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Published
March 10, 2011
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific appears to be hitting its stride, winning its fifth straight match Thursday, an 8-1 victory over Biola.

The Cougars won all 3 doubles matches by a margin of at least 5 sets, including an 8-0 No. 3 doubles victory from their freshman tandem of Alex Dickson and Frederik Wilkens. Junior Daniel Moore entered the singles lineup for the first time this season, and he posted a 6-0, 6-0 win over Biola’s Chris Evans at the No. 6 position.

All 5 of Azusa Pacific’s singles wins came in straight sets, with the lone Cougar defeat coming in 3 sets at No. 2, where freshman Benedikt Eger got off to a quick start with a 6-0 opening-set win. Biola’s David Mossman rallied for a 7-5 win to force a shortened third set, in which he won the super tiebreaker by a 10-6 margin.

Juniors Janosch Apelt and Whitman Hough each won all but 1 set of their singles matches, and Wilkens and Dickson also claimed singles victories for the Cougars. In doubles, Apelt and sophomore Jochem Hoefnagels teamed up for an 8-2 win, giving Azusa Pacific’s top doubles team 8 consecutive wins to start the season.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 6-2 overall, 5-1 in GSAC play, while Biola falls to 3-5 overall, 1-4 GSAC. The Cougars are in the midst of a grueling stretch, and today’s win was the third in as many days, part of a stretch of 5 matches on consecutive days that kicks off an 11-day period of 8 dual matches. Azusa Pacific continues the challenging week by hosting NCAA Div. II Grand Canyon (Ariz.) University Friday afternoon.