Lady Sailfish March On to NCCAA National Semi-Final

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Communications

Veena Vasquez (Pictured) Continued to Play Well at the NCCAA National Tournament on Wednesday by Earning Wins at No. 1-Singles and No. 1-Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.Veena Vasquez (Pictured) Continued to Play Well at the NCCAA National Tournament on Wednesday by Earning Wins at No. 1-Singles and No. 1-Doubles. Photo Courtesy of: Lori Richards.

MOBILE, Ala.- Taking on an unfamiliar opponent the Sailfish women’s tennis team still had little trouble on Wednesday when they battled Azusa Pacific (Ca.) University to a 5-1 win in the pool B final match. The Fish dropped one of their doubles matches but then came back to sweep through singles to claim their third win in as many tries at the NCCAA National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama.

The victory puts the Sailfish (19-6) one step closer to their second straight NCCAA National Championship with a semi-finals match versus Southern Nazarene University on the docket for Thursday.

Veena Vasquez and Victoria Baca teamed up for the No. 1-doubles win by a 8-0 score while Natalia Trotter and Leyla Taracena managed a tighter win at No. 2-doubles with an 8-6 victory.

Vasquez continued her dominance in singles by earning a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1-singles followed by a comeback victory from Baca at No. 2-singles with an 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

Taracena closed things out in the match with a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 6-singles as the match was called.

Palm Beach Atlantic 5, Azusa Pacific 1

#1 Singles  #23 Veena Vasquez defeated #39 Emily Harris 6-2, 6-1
#2 Singles  Vicky Baca defeated Danae Ingwaldson 0-6, 6-3, 6-2
#3 Singles  Natalia Trotter versus Brejohn McCrary (Unfinished)
#4 Singles  Vilja Vahatalo versus Samantha Kaneta (Unfinished)
#5 Singles  Jessica Wharton versus Lindsey Yeom (Unfinished)
#6 Singles  Leyla Taracena defeated Kim Koetterheinrich 6-4, 7-5
 
#1 Doubles  Veena Vasquez/Vicky Baca defeated Danae Ingwaldson/Samantha Kaneta 8-0
#2 Doubles  Natalia Trotter/Leyla Taracena defeated Emily Harris/Kim Koetterheinrich 8-6
#3 Doubles  Vilja Vahatalo/Jessica Wharton defeated Brejohn McCrary/Stephanie Quan 8-5

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