AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific’s seventh consecutive victory came with unexpected ease, as the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Cougars won all but five games in Wednesday’s 9-0 win over Colorado Mesa at the Citrus College tennis courts.
The Cougars notched 8-0 wins at No. 2 and 3 doubles, and the top doubles tandem of Janosch Apelt and Jochem Hoefnagels had match point with a 7-0 lead but ended up giving away a game to finish with the 8-1 victory.
Apelt, who is still recovering from illness, was scratched from the singles lineup following doubles play, and Hoefnagels took over in the top singles position by recording one of Azusa Pacific’s four 6-0, 6-0 wins. The first came from Ben Eger at No. 3, with Hoefnagels providing the Cougars with the match-clinching win.
Freddy Wilkens posted a 6-0, 6-0 win in his first-ever appearance at the No. 2 singles position, and Ilja Ikonnikov also didn’t give up a game in his No. 4 singles victory. The Cougars closed out the match with 6-0, 6-2 wins out of the No. 5 and 6 singles matches, with Yam posting the win at No. 5 while true freshman Ricky Sanchez picked up his first collegiate win at No. 6.
With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 10-1 on the year heading into Friday’s matchup at home against NAIA No. 19-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho). Colorado Mesa fell to 2-9.
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