number three singles, and raised her singles record to 4-1 overall. Trink and Souvigne (2-2, 0-1 GSAC) lost to Hope's Caroline Houston and Sabrina-Lee Miller, 8-4 at number one doubles.
Houston won a point for Hope with a 6-2, 6-0 number two singles win over Arizona Christian freshman Brianna Lopez (Temecula, Calif./Great Oaks HS), whose record fell to 3-4 overall. Lopez and junior Tiffany Levin (Glendale, Ariz./Home Schooled/Glendale CC) lost a close number two doubles match to Zaragoza and Rodriguez, 8-7, with a 7-4 tiebreaker deciding the winner. Levin won an important point for Arizona Christian with a 6-0, 6-4 number six singles win over Hope's Monique Jimenez.
Julia Anaya defeated Miller, 6-2, 7-5, and Als defeated Pritchett, 6-1, 4-6, 7-6, and decided the match in her favor by winning an 8-6 tiebreaker in set three. Anaya, Als and Levin all have 4-1 singles records so far this season.
Arizona Christian returns to action, Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m., against Brigham Young University-Hawaii at La Camarilla Racquet and Fitness Club, and hosts Dixie State University from Utah, Saturday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 p.m. at La Camarilla. Both opponents are NCAA Division II members.