RIVERSIDE, Calif. --- Sophomore Patrick Kur was the only member of Azusa Pacific’s men’s tennis squad to win both of his matches this afternoon, leading the defending NAIA runner-up Cougars to a 5-2 win over NCAA Div. I UC Riverside Saturday afternoon.
Kur defeated Bobby Tam at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-1, and teamed up with freshman Mathias Weber to pick up an 8-1 doubles win and help the Cougars earn the doubles point for the match.
Azusa Pacific’s lone senior David Goodman knocked off the Highlanders’ Mark Contreras at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4, and freshman Ronald Chow and junior Art Fatkhiev were victorious for the Cougars in singles play.
The win is the Cougars’ third straight against NCAA Div. I competition, as Azusa Pacific knocked off Sacramento State in 2006 and Hawaii in 2005.
“UC Riverside is a much improved team,” said Cougar head coach Mark Bohren, “and it's always hard to beat Div. I teams. Now we’re 1-0 with 30 plus to go.”
Freshman tandem Robby Dabbs and Matthijs Bolsius won in doubles, 8-6, to give the Cougars the point for double after Goodman and Chow were defeated by UC Riverside’s Jon Calienes and Mark Contreras.
“For a first match and all the new freshmen we have, we played solid,” said Bohren, the 2006 Wilson/ITA NAIA Men’s Coach of the Year. “Both Mathias (Weber) and Matthijs (Bolsius) lost at three and four singles today, but they learned a little about college tennis and will be a strength of our team by the end of the year. They both have so much potential but nerves got to both of them today.”
With the win, Azusa Pacific is now 1-0 on the season, while UC Riverside drops to 1-2 on the year. The Cougars are back in action next weekend when they host Occidental in a 2:30 p.m. match on Fri., Feb. 2 for the home opener at the Azusa Pacific home courts located at Citrus College.
#1: David Goodman (APU) d. Mark Contreras (UCR) 6-4, 6-4
#2: Patrick Kur (APU) d. Bobby Tam (UCR) 6-2, 6-1
#3: Joe Cartledge (UCR) d. Mathias Weber (APU) 0-6, 6-2, 6-1
#4: Jon Calienes (UCR) d. Matthijs Bolsius (APU) 6-3, 6-4
#5: Ronald Chow (APU) d. Gorjan Kovacevic (UCR) 6-3, 7-6
#6: Art Fatkhiev (APU) d. Hakop Tadevosian (UCR) 6-1, 6-2
#1: Calienes/Contreras (UCR) d. Goodman/Chow (APU) 8-2
#2: Kur/Weber (APU) d. Cartledge/Kovacevic (UCR) 8-1
#3: Dabbs/Bolsius (APU) d. Rouhafze/Tadevosian (UCR) 8-6