AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team had little trouble in its season opener, winning five-of-six in singles play en route to a 7-2 victory over the NCAA Division II’s 21 ranked UC San Diego on Friday. The Cougars won the top-5 singles matches as Jochem Hoefnagels tabbed his 22nd consecutive regular season win, registering a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Camill Salomon in the No. 1 spot.
“The guys played really well in singles, winning five of six and showing a lot of depth. Of course it’s great to come out and win the opener, but we have to get back out there tomorrow and comepete. I’m really pleased with their effort, and excited to see what the rest of the season holds,” said head coach Mark Bohren.
Azusa Pacific went 2-1 in doubles play, with Hoefnagels and Jan Meyer posting an 8-3 defeat of Salomon and Devon Sousa to kick things off. Ben Eger and Whitman Hough teamed up for an 8-4 win in the 3-spot, beating Horea Porutiu and Teddy Truong. Frederik Wilkens and Gary Yam fell 8-4 to Max Jiganti and Kona Luu at No. 2.
Hoefnagels opened singles play with a win before Wilkens recorded a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Jiganti at No. 2. Meyer won his first collegiate match, beating Rajeev Herekar 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) in the third position. Eger started his junior season like he ended his freshman one, registering a 7-5, 6-3 win against Ganesh Alagappan at No. 4, while Hough returned to play with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory against Luu at No. 5. Yam dropped Azusa Pacific’s only singles decision, falling in three sets to Truong (6-3, 1-6, 10-5).
The Cougars will play again on Saturday, when they travel for a road contest against Point Loma. The match is slated to start at 10 a.m.