FRESNO, Calif. -- Some people fold under pressure. Others thrive on it. Just 7 matches into the 2007 season, it is obvious which category freshman Mathias Weber falls under. For the second time in 4 days, Weber faced match point, only to come back and earn valuable points in hard-fought wins over top-ranked competition.
On Friday, Weber and doubles partner Patrick Kur trailed 7-2 and were serving match point to the top-ranked NCAA Div. III doubles tandem from No. 3-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Weber and Kur battled all the way back to earn the doubles win in a 6-3 win over the Stags.
Rougly 72 hours later, Weber was on his own, facing match point again against Fresno Pacific’s Marco Foelz, who had won the first set 6-3 and led 5-4 in the second set. However, this time the outcome of the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Cougars’ clash with the No. 6-ranked Sunbirds was hanging in the balance. Fresno Pacific had won 2 of the 3 doubles matches, and Kur and freshmen Matthijs Bolsius and Ronald Chow had won in singles to tie the match at 4-4 with only Weber and Foelz left on the court to decide the match winner.
Down 40-15, Weber came back to win 3 straight games for the 7-5 second-set win, then finished off the match with a 6-2 third set for the individual and team victory, which gives Azusa Pacific a nice boost towards an unprecedented sixth straight GSAC title.
Senior David Goodman teamed with Bolsius for the Cougars’ lone doubles win, knocking off Foelz and Victor Medina at No. 2 doubles, 8-4. Bolsius and Chow each needed 3 sets for their singles victories, while Kur was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 7-1 on the season and is off to a 2-0 start to the 8-match conference campaign. Fresno Pacific drops to 2-1 overall, 1-1 in GSAC play. The Cougars return home to host 2 more conference matches, taking on Westmont on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 9 a.m. and Hope International on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Cougars’ home courts at nearby Citrus College in Glendora.
#1 – Matt Carroll (FPU) def. David Goodman (APU), 7-5, 6-3
#2 – Patrick Kur (APU) def. Anthony Zafiris (FPU), 6-1, 6-0
#3 – Mathias Weber (APU) def. Marco Foelz (FPU), 3-6, 7-5, 6-2
#4 – Matthijs Bolsius (APU) def. Roberto Bianco (FPU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#5 – Ronald Chow (APU) def. Louis Taylor (FPU), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
#6 – Victor Medina (FPU) def. Art Fatkhiev (APU), 7-6, 6-1
#1 – Carroll/Zafiris (FPU) def. Kur/Weber (APU), 8-4
#2 – Goodman/Bolsius (APU) def. Foelz/Medina (FPU), 8-4
#3 – Taylor/Bianco (FPU) def. Dabbs/Chow (APU), 8-3