Cal State LA tennis falls to Azusa Pacific

George Garcia

Denae Ayala, Staff Reporter

The Golden Eagles’ competitiveness didn’t match the Cougars’ intensity on Wednesday, resulting in a 5-2 loss. 

For head coach Richard Gallien, the loss wasn’t something to dwell on. Instead, he was proud of his players for not bowing down to the 3-1 Cougars.

Gallien was proud of his players’ performance, especially compared to last week’s match against Pomona-Pitzer, where his squad lost the doubles point and the first three singles he said, “They played a thousand times better” this time.

Although the Golden Eagles lost the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to lose the doubles point, Noa Davico and Berta Acero walked away with singles wins.

 Davico defeated Anna Savchenko 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 singles, while Acero won a second-set tiebreaker at No. 5 singles, defeating Katia Betancourt 6-1,7-6.

The win helped Davico find her confidence again after struggling in some of her previous outings. “Thanks to the girls and my coach, for staying behind me and pushing me,” she said.

Amanda Schneider fell to Azusa Pacific’s Petra Ivankovic, 6-3, 6-2. Chelsey Ruiz lost the No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-1 to Jacky Wagner and Sakura Kurokawa fell 6-1, 6-4 to April Wong.

During the match between Ruiz and Wagner, a miscommunication on the score led to a disagreement between the two players.

Ruiz explained how Wagner was not being very clear with the points: “She kept saying one thing and then another, and the umpire was catching her in that.”

Eventually, they both came to terms in order to keep the match going, but Wagner received a point deduction for calling Ruiz a liar.

Cal State LA’s tennis team will return to action Tuesday against Biola in La Mirada at 2 p.m.