AZUSA, Calif.--The Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team’s run at a perfect regular season continued on Saturday with a 6-3 win over BYU-Hawaii to improve the Cougars to an unblemished 20-0 with one match remaining on the docket. The Cougars (ranked No. 11 in NCAA Division II), however, didn’t make it easy as the Seasiders (10-6) had a chance to upend Azusa Pacific with two matches remaining on the day.
The Cougars took two of three in doubles, and won the first two singles matches to go ahead 4-1. But BYU-Hawaii stormed back with consecutive wins at No. 2 and No. 5 to put pressure on Jochem Hoefnagels and Gary Yam to close things out with a win. Both obliged, first when Yam beat Dai Peng 7-5, 6-4 at No. 6 to clinch the victory, before 11th ranked Hoefnagels logged a three-set win (6-2, 6-7 [7-5], 10-6) over 37th ranked Yevhen Zakharov at No. 1.
Jan Meyer won his 19th straight match, beating Wei-Feng Lee 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3, while Ben Eger posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory against Isaac Hadley at No. 4. Whitman Hough lost his second straight tough match, falling to Hua Kun Xing 7-5, 6-4, and Frederik Wilkens lost 7-5, 6-4 to Martin Chojnacki at No. 2.
In doubles Wilkens and Hough sprinted to an 8-1 defeat of Peng and Lee, while Eger and Yam recorded an 8-6 win over Xing and Hadley. Hoefnagels and Meyer lost to Chojnacki and Zakharov at No.1.
The Cougars have just one more regular season match left, a 1:30 p.m. match with Biola on Monday afternoon. Azusa Pacific, which is ranked No. 2 in the West Region and No. 1 in the NCCAA, will then compete in the PacWest tournament on April 18-20 before trekking to Mobile, Ala. for the NCCAA national championships on May 7-10.