RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- For the third time in 4 matches, the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team won every singles and doubles match, this time shutting out No. 21-ranked California Baptist in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday afternoon in Riverside.
For the second straight match, sophomore Patrick Kur surrendered just 3 total games at No. 2 singles, this time knocking off Vitaly Polezhaev 6-3, 6-0, while freshman Ronald Chow gave up just a game for the second straight day at No. 5 singles, collecting a 6-1, 6-0 win over Travis Aballi.
Senior David Goodman bounced back from defeats in both singles and doubles in yesterday’s 6-3 win over NCAA Div. III’s No. 3-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, teaming with freshman Matthijs Bolsius at No. 2 doubles for an 8-3 win, then knocking off Alessaudro Ventre in straight sets at No. 1 singles, 7-6, 6-3.
Junior Art Fatkhiev remained unbeaten in singles play this season, collecting his sixth singles win by defeating Jaco Gerbrands at the No. 6 spot, 6-4, 6-2, while Chow and freshman Robby Dabbs posted their fourth doubles win in as many tries with an 8-3 victory at No. 3 doubles.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 6-1 on the season and begins its pursuit of an unprecedented sixth straight GSAC title with a 1-0 start to conference play. California Baptist drops to 1-4 overall, 0-1 in GSAC play. The Cougars hit the road again as they continue GSAC play Monday afternoon with a visit to No. 6-ranked Fresno Pacific.
#1 – David Goodman (APU) def. Alessaudro Ventre, 7-6, 6-3
#2 – Patrick Kur (APU) def. Vitaly Polezhaev (CBU), 6-3, 6-0
#3 – Mathias Weber (APU) def. Karlis Miljons (CBU), 6-4, 2-6 (10-6)
#4 – Matthijs Bolsius (APU) def. Moti Eisikovits (CBU), 6-7, 6-2 (10-7)
#5 – Ronald Chow (APU) def. Travis Aballi (CBU), 6-1, 6-0
#6 – Art Fatkhiev (APU) def. Jaco Gerbrands (CBU), 6-4, 6-2
#1 – Kur/Weber (APU) def. Miljons/Eisikovits (CBU), 8-2
#2 – Goodman/Bolsius (APU) def. Gerbrands/Aballi (CBU), 8-3
#3 – Dabbs/Chow (APU) def. Melendez/Ackerman (CBU), 8-3