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Published
February 23, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 7
UC Riverside 0

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific got back on the court after 11 days away because of the rain, and the Cougars walked off with a convincing 7-0 non-conference win over NCAA Division I UC Riverside Wednesday afternoon.

With the win, the Cougars improve to 5-1. UC Riverside drops to 3-4.

In an unusual twist, the singles matches were played first, and Azusa Pacific swept all of them, including 5 in straight sets. UCR’s best chance for a point came at No. 1 singles, where Justin Montgomery won the first set 6-3 before Sam Fletcher came back to take the second 7-6. The third set went into a tiebreak, which Fletcher won 10-6.

With the match already clinched, the Cougars swept all 3 doubles matches to take the lone doubles point.

Up next for the top-ranked Cougars is a showdown with the NAIA's No. 4-ranked Vanguard Friday in Costa Mesa.

Singles
1 - Sam Fletcher (APU) def. Justin Montgomery (UCR) 3-6, 7-6, 10-6
2 - Boris Bakalov (APU) def. Mark Contreras (UCR) 6-2, 6-1
3 - David Goodman (APU) def. Joe Cartledge (UCR) 6-3, 6-0
4 - Adam Davidson (APU) def. Norman Tam (UCR) 6-3, 6-3
5 - Gordon Hong (APU) def. Christian Frick (UCR) 6-2, 6-2
6 - Tom Jelsma (APU) def. Jordan Leo (UCR) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles
1 - Fletcher/Davidson (APU) def. Montgomery/Tam (UCR) 8-5
2 - Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) def. Contreras/Frick (UCR) 8-4
3 – Alex Muresan/Goodman (APU) def. Cartledge/Leo (UCR) 8-6