MOBILE, Ala.-- The No. 11 ranked Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team continued to roll through the National Christian College Athletics Association tournament, recording its second straight sweep with a 5-0 victory over Point Wednesday morning. The victory, which put the Cougars at 3-0 after pool play, advances Azusa Pacific to the NCCAA semifinals, and two wins away from repeating as national champions.
“We’re playing a little better each match. We were here last year with a little different group, so I’m happy to see the guys doing exactly what we need to do. We’re ready for some tough matches, and there won’t be any excuses,” said head coach Mark Bohren.
The Cougars (22-6) didn’t give up a set in the win, opening the day with a doubles sweep before J.J. Remington clinched the Azusa Pacific victory.
In doubles Jan Meyer and Gary Yam recorded an 8-5 win over Rafael Hewett-Steiger and Daniel Blanchard at No. 1, while Frederik Wilkens and Tomas Aranguiz tabbed an 8-1 defeat of Ben Markowski and Alonso Trevizo at No. 2. Pascal Engel and Alan Leahy posted an 8-1 win against Zachary Sheeler and Andrew Hays.
Leahy opened up singles with a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Blanchard at No. 4, and Remington clinched the match with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Hays at No. 5. Meyer was leading 6-2, 5-0 at No. 1, and Engel held a 6-0, 5-1 edge at No. 3 when the match was clinched. Sasha Kingsley was winning 6-2, 5-3, and Wilkens was ahead 6-1, 3-1.
Azusa Pacific will now shift its attention towards Thursday’s NCCAA semifinal, where it’ll face Palm Beach Atlantic at 9 a.m. (CST) for a chance to advance to its second consecutive NCCAA championship match.