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Published
March 4, 2010
By
Justin Raftery
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FRESNO, Calif. -- The NAIA’s top-ranked Fresno Pacific handed No. 5 Azusa Pacific its first Golden State Athletic Conference defeat of the 2010 campaign, knocking off the Cougars, 6-3, Thursday afternoon at the Harold & Betty Haak Tennis Complex.

Sophomore Janosch Apelt was the only Cougar in the singles lineup to win the opening set, and he posted Azusa Pacific’s only singles point with a 3-set win (6-4, 5-7, 6-4) over Alex Gonzalez at the No. 2 position. Apelt’s clash with Gonzalez was a rematch of the decisive point in last year’s NAIA quarterfinal match when Gonzalez won in straight sets to end the Cougars’ season and help launch Fresno Pacific to the 2009 NAIA title, its first national championship in program history.

Apelt also added a No. 2 doubles victory with senior Mathias Weber, and senior Ronald Chow had the only other singles match that went to a third set, dropping a 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 decision at No. 6.

Fresno Pacific won the first 5 singles matches that finished, closing out 4 in straight sets. Azusa Pacific held its own in doubles, winning at the No. 2 and 3 positions for the final 6-3 team score.

The loss drops Azusa Pacific to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in GSAC play. Fresno Pacific improves to a perfect 7-0 overall, 4-0 GSAC.