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March 31, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 7
Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.) 2

AZUSA, Calif. -- The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific picked up a big non-conference win Thursday with a 7-2 victory over NCAA Division III No. 7 Gustavus Adolphus (Minn.).

With the win, Azusa Pacific improves to 14-3. The Gusties fall to 14-4

The Cougars jumped to a 2-1 lead after doubles when they earned victories at No. 2 and No. 3. The Gusties’ No. 1 team of Adam Morgan and Brett Morse-Karzen was able to keep GAC in the match with a huge upset of Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson. Boris Bakalov returned to the line-up for the first time in more than 2 weeks and teamed with Tom Jelsma for a win at No. 2 doubles.

In singles’ play, however, the Cougars’ depth took over. The Cougars took wins in the first 5 spots with the Gusties’ lone point coming at No. 6. The Cougars earned straight set wins at Nos. 1-4.

1 – Sam Fletcher (APU) d. Ben Lundell (GAC) 6-1, 6-1
2 – David Goodman (APU) d. Adam Morgan (GAC) 7-5, 6-3
3 – Adam Davidson (APU) d. Jesse Brauer (GAC) 7-5, 6-2
4 – Gordon Hong (APU) d. Brett Morse-Karzen (GAC) 6-1, 6-0
5 – Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Andy Bryan (GAC) 3-6, 6-2, 6-1
6 – Roy Bryan (CBU) d. Alex Muresan (APU) 6-2, 6-3

1 – Morgan/Morse-Karzen (GAC) d. Fletcher/Davidson (APU) 8-5
2 – Jelsma/Boris Bakalov (APU) d. Lundell/Brauer (GAC) 8-2
3 – Goodman/Hong (APU) d. A. Bryan/R. Bryan (GAC) 8-3