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May 5, 2005
Micah McDaniel
Azusa Pacific 5
Point Loma Nazarene 1

NAIA Region II Semifinals

COSTA MESA, Calif -- For the past 5 years, the NAIA’s No. 2-ranked Azusa Pacific has been the king of NAIA Region II, winning every regional tournament played. The Cougars earned a chance to defend their throne and get an unprecedented sixth title after knocking off No. 18 Point Loma Nazarene, 5-1, in the semifinals of the 2005 NAIA Region II Tournament today at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

The win is the Cougars’ tenth in a row and moves them to 22-3 overall. Point Loma falls to 12-12.

The Cougars quickly jumped out to a 2-1 lead after winning easily at No. 1 and 2 doubles. The Sea Lions got their lone point when Sean Sand and Jonathan Bowman upset Gordon Hong and David Goodman, 8-6, at No. 3.

However, in singles, the Cougars put it in overdrive and cruised in for the easy win. Sam Fletcher, the No. 1 ranked player in the NAIA, dropped Philip Wulf, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1. Hong then downed Bowman, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4, and Tom Jelsma wrapped up the win with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Craig Johnson at No. 5.

The win puts the Cougars into tomorrow’s championship match against No. 5-ranked Vanguard in a rematch of last year’s final won by the Cougars, 5-0. The Cougars have won 13 in a row over the Lions, including both GSAC matches this year.

1 - Sam Fletcher (APU) d. Philip Wulf (PLNU) 6-3, 6-2
2 - Boris Bakalov (APU) vs. Christian Gerloff (PLNU) 6-0, 4-4 DNF
3 - David Goodman (APU) vs. Johannes Vance (PLNU) 6-2, 5-5 DNF
4 - Gordon Hong (APU) d. Jonathan Bowman (PLNU) 6-4, 6-1
5 - Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Craig Johnson (PLNU) 6-3, 6-3
6 - Alex Muresan (APU) vs. Sean Sand (PLNU) 6-2, 1-6, 2-1 DNF

1 - Davidson/Fletcher (APU) d. Wulf/Vance (PLNU) 8-3
2 - Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) d. Gerloff/Johnson (PLNU) 8-4
3 - Sand/Bowman (PLNU) d. Goodman/Hong (APU) 8-6