AZUSA, Calif.-- It’s been a tough week for Grand Canyon (Ariz.) in Azusa. First, the Cougar basketball teams swept the nationally ranked Antelopes in a basketball doubleheader to close the regular season, and then the ‘Lopes were eliminated in their first games of the PacWest Tournament in the Felix Event Center on Friday night. The Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team compounded the pain on Saturday, overcoming a 2-1 deficit to post a 6-3 victory over 13th ranked (NCAA Division II) Grand Canyon.
The 11th rated Cougars won the first match of the day at No. 1 doubles, and rattled off four straight singles victories to come out with their second win over the Antelopes this season and improve to 12-0. Jochem Hoefnagels highlighted the effort, teaming with Jan Meyer for a dominating 8-1 doubles win over Arjun Bal and Ahmad Saleem.
The 6th ranked junior then, sporting the Cougars’ Throwback Orange uniforms, impressed in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Felix Schueller at No. 1. Hoefnagels also provided the highlight of the day when he returned a Schueller forehand with a between the legs shot in a lengthy rally on set-point to go ahead 1-0. He cruised in set two, tying the match at 2-2.
Ben Eger, who has typically been the Cougars first finisher in singles, took a back seat to Hoefnagels, putting Azusa Pacific up 3-2 with a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Bal at No. 4. Eger improved to 12-0 this year. Meyer kept his perfect season alive, and gave the Cougars a 4-2 edge, beating Saleem 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, before Frederik Wilkens clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Yann Kaelin.
Whitman Hough fell on court-five, losing to Alexander Roggenkamp 6-2, 6-4, before Gary Yam took his rightful spot as the closer with a 6-3, 6-4 win to end the day. Azusa Pacific will return to action on Monday when it hosts Kenyon (Ohio) at 1:30 p.m.