SAN DIEGO, Calif.-- For the second straight time, the Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team rallied for a narrow 5-4 win, this time defeating Point Loma in San Diego on Friday evening thanks to a familiar recipe.
After the Sea Lions went ahead 2-1 in doubles, the Cougars responded with four singles win, getting the clinching victory from Gary Yam at No. 4 to improve their record to 2-0 on the season. Yam, who’s made a name for himself as Azusa Pacific’s closer over the past two seasons, lived up to his ‘Yam-time’ moniker. Despite dropping the first set 6-3, the junior rattled off consecutive 6-3 wins to seal a three-set victory over Kaptan Kaster, and give the Cougars their 26th consecutive regular season win .
The other three Azusa Pacific wins came from Pascal Engel, Jan Meyer, and Tomas Aranguiz. At No. 2 Meyer registered a come from behind win to keep the Cougars alive, defeating Michael Zablan 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. Engel tabbed a 6-4, 6-0 sweep of Daniel Milliken at No. 5, while Aranguiz rolled in a 6-0, 6-1 win against Kevin McKelligan at No. 5.
Point Loma’s two singles wins came at No. 1 and No. 3, with Martin Blaho defeating Frederik Wilkens 1-6, 6-3, 6-3, and Brooks Baldinger beating Alan Leahy 6-3, 6-4.
In doubles play Point Loma took a 2-1 lead. Yam and Leahy notched Azusa Pacific’s lone doubles win with a swift 8-0 win at No. 3 over Milliken and McKelligan. The Sea Lions, however, evened the score at 1-1 with an 8-2 win over Meyer and Engel at No. 1, before Wilkens and Aranguiz suffered an 8-5 loss at No. 2.
The Cougars will continue play tomorrow at UC San Diego before returning home for a tilt against former Golden State Athletic Conference rival Concordia on Monday.