AZUSA, Calif. -- In its third match in five days, the No. 11 ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team got back in the win column with a 7-2 win over Westmont on Friday afternoon.
Head coach Mark Bohren shuffled the lineup as the Cougars took on their old conference opponent. Following his win at No. 5 on Wednesday, Tomas Aranguiz got the start at No. 3 in singles for the Cougars, where he defeated John Bertram 6-1, 7-6. Aranguiz successfully served to stay in the second set twice against the NAIA’s 29th ranked singles player before claiming the set in a tiebreaker. Aranguiz has now won three consecutive tiebreakers on the season.
Sophomore Joseph Remington got just his second start of the season, earning his second win in a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Tommy Nightingale at No. 6, while at No. 5 Pascal Engel only dropped two games as he defeated Travis Kimsey, 6-1, 6-1.
Despite changes at the bottom of the lineup, the Cougars stuck with the same duo at the top. No. 7 singles player Jan Meyer took out his NAIA counterpart Rodrigo Schaefer 6-4, 7-5 in one of five straight set wins for the Cougars. Frederik Wilkens handled southpaw Tim Goranson, who is ranked 10th, 6-3, 7-6. Azusa Pacific is now 16-3 at the top two singles spots when Wilkens and Meyer occupy those spots in the lineup.
In doubles, Meyer and Engel added to their incredible week with a victory over No. 5 doubles pairing of Schaefer and Josh Barnard, 8-6, for their third consecutive victory. Earlier in the week, the Cougars’ No. 1 doubles team claimed an 8-4 win over Lewis and an 8-6 win over the No. 14 team in the nation from Barry.
At No. 3 doubles, Aranguiz and Alan Leahy notched an 8-3 triumph over Kimsey and Nightingale. The pair of underclassmen sprinted to a 7-1 lead and held on for the victory. Bertram and Goranson combined for an 8-5 win over Wilkens and Gary Yam that made the score 2-1 after doubles.
No. 36 Josh Barnard earned Westmont’s only singles point, defeating Leahy at No. 4, 7-5, 3-6, 11-9. The Cougars will be home again on Monday to face Western New Mexico.