FULLERTON, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 5-ranked Azusa Pacific won 96-of-103 games, securing a 9-0 blanking of Hope International in just 90 minutes Saturday afternoon at Cal State Fullerton.
Four of the singles matches were decided in perfect 6-0, 6-0 fashion, and 2 of the 3 Cougar doubles teams posted 8-0 wins, as well. Leading the way was senior Ronald Chow, who followed an 8-0 No. 2 doubles win with senior Danny Colten with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles to become the fifth different Cougar to win at the top singles position this season.
Sophomore Ilja Ikonnikov registered the first singles point, posting the first 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles, and he was followed by freshman John Wilson’s 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 that delivered the decisive point for the Azusa Pacific team win. Chow was finished third, with junior Jonathan Sosnowski posting the fourth straight perfect straight-set sweep at No. 5.
Sophomore Whitman Hough dropped just 1 game in the second set for the 6-0, 6-1 No. 4 singles win, and Colten closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-4 win at the No. 2 position. Hough and Ikonnikov posted an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles to improve to 4-0 as a doubles tandem this season.
With the victory, Azusa Pacific kept pace with Concordia, which defeated Westmont to maintain its half-game lead over the Cougars for second place in the GSAC standings. Azusa Pacific, now 15-4 overall and 9-3 GSAC, hosts Concordia (15-3 overall, 10-3 GSAC) on Monday, April 19, at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex before wrapping up the GSAC campaign at home against Biola on April 27.