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February 18, 2008
Joe Reinsch

GLENDORA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific narrowly avoided being swept in doubles, but NCAA Division I Brigham Young (Utah) won 5 singles matches in straight sets to send the defending NAIA runner-up Cougars to their first defeat of the season, 7-2, Monday afternoon at Citrus College.

At No. 3 doubles, sophomore Ronald Chow and freshman Daniel Moore rallied from a 4-2 deficit for 6 of the game’s final 8 points to post a 9-8 win over BYU’s Evan Urbina and Tom Young.

The Cougars were unable to transfer momentum from the doubles point into singles play, where Azusa Pacific needed to win 4 of the 6 matches for the team win. Instead, BYU’s numbers 4 through 6 singles players won in relatively easy straight sets to clinch the team win. Cassidy Mears hung on for a 6-2, 7-5 win over sophomore Mathias Weber at No. 3 singles, and junior Patrick Kur rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the second set to nearly send No. 2 singles to a third set. Kur won 4 straight games to even the set at 5-5 before Thomas Shubert recovered for the 7-5, 7-5 win.

Sophomore Matthijs Bolsius earned Azusa Pacific’s lone singles point at No. 1 singles, knocking off Jonathan Sanchez in 3 sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

With the defeat, Azusa Pacific drops to 6-1 overall, while BYU improves to 5-2. Azusa Pacific puts its 53-match conference winning streak on the line Friday afternoon when the Cougars visit GSAC rival Biola at 2:30 p.m. A victory would give Azusa Pacific sole possession of the GSAC’s all-sports record for longest conference winning streak.

Brigham Young 7, Azusa Pacific 2

1. Matthijs Bolsius (APU) def. Jonathan Sanchez (BYU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
2. Thomas Shubert (BYU) def. Patrick Kur (APU), 7-5, 7-5
3. Cassidy Mears (BYU) def. Mathias Weber (APU), 6-2, 7-5
4. Evan Urbina (BYU) def. Art Fatkhiev (APU), 6-2, 6-1
5. Daniel Hwang (BYU) def. Ronald Chow (APU), 6-2, 6-1
6. Tom Young (BYU) def. Daniel Moore (APU), 6-1, 6-4

1. Mears/Sanchez (BYU) def. Bolsius/Kur (APU), 8-3
2. Hwang/Shubert (BYU) def. Fatkhiev/Weber (APU), 8-4
3. Chow/Moore (APU) def. Urbina/T. Young (BYU), 9-8 (8-6)