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Published
February 16, 2007
By
Joe Reinsch

GLENDORA, Calif. -- After 2 straight shutouts, the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific scored an impressive 6-3 victory over its third straight NCAA Div. III opponent, handing No. 3-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps its first defeat of 2007 Friday afternoon at Citrus College.

The Cougars got off to a slow start, splitting at No. 2 and 3 doubles, and the No. 1 doubles tandem of Patrick Kur and Mathias Weber trailed 7-2 and were serving match point to NCAA Div. III’s top-ranked doubles team of William Ellison and David Oehm. However, Kur and Weber came all the way back to win the match 9-8, giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead heading into the singles matches.

Weber and Kur each cruised to wins at No. 3 and No. 2 singles, respectively, and freshman Ronald Chow and junior Art Fatkhiev closed out the win at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. All 4 Cougar singles winners won in straight sets, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps won each of the singles matches that went to a third set. Fatkhiev is now 5-0 in singles matches this season, while senior David Goodman’s 7-6, 4-6, 6-3 defeat to Lawrence Wang at No. 1 singles was his first singles setback of the 2007 campaign.

It was the second match of the day for the Stags, who soundly defeated SCIAC foe Caltech 9-0 earlier in the afternoon, although nobody played in both matches.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 5-1 on the season, while Claremont-Mudd-Scripps drops to 4-1. The 5-time defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion Cougars kick off their conference title defense Saturday when they visit California Baptist, followed by a Monday visit to 2006 GSAC runner-up Fresno Pacific.

Singles

#1 – Lawrence Wang (CMS) def. David Goodman (APU), 7-6, 4-6, 6-3

#2 – Patrick Kur (APU) def. William Ellison (CMS), 6-0, 6-3

#3 – Mathias Weber (APU) def. Eric Chow (CMS), 6-2, 6-4

#4 – Mikey Lim (CMS) def. Matthijs Bolsius (APU), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4

#5 – Ronald Chow (APU) def. Jack DePaolo (CMS), 6-4, 6-0

#6 – Art Fatkhiev (APU) def. Evan Feldhausen (CMS), 6-1, 7-6

Doubles

#1 – Kur/Weber (APU) def. Ellison/Oehm (CMS), 9-8

#2 – Schils/Wang (CMS) def. Goodman/Bolsius (APU), 8-4

#3 – Dabbs/Chow (APU) def. DePaolo/Feldhausen (CMS), 8-5