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Sundbirds Snap The Streak

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February 17, 2014
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FRESNO, Calif.-- In a rematch of the 2013 National Christian College Athletics Association title bout, No. 13 ranked Fresno Pacific snapped No. 12 Azusa Pacific’s 29-match regular season winning streak with a 6-3 defeat of the Cougars on Monday. Azusa Pacific, which beat the Sunbirds three times last year en route to an NCCAA national championship, hadn’t registered a regular season loss since falling 6-3 to FPU on April 12, 2012.

Fresno Pacific swept doubles play, and clinched the win after taking two of the first three singles matches to improve to 4-1 with its fourth straight win. In the loss No. 7 ranked Jan Meyer managed to keep his regular season record perfect, defeating Michael Tymkiw 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1.

Frederik Wilkens registered his fifth consecutive victory, beating Thomas Gely 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, while Tomas Aranguiz tabbed Azusa Pacific’s third singles win with a 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 defeat of Stefan Loop. Alan Leahy fell to Kyle Rowe 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3, and Gary Yam suffered a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Brendan Aguilar at No. 4. Leonardo Urquidi beat Pascal Engel 6-1, 6-1.

Fresno Pacific won each of its doubles matched 8-4, with the No. 2 ranked team of Rowe and Gely getting past Meyer and Engel at No. 1. The Cougars, who have played in six matches in the past 10 days, will enjoy a 10-day break before welcoming BYU-Hawaii for a 1:30 p.m. match on Feb. 27 at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex.