COSTA MESA, Calif. -- It was supposed to be a showdown between 2 of the NAIA’s best, but for 12th straight match, it was all Azusa Pacific.
The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Cougars swept through doubles’ play and then cruised through singles to surprisingly coast past No. 4 Vanguard, 7-2, in a key early-season GSAC match in Costa Mesa.
With the win, the Cougars improve to 6-1 overall, 3-0 GSAC. Vanguard falls to 2-1, 1-1.
“These guys continue to amaze me,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Mark Bohren. “Vanguard is definitely a better team than they were last year, and they were great last year, but we continue to raise our level. Every match this year with Vanguard is going to be a battle.”
The Cougars set the tone from the get-go sweeping all 3 doubles’ matches in convincing fashion. Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson downed Christoph Schramm and Andreas Guertner 8-4 at No. 1, and Gordon Hong and David Goodman downed Calle Holmgren and Cyril Conty 8-4 at No. 3.
Then in singles’ play, Fletcher, Boris Bakalov and Goodman all cruised to straight set wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, to put the match away. Vanguard picked up its lone points at Nos. 4 and 5 singles.
1 – Sam Fletcher (APU) def. Andreas Guertner (VU) 7-6, 6-3
2 – Boris Bakalov (APU) def. Dieter Weislmaier (VU) 6-3, 6-0
3 – David Goodman (APU) def. Cyril Conty (VU) 6-3, 6-2
4 - Andreas Reckziegel (VU) def. Adam Davidson (APU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
5 - Christoph Schramm (VU) def. Gordon Hong (APU) 6-1, 1-6, 6-3
6 – Tom Jelsma (APU) def. Calle Holmgren (VU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
1 – Fletcher/Davidson (APU) def. Schramm/Guertner (VU) 8-4
2 – Jelsma/Bakalov (APU) def. Weislmaier/Reckziegel (VU) 8-5
3 – Hong/Goodman (APU) def. Holmgren/Conty (VU) 8-4