SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team nearly posted a Saturday sweep, but instead settled for an 8-1 win over Point Loma to kick off the season with a 2-0 weekend in San Diego. The Cougars swept singles play, winning four of the matches in straight sets, and earned a pair of narrow three-set wins.
Jochem Hoefnagels entered Saturday riding an impressive 22-match winning streak in singles, and didn’t disappoint, defeating Brooks Baldinger 6-1, 6-1 to post his second consecutive win at No. 1 this year. Frederik Wilkens registered a 6-4, 6-4 win over Mikey Zablan at No. 2, while freshman Jan Meyer won his second straight collegiate match with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Jakob Kevelaerts in the third position.
Ben Eger extended his own winning streak to six matches with a defeat of Daniel Milliken (6-2, 6-1) in the 4-slot. Senior Whitman Hough overcame a first-set loss against Kaptan Kaster to log a 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 win at No. 5, and Gary Yam won the first and third sets against Bram Kevelaerts to notch his first win of the season (6-2, 4-6, 11-9).
The Sea Lions (0-1) scored their only point of the day in doubles action when they tabbed an 8-6 win over Yam and Wilkens at No. 2. Hoefnagels and Meyer improved to 2-0 at No. 1 with an 8-3 defeat of Baldinger and Zablan, while Hough and Eger registered an 8-3 victory against Kaster and Milliken at No. 3.
The Cougars, who have now won 18 of their last 19 regular season matches, will return to the courts next weekend in the desert at the Grand Canyon Invitational in Phoenix, Ariz. Azusa Pacific will take on Montana State-Billings and Metro State (Colo.) on Friday, and Western New Mexico and Grand Canyon on Saturday.