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Upset Highlights Perfect Weekend

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Freddy Wilkens helped the Cougars to a perfect weekend, elevating Azusa Pacific to 6-0 this season.

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Published
February 9, 2013
By
Jared Pine
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PHOENIX, Ariz.-- The Azusa Pacific men's tennis team won two matches on Saturday, ending the road trip to Phoenix with four consecutive wins. The Cougars upset No. 10-ranked (NCAA Division II) Grand Canyon 6-3 after defeating Western New Mexico 6-2. The win over the 'Lopes was the Cougars' second win over a Pacific West Conference opponent this year, and established Azusa Pacific as one of the top Division II teams in the nation with a 6-0 record and two wins over ranked opponents.

Azusa Pacific won four of the five singles matches with all wins being straight-set victories against GCU, with none of the Cougars’ top four players losing more than five games in a match. Senior Jochem Hoefnagels and freshman Jan Meyer, who are the No. 25 team in the nation, got the only doubles win for the Cougars by a score of 8-1.

Against Western New Mexico, the Cougars also won all of the top four singles matches in straight sets. Frederik Wilkens and Gary Yam won their doubles match 8-3, while Whitman Hough and Ben Eger won 8-5, giving the Cougars wins in two of the three doubles matches.

Hoefnagels won both of his singles matches, 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, giving him 27 consecutive singles wins dating back to 2012. No. 31 ranked Wilkens won both of his singles matches by similar scores, 6-2, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-0.

Meyer and Eger also won both of their singles matches without dropping a set. Eger, Hoefnagels, and Wilkens are all 6-0 on the season now, while Meyer is 5-0 and Hough is 4-2.

Azusa Pacific has now equaled its best record to start the season since 2008, when the Cougars started the season 6-0 before losing to Brigham Young. The Cougars will look to add to their winning streak when they play the Concordia Eagles in their first home game of the year on Monday at 11 a.m.