GLENDORA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific scrambled to secure a home court when its regular home court at Citrus College was already hosting a tournament, and the Cougars’ 23-match home win streak came to an end in a 7-2 loss to NCAA Div. I New Mexico State Saturday afternoon at Goddard Middle School.
Azusa Pacific salvaged 1 of the 3 doubles points with an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles from Art Fatkhiev and Mathias Weber, but Ronald Chow was the Cougars’ lone singles winner, taking a 3-set battle at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6.
The Cougars were without the services of regular No. 2 singles player Patrick Kur, who has also combined with Weber for a 12-3 record in doubles play. Weber and Matthijs Bolsius dropped straight-sets singles matches at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively, with the move to the higher slot, and David Goodman and Robby Dabbs each took their singles to a third set.
With the loss, Azusa Pacific drops to 22-3 overall, although the Cougars have clinched their GSAC-record sixth straight conference crown. New Mexico State improves to 9-10 with the win. Azusa Pacific wraps up the regular season with its final dual competition when it hosts Cal Poly Pomona at Citrus College at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20.
#1 – Gustave Diep (NMSU) def. David Goodman (APU), 3-6, 6-0, 7-5
#2 – Stjepan Beg (NMSU) def. Mathias Weber (APU), 7-6, 6-0
#3 – Roman Stoisavljevic (NMSU) def. Matthijs Bolsius (APU), 6-2, 6-2
#4 – Ronald Chow (APU) def. Brice Magnanou (NMSU), 6-3, 4-6, 7-6
#5 – Alejandro de Mucha (NMSU) def. Art Fatkhiev (APU), 6-4, 6-2
#6 – Eduardo Salas (NMSU) def. Robby Dabbs (APU), 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
#1 – Stjepan Beg/Brice Magnanou (NMSU) def. David Goodman/Matthijs Bolsius (APU), 8-4
#2 – Roman Stoisavljevic/Eduardo Salas (NMSU) def. Ronald Chow/Robby Dabbs (APU), 8-2
#3 – Art Fatkhiev/Mathias Weber (APU) def. Gustave Diep/ Alejandro de Mucha (NMSU), 8-6