AZUSA, Calif.-- It’s not supposed to look this easy, especially against the No. 6 team in the NAIA. But No. 4 Azusa Pacific continued to flex its muscle, defeating Vanguard 8-1 with a dominating performance in singles play to improve to 9-0 at home this year.
The Cougars (15-1; 8-1) dropped one contest in doubles before winning all six singles matches in straight sets to post their second win over the Lions in 2012.
At No. 1 Janosch Apelt battled through pain to post a 6-4, 6-2 win over Lucas Pereira for his fifth straight victory to move to 10-5 this season. Jochem Hoefnagels extended his winning streak to 16 matches with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Roger Muri at No. 2, while Ben Eger sustained his strong play by beating Robin Wagner 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 for his eighth win in a row.
Frederik Wilkens had no trouble in a 6-0, 6-3 victory against Yaho Kryvaruchka at No. 3, and Gary Yam registered a 6-2, 6-2 win over Lukas Larsson on court six. Ilja Ikonnikov bested Radek Rosiak 6-0, 6-3 in the 5th spot for his eighth win in his last 10 matches.
In doubles Apelt and Hoefnagels defeated Muri and Pereira 8-4, while Yam and Wilkens recorded an 8-4 result over Krybaruchka and Rosiak at No. 2. The lone loss for Azusa Pacific came when Eger and Ikonnikov fell to Wagner and Larsson 8-5 at No. 3.
On Monday the Cougars face No. 8 Concordia at 11:30 a.m. at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex. The two faced off way back on Feb. 20 with Azusa Pacific coming away with a 6-3 win.