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February 5, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 8
UC San Diego 1

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- In its first match in more than 2 weeks, the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific cruised to an 8-1 win at NCAA Division II UC San Diego Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 1-1 on the season. It was UC San Diego’s season-opener.

The Cougars swept all 3 doubles’ matches, needing just 2 wins in singles’ play to clinch the match. They did better, winning 5 of 6 singles matches with the Tritons getting their lone point at No. 6.

Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson got things rolling with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles. The other doubles’ matches were closer as the Cougars won both by identical 8-6 scores. Fletcher then cruised to a 6-1, 6-3 win over Bryan Swatt at No. 1 singles, and Davidson rolled to a 6-1, 6-4 win over Seth Spector at No. 4. David Goodman (No. 3) and Gordon Hong (No. 5) also picked up straight set wins.

Azusa Pacific begins its quest for a fourth straight GSAC title Tuesday when it travels to Fullerton to face Hope International at 2 p.m.

1 - Sam Fletcher (APU) def. Bryan Swatt (UCSD) 6-1, 6-3
2 - Boris Bakalov (APU) def. Brent Molden (UCSD) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
3 - David Goodman (APU) def. Eric Rubens (UCSD) 6-3, 7-5
4 - Adam Davidson (APU) def. Seth Spector (UCSD) 6-1, 6-4
5 - Gordon Hong (APU) def. Blake Meister (UCSD) 6-2, 7-6
6 - Erik Oijala (UCSD) def. Tom Jelsma (APU) 4-6, 6-2, 4-1

1 - Fletcher/Davidson (APU) def. Meister/Rubens (UCSD) 8-2
2 - Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) def. Molden/Spector (UCSD) 8-6
3 - Goodman/Hong (APU) def. Swatt/Oijala (UCSD) 8-6