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Tomas Aranguiz improved to 4-2 with his third straight singles win on Saturday in Glendale, Ariz.

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February 15, 2014
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Chris Baker
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GLENDALE, Ariz.-- With a showdown against longtime rival and 13th ranked Fresno Pacific on the horizon, the No. 12 ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team showed no signs of looking ahead, notching its third straight sweep with a 9-0 victory against Western New Mexico on Saturday. The Cougars, who ran their regular winning streak to 29 matches, will face Fresno Pacific in a rematch of the 2013 NCCAA national championship bout on Monday, looking for an unprecedented 30th consecutive regular season victory.

In the victory No. 7 ranked Jan Meyer pushed his impressive regular season record to 26-0, defeating Rodrigo Almeida 6-0, 7-6 at No. 1, while Frederik Wilkens tabbed his fourth consecutive win with a 6-3, 6-1 rout of Alvaro Nunez at No. 2.

The entire Cougar lineup has registered at least three consecutive victories, with spots 3-6 each improving to 4-2 in singles play on Saturday. Tomas Aranguiz beat Sascha Brechtel 6-3, 6-3 at No. 6, and Pascal Engel registered a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Francisco Damasio at No. 5. At No. 4 Gary Yam defeated JeanLaurent Pageault 6-3, 6-2, while Alan Leahy notched a 6-0, 7-5 victory against Juan Pablo Fuentes at No. 3.

In Doubles play the team of Yam and Leahy bageled Omar Lopez and Pageault 8-0 in the third spot, and Wilkens/Aranguiz beat Nunez and Damasio 8-4 at No. 2. Meyer and Engel posted their fourth consecutive singles win with an 8-3 victory at No. 1.

On Monday Azusa Pacific will travel to Fresno for its third straight road match against a Sunbird team it faced four times in 2013. In last year’s meeting in Fresno, Azusa Pacific snapped a 12-match losing streak to FPU with a 5-4 win in a season it won three of the four matches in the series, including a 5-3 victory in the NCCAA final in Mobile, Ala.