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Cougars Claim Five All-PacWest Honors

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First-teamer Frederik Wilkens closed out his career with back-to-back national championships.

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Published
May 23, 2014
By
Chris Baker

AZUSA, Calif.-- The Azusa Pacific men’s tennis team earned five honors when the 2014 All-Pacific West Conference teams were announced. Senior Frederik Wilkens and Sophomore Jan Meyer were each named to the singles first-team, while Pascal Engel was named the conference Freshman of the Year and a second-team honoree following the Cougars’ second-place season at the PacWest championship tournament. Meyer and Gary Yam rounded out the honors with their second-team recognition as a doubles duo.

“It’s really exciting to see the guys get rewarded for their seasons. It tops it all off. We had a really good year, and to win you have to have really good players. They worked hard all season and are definitely deserving for what they did this year,” said head coach Mark Bohren.

Azusa Pacific, which claimed its second straight NCCAA national championship, finished the season with a 24-6 record and ranked No. 11 in the ITA/NCAA Division II national rankings.

Wilkens was a repeat all-PacWest honoree, closing out his career with a record 68-26. The Hannover, Germany native increased his win total in each of his four seasons, posting a career-best 20 wins during his senior campaign. Wilkens, who was an NAIA All-American as a sophomore, joined Meyer, Yam, and J.J. Remington as the only Cougars in program history to claim two national championships.

Meyer built off of his All-PacWest freshman season with an even more impressive sophomore year. He played at No. 1 for the majority of the season, and was the No. 2 ranked player in the West Region throughout the year while elevating to No. 5 in the ITA national rankings. He posted a 22-3 singles record, and went 4-3 against ranked opponents while winning his final 10 matches of the season.

Engel got stronger as the year went on. The PacWest Freshman of the Year opened the season with a 5-4 mark, but went on a 12-2 run, which included a seven-match winning streak to close out the season. Engel registered a 13-match unbeaten streak over the last 13 matches of the year, helping Azusa Pacific to its second straight NCCAA championship with a 2-0 mark throughout the playoffs. Engel posted a 17-6 record (6-1 at No. 3 singles) and won his lone match in the No. 2 spot to give Azusa Pacific its second straight PacWest Freshman of the Year honor.

Meyer and Yam rounded out the Cougars’ All-PacWest recipients with their second-team recognition. The duo went 15-1 after joining forces midway through the season. Meyer and Yam won each of their five doubles matches at the NCCAA tournament, and registered a pair of wins over ranked opponents.

For the complete release of the All-PacWest teams click here.