AZUSA, Calif. -- A very busy week of tennis got underway for Azusa Pacific with a match that might have been a little closer than it would have hoped. In the end, the Cougars remained undefeated with a hard fought 5-4 win over Sacramento State.
The NAIA’s top-ranked squad normally excels in doubles but today struggled, as they lost 2 out of 3 matches.
“The long lay-off we’ve had showed,” said head coach Mark Bohren. “We started out slow in doubles and even though we were up in all 3 we just couldn’t pull them out. That’s the way it goes sometimes but I’m happy with the win against a competitive team like Sac State.”
The lone doubles team to win was the No. 3 team of Cole Billings and Art Fatkiev who downed their opponent, 8-4. They each went on to have strong wins in singles, Fatkiev in straight sets.
With the victory, Azusa Pacific improves to 12-0 on the season.
Boris Bakalov (APU) d. Junaid Husain (CSUS), 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
Gabriel Loredo (CSUS) d. Patrick Kur (APU), 6-7, 6-2, 1-0 ret.
Warrick Foy (CSUS) d. David Goodman (APU), 6-4, 7-5
Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Haug Van Dillon (CSUS), 6-2, 6-3
Cole Billings (APU) d. Raman Perez (CSUS), 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Art Fatkiev (APU) d. Morton (CSUS), 6-3, 7-6
Husain/Loredo (CSUS) d. Bakalov/Jelsma (APU), 8-6
Foy/Perez (CSUS) d. Kur/Goodman (APU), 9-8
Billings/Fatkiev (APU) d. Van Dillon/Paul Komonizcka (CSUS), 8-4