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Published
April 2, 2005
By
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 7
Redlands 2

AZUSA, Calif. -- For the second time in a week, the NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Azusa Pacific bounced back from an early deficit, this time to defeat NCAA Division III-power Redlands, 7-2, Saturday.

The win is the Cougars’ third in a row and moves them to 15-3 overall. Redlands, which has won 15 NCAA Division III national titles, falls to 14-4.

The Bulldogs, who are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III, took a quick 2-1 lead after doubles’ action, winning close matches at No. 2 (9-8) and No. 3 (8-6). Sam Fletcher and Adam Davidson combined at No. 1 to down Sean Dolan and Chandler Lutz, 8-3, for the Cougars’ point.

The Cougars then quickly rebounded and swept all 6 singles’ matches, 5 of them in straight sets.

"This was a tough match against a solid team," said Azusa Pacific head coach Mark Bohren. "For us to beat these guys without Boris (Bakalov) playing singles is big."

Singles
1 – Sam Fletcher (APU) d. Michael Thoeresz (UR) 6-2, 6-3
2 – David Goodman (APU) d. Andrew Elling (UR) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
3 – Adam Davidson (APU) d. Sean Dolan (UR) 7-6, 6-2
4 – Gordon Hong (APU) d. Robert Vincent (UR) 6-2, 6-4
5 – Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Chandler Lutz (UR) 6-2, 6-1
6 – Alex Muresan (APU) d. Eric Wagar (UR) 7-6, 6-2

Doubles
1 – Fletcher/Davidson (APU) d. Dolan/Lutz (UR) 8-3
2 – Elling/Wagar (UR) d. Boris Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) 9-8
3 – Vincent/Brian Manning (UR) d. Goodman/Hong (APU) 8-6