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March 22, 2014
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AZUSA, Calif.-- Alan Leahy and Pascal Engel paired up in doubles to form the Cougars' first all-freshmen pairing this season, which resulted in the Azusa Pacific men's tennis team's first doubles sweep in seven matches en route to a 7-2 win over Holy Names

In their first match as a team, the freshmen claimed an 8-4 win at No. 3. Leahy and Engel broke the serve of No.1 singles player Tracy Beblie all three times in the doubles set and were the first to finish, notching their first team victory. Engel continued the freshmen's success in singles, rushing to a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 4 over Matthew Halligan. Engel is now 3-1 on the season since being moved up to the No. 4 position.

Jan Meyer won both of his singles and doubles matches at No. 1 to bounce back after being forced to retire with illness on Thursday. He defeated Beblie 6-0, 6-1 after notching an 8-4 win in doubles with Gary Yam over Halligan and Brook Workeneh, who won his singles match 5-7, 6-3, 1-0(6) at No. 3 over Leahy.

Frederik Wilkens benefitted from a retirement after wrapping up the first set 6-2 and evening the second set 1-1 against Andrew Amor at No. 2. In doubles, Wilkens rejoined his old partner Tomas Aranguiz for an 8-6 win to clinch the doubles sweep and improve to 7-3 as a team. Aranguiz added the Cougars' seventh win with a 6-2, 5-7, 1-0(4) defeat of Rafael Martinez at No. 5 singles.

Jonah Tahilan added the second win of the day for Holy Names with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 1-0(4) win over Joseph Remington at No. 6 singles.

The Cougars will have their rematch against Fresno Pacific on March 28 at the Munson & Bavougian Tennis Complex. Azusa Pacific dropped its first match against the Sunbirds 6-3 in Fresno, but have a chance to even the season series on Friday as the teams compete for a spot in the NCCAA Nationals in April.