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Janosch Apelt and Jochem Hoefnagels have combined to be one of the strongest teams in the NAIA, putting together a 17-2 record in doubles.

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Published
May 8, 2012
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Golden State Athletic Conference announced its 2012 all-Conference team, and after a 19-2 regular season the NAIA’s 4th ranked Azusa Pacific had two players honored. Janosch Apelt was named to the all-GSAC team for the fourth straight year while Jochem Hoefnagels made his second consecutive appearance on the list.

Apelt has played No. 1 for Azusa Pacific all year, putting together a 14-5 season despite playing through injury. Hoefnagels has been equally impressive, posting an undefeated regular season (21-0) playing the majority of the season in the 2nd position while filling in occasionally at No. 1. The two are also doubles partners with a 17-2 record as winners of 13 straight.

“I think they’re the best team in the nation. I thought they led the team right off the bat with such good doubles play,” said head coach Mark Bohren about his all-conference tandem.

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Janosch Apelt: ITA Ranking- No. 4; No. 1 Singles Record 14-5; No. 1 Doubles Record 17-2

Apelt has been one of the best players to come through the storied Azusa Pacific men’s tennis program, and the Frankfurt, Germany native is ending his career on a high note, having won nine straight singles matches against some of the toughest competition in the NAIA. The senior has posted wins over 3rd ranked Xavier Smith (Fresno Pacific), 5th ranked Bryan Cox (Westmont) and has five other wins over top-20 opponents.

“Janosch to me is the most talented player, in not only the NAIA, but in college tennis. He’s remarkable. In any given day he can beat anybody. He competes super hard, is not only good at singles but in doubles also,” said Bohren.

Jochem Hoefnagels: ITA Ranking- 18; Singles Record 21-0; No. 1 Doubles Record 18-2

Not since Sam Fletcher put together a 28-1 season in 2005 has a Cougar strung wins together like Hoefnagels has. The junior from Asten, Netherlands has yet to drop a match, and is currently riding a 24-match winning streak dating back to last season. To make his mark even more impressive is that eight of his 21 wins have been against opponents ranked in the ITA top-40.

“It’s so hard to go undefeated, especially in our league where everyone’s so competitive and tough. Let’s hope he can continue that at nationals,” said Bohren.