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February 10, 2014
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Chris Baker
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AZUSA, Calif.-- After opening the season with a trio of 5-4 wins, the No. 12 ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team enjoyed a nice change up with a 9-0 sweep of Concordia on Monday. The Cougars didn’t drop a set, and in their lone squeaker, pulled out an impressive 9-8 (7-4) win at No. 3 doubles to post their 27th straight regular season win.

In the narrow doubles victory Alan Leahy and Gary Yam fought off a 7-6 deficit before posting a 7-4 breaker win to give Azusa Pacific (4-0) a 3-0 lead headed into singles play. The Cougars also got a doubles wins from Jan Meyer and Pascal Engel at No. 1 against the 17th ranked (NAIA) team of Chris Wickenhauser and Jan Guler, while Frederik Wilkens and Tomas Aranguiz netted an 8-4 defeat of 25th ranked Kai Kope and Severin Deimand.

In singles Wilkens gave Azusa Pacific a 4-0 advantage with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Guler, and Leahy clinched the team’s fourth win of the season with a 6-1, 6-2 victory against Kope. No. 7 ranked Meyer posted a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 against 20th ranked Wickenhauser, and the Cougars closed with wins from Engel, Aranguiz, and Yam to register their first sweep of the season.

Azusa Pacific, which logged 11 sweeps during its NCCAA national championship season a year ago, will return to play this weekend in Glendale, Ariz., where it’ll face Western New Mexico and Sonoma State.