GLENDORA, Calif. -- The 8-match Golden State Athletic Conference men’s tennis schedule has reached its midpoint, and the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific posted an 8-1 victory over Hope International Tuesday afternoon at Citrus College to extend the Cougars’ conference winning streak to 48 straight matches.
With Hope International defaulting at No. 3 doubles and No. 5 and 6 singles, the Cougars wrapped up the match with a pair of doubles wins before singles play even began. Senior David Goodman and freshman Matthijs Bolsius picked up an 8-4 win at No. 1 doubles, and the freshman tandem of Ronald Chow and Robby Dabbs earned an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
Goodman, Chow and Dabbs each won their respective singles matches in straight sets, combining to win 36 of 42 combined games.
With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 9-1 on the season and is off to a 4-0 start to the 8-match conference campaign as the Cougars pursue an unprecedented sixth consecutive GSAC title. Hope International drops to 3-4 overall, 0-4 in GSAC play. The Cougars visit Concordia on Saturday, March 3 at 1 p.m. in Irvine before a 2-week break from conference play. During the time off from the GSAC schedule, Azusa Pacific meets up with 4 non-conference opponents, beginning on the road with Cal Poly Pomona March 5.
#1 – David Goodman (APU) def. Felix Haufe (HIU), 6-3, 6-0
#2 – Rajko Mladenovic (HIU) def. Matthijs Bolsius (APU), 4-6, 6-1 (10-8)
#3 – Ronald Chow (APU) def. Ignacio Guerrero (HIU), 6-2, 6-0
#4 – Robby Dabbs (APU) def. Joey Nedelisky (HIU), 6-0, 6-1
#5 – Hope International defaulted
#6 – Hope International defaulted
#1 – Goodman/Bolsius (APU) def. Mladenovic/Guerrero (HIU), 8-4
#2 – Chow/Dabbs (APU) def. Nedelisky/Haufe (HIU), 8-1
#3 – Hope International defaulted