SURPRISE, Ariz.-- The No. 10 ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team had little trouble advancing to the semifinals of the Pacific West Conference championship tournament, getting past Holy Names with a 5-0 win on Thursday. The Cougars, who will face No. 7 seed Point Loma in Friday night’s semifinal, rattled off a trio of doubles wins before getting a pair of singles victories in one of three sweeps on the opening day at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club.
“This is such a tough tournament, so we’re thrilled to move on. It was a hard fought match. Holy Names really pushed us, but I like what saw from our guys. It bodes well for us moving forward,” said head coach Mark Bohren.
In doubles play Pascal Engel and Alan Leahy opened things up with an 8-2 win against Patrick Johnson and Ivan Parra at No. 3 before Frederik Wilkens and Tomas Aranguiz defeated Brook Workeneh and Tracy Beblie 8-6 at No. 2. The Cougars then took a 3-0 lead with a 9-7 victory from Jan Meyer and Gary Yam at No. 1.
In singles action Aranguiz put Azusa Pacific ahead 4-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Jonah Tahilan at No. 5, and Joseph Remington sealed the Cougars’ trip to the semis with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Ivan Parra at No. 6.
No. 7 ranked Wilkens was leading 7-5, 5-2 at No. 1, and Engel held a 6-4, 4-5 edge at No. 2 when the match was clinched.
Azusa Pacific will take on Point Loma on Friday at 2:00 p.m. for a chance to advance to its first PacWest championship match. For more information on the 2014 PacWest men’s tennis tournament, victim the Tournament Central page.