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Published
March 12, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 6
Westmont 3

AZUSA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific continued its winning ways and remained perfect in GSAC play, escaping with a 6-3 win at Westmont Saturday.

The Cougars improve to 11-1 overall, 5-0 GSAC. Westmont, which has dropped 4 of its past 5, falls to 6-5, 1-2.

Azusa Pacific played the match without its regular starters at No. 5 (Gordon Hong) and No. 6 (Tom Jelsma), both of whom were out with injuries. But, the Cougars did enough at the top half of their line-up to get the win.

Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson bounced back from their first loss of the season and downed Burke Marold and Bryn Mercado, 8-6, at No. 1 doubles. Boris Bakalov and Tom Jelsma downed J.B. Schiller and Kyle Godfrey, 8-3, at No. 2, and the Cougars took a 2-1 lead after doubles. Then, in singles’ play, the Cougars took 4 of 6 matches, all of the victories coming at Nos. 1-4.

Singles
1 – Sam Fletcher (APU) d. Burke Marold (WC) 6-3, 6-1
2 – Boris Bakalov (APU) d. Bryn Mercado (WC) 6-2, 6-1
3 – David Goodman (APU) d. John Hilp (WC) 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
4 – Adam Davidson (APU) d. Kyle Godfrey (WC) 6-2, 6-3
5 – J.B. Schiller (WC) d. Alex Muresan (APU) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3)
6 – Eric Kinsey (WC) d. Jon Wagner (APU) 6-4, 6-0

Doubles
1 – Fletcher/Davidson (APU) d. Marold/Mercado (WC) 8-6
2 – Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) d. Schiller/Godfrey (WC) 8-3
3 – Hilp/Kinsey (WC) d. Muresan/Wagner (APU) 8-1