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Published
March 8, 2011
By
Joe Reinsch
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AZUSA, Calif. -- After a tough 4-match stretch on the road that included 3 visits to NAIA Top 10 competition, the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific kicked off its 7-match homestand with a 7-2 win over No. 7-ranked Westmont Tuesday afternoon at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.

The Cougars got off to a strong start with their third consecutive doubles sweep, starting with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles from freshman Benedikt Eger and junior Daniel Moore. Senior Janosch Apelt and sophomore Jochem Hoefnagels remained perfect, improving to 6-0 in doubles together this year with their 8-3 win at the top of the doubles lineup, and juniors Whitman Hough and Ilja Ikonnikov completed the sweep with an 8-5 No. 2 doubles victory.

Ikonnikov pushed Azusa Pacific’s lead to 4-0 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 6 singles, and Eger’s 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles clinched the match victory for the Cougars. Hoefnagels won an opening-set tiebreaker and went on to win his No. 2 doubles match against Bryan Cox in straight sets, and freshman Frederik Wilkens earned a 7-5, 7-5 win at No. 5 to close out the match.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 4-2 overall, 4-1 GSAC, while Westmont falls to 2-4 overall, 1-3 GSAC.