AZUSA, Calif. --With its second straight win by a 9-0 margin, the NAIA’s No. 4-ranked Azusa Pacific ran its overall winning streak to eight with Friday’s win over No. 19-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho).
The Warriors were the sixth Top 25-ranked team the Cougars have beaten during the current eight-match streak, which puts Azusa Pacific at 11-1 overall heading into Monday’s GSAC matchup with Hope International, an opponent the Cougars have beaten by 9-0 scores the last five meetings.
The Cougars were powered Friday by the top of the lineup, where senior Janosch Apelt claimed a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 1 singles over Anders Tischer after he and Jochem Hoefnagels partnered for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
Every singles match was decided in straight sets, and Hoefnagels had the closest margin in a set in the opener of his 6-3, 6-0 win over Ivan Krijanto. With the win, Hoefnagels improved to 12-0 in singles play to go with his team-high 10 doubles victories so far this year.
Other winners in singles play were Freddy Wilkens at No. 3 (6-2, 6-0), Ben Eger at No. 4 (6-1, 6-1), Ilja Ikonnikovat No. 5 (6-1, 6-1), and Gary Yam at No. 6 (6-2, 6-1). In doubles, Wilkens and Yam claimed an 8-6 win at No. 2 in the closest match of the day, while Eger and Ikonnikov registered an 8-3 win at No. 3 doubles.