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Holding Serve in Irvine

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Published
March 30, 2006
By
Jason Cannon

IRVINE, Calif. -- In one of those weird quirks of the rankings Concordia is still receiving votes in the national poll this week despite the fact that it has yet to win a conference match.

Such is the competitive environment in men’s tennis in the GSAC.

The NAIA’s top-ranked Azusa Pacific has remarkably separated itself from the pack and continued to roll this year beating the aforementioned Concordia, 7-2.

The Cougars swept the doubles matches to open the day of competition with a shuffled line-up. For the first time this season David Goodman was paired up with Cole Billings and the result was a dominating 8-1 performance.

The trend continued at No. 3 doubles where Art Fatkiev and John Goodrich buried Robert Zacks and Chris Nguyen, 8-2.

Azusa Pacific held serve on the top spot in the NAIA this week and ran their record to 15-1 with the win.

Singles

Tim Kpulun (CUI) d. Boris Bakalov (APU), 3-6, 6-4, 1-6

David Goodman (APU) d. Cesar Villares (CUI), 6-4, 6-2

Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Rudy Jimenez (CUI), 6-3, 6-0

Art Fatkiev (APU) d. Chris Nguyen (CUI), 6-3, 6-4

Cole Billings (APU) d. Jared Haley (CUI), 3-6, 7-6, 6-3

Steve Futchko (CUI) d. Justin Green (APU), 6-7, 7-6, 6-2

Doubles

Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) d. Kpulun/Villares (CUI), 8-6

Goodman/Billings (APU) d. Haley/Futchko (CUI), 8-1

Fatkiev/Goodrich (APU) d. Robert Zacks/Nguyen (CUI), 8-2