LA MIRADA, Calif.-- Azusa Pacific won its 6th straight match, defeating Biola 6-3 on the road to improve to 8-1 this season. The Cougars, ranked 4th in the NAIA swept doubles play before splitting singles to clinch the win on Frederik WIlkens’ 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Brent Worthington at No. 3.
Azusa Pacific was led by another impressive performance from Jochem Hoefnagels as the junior pushed his team-best record to 9-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over David Mossman in No. 2 singles just after Wilkens sealed the Cougars victory.
Ben Eger made quick work of Thomas Coibion at the 4th spot with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep, and took a dramatic 9-8 (7-1) win in No. 3 doubles; teaming up with Ilja Ikonnikov for the first time this season.
Gary Yam recovered from last night’s marathon and paired up with Wilkens to give Azusa Pacific an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles. Hoefnagels and Apelt improved to 6-2 as a duo after putting together a decisive 8-1 defeat of Weston Leopold and Brent Worhtington at No. 1; pushing Hoefnagels' combined record to 16-2 this year.
In singles Apelt tried to battle through an injury at No. 1, but eventually retired (3-1) to give the Eagles their first win of the day. Biola got is second victory after Zach McMahon fell in three sets (5-7, 6-3, 10-4) to Anthony Sena in the 6th spot. Then, in the final match of the morning Ricky Sanchez lost by an almost identical margin, giving way to Isaiah Pekary 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 in No. 5 singles.
With the win the Cougars move to 5-1 in GSAC play with the lone loss coming to Fresno Pacific on the road last month. Next week Azusa Pacific hosts three non-conference opponents. The Cougars play Washington (Mo.) on Monday, Mesa State (Colo.) on Wednesday, and Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) on Friday. All matches are scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.