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Hawai'i 9-0

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Frederik Wilkens improved to 10-1 with a singles win on Monday.

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Published
March 4, 2013
By
Chris Baker
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AZUSA, Calif.-- The No. 11 ranked (NCAA Division II) Cougar men’s tennis team didn’t drop a set and posted its fifth 9-0 victory of the year, defeating Hawai’i Hilo on Monday afternoon. Azusa Pacific improved to 11-0 with the win.

The Cougars ran out to a 3-0 lead after doubles before securing the win on Jan Meyer’s 6-3, 6-0 defeat of Spencer Travalino. The 20th ranked freshman elevated his record 10-0 on the year, all at No. 3 singles. Ben Eger also kept his perfect mark intact, lifting his record to 11-0 with a double-bagel victory over Michael Davis to kick off singles play.

Jochem Hoefnagels posted his second straight win with a 6-0, 6-4 defeat of Tom Greer-Smith at No. 1, while Frederik Wilkens grabbed his 10th singles win of the season with a 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 2. Whitman Hough had no trouble at No. 5, recording a 6-2, 6-0 win against Prycen Haas before Gary Yam closed the match with a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6.

In doubles Hoefnagels and Meyer went up 1-0, but fell behind a break before cruising to an 8-4 win at No. 1. It was the duo’s sixth straight win, moving them to 9-1 on the year. Hough and Eger were quick in an 8-1 rout of Caden Yamamoto and Makoa Rosa, while Yam and Wilkens tabbed an 8-4 win over Travalino and Davis.

The Cougars will return to action on Saturday morning when they have a rematch against No. 13 Grand Canyon (Ariz.) at 9 a.m. Azusa Pacific won the first meeting 5-2 at the Grand Canyon Tournament on Feb. 9.