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Published
March 17, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Brigham Young 5
Azusa Pacific 2

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -- Azusa Pacific, ranked No. 1 in the NAIA, stole the doubles’ point, but NCAA Division I BYU bounced back to nearly sweep the singles’ matches and get a 5-2 win over the Cougars Thursday in Palm Springs, Calif.

The loss snaps the Cougars 12-game winning streak and drops them to 12-2 overall. Their only other loss was to NCAA Division I UCLA. BYU improves to 8-3.

Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson downed Jose Luis Lechuga and Nima Roshan, 9-7, at No. 1 doubles, and Gordon Hong and David Goodman knocked off Shane LaPorte and Jonathan Sanchez, 9-8, at No. 3 to steal the doubles’ point.

Fletcher then defeated Roshan at No. 1 singles, 6-3, 6-2, but that was all the Cougars could muster. Goodman nearly picked up another point at No. 2, but fell to James Ludlow, 7-6, 4-6 (10-7). Hong also forced a third set before retiring.

“BYU is a very good team,” said Azusa Pacific head coach Mark Bohren. “With a few more breaks, we might have been able to sneak this one out, but it was a good test and experience for us. Tomorrow’s match with Santa Fe (N.M.) will be just as tough, especially without Boris (Bakalov) for the third straight match.”

Singles
1 – Sam Fletcher (APU) d. Nima Roshan (BYU) 6-3, 6-2
2 – James Ludlow (BYU) d. David Goodman (APU) 7-6, 4-6 (10-7)
3 – Shane LaPorte (BYU) d. Adam Davidson (APU) 6-3, 6-2
4 – Jeff Das (BYU) d. Gordon Hong (APU) 2-6, 6-4, 1-1, ret.
5 – Christian Hand (BYU) d. Tom Jelsma (APU) 6-2, 6-4
6 – Jonathan Sanchez (BYU) d. Alex Muresan (APU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles
1 – Fletcher/Davidson (APU) d. Jose Luis Lechuga/Roshan (BYU) 9-7
2 – Dominik Kaufhold/Ludlow (BYU) d. Muresan/Jelsma (APU) 8-4
3 – Hong/Goodman (APU) d. LaPorte/Sanchez (BYU) 9-8