AZUSA, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific opened the day with a doubles sweep that featured two matches in which the No. 11 ranked Cougars saved match points against Westmont. Azusa Pacific followed that up with four wins in singles to claim the 7-2 win over the Warriors for its 15th consecutive victory to open the year.
Junior Ben Eger and senior Whitman Hough trailed 7-8, 0-40 in their doubles match before eventually saving four match points to get the 9-8 (3) win. After saving five match points on Wednesday, Azusa Pacific's No. 2 doubles team of Frederick Wilkens and Gary Yam also faced set points before securing the 9-7 victory.
After picking up their second loss of the season at No. 1 doubles, Jan Meyer and Jochem Hoefnagels responded well with an 8-1 win over Tim Gornason and John Bertram. With the win, Azusa Pacific's No. 1 doubles team is now 12-2.
After starting the year with a 14-match win streak, Eger suffered his first loss of the year 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (9). Eger trailed 6-9 in the third set tiebreak and looked like he was going to save match points again. However, Joshua Barnard won the final two points of the match, handing Eger his first loss.
Coming off of a pair of tough losses earlier in the week, Hough rebounded with an impressive 6-1, 6-2 win, pushing his record to 7-6. Hoefnagels, Meyer, and Yam also claimed straight sets wins.
On court two, Wilkens dropped his second match of the year, losing 5-7, 0-6 to 16th ranked (NAIA) Rodrigo Schaefer. Wilkens had an oppurtunity to serve out the first set, but after being broken, lost nine consecutive games.
The win pushes the Cougars win streak to 15 to start the season. The Cougars are in action again next Friday at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex against Amherst (Mass.)