AZUSA, Calif. -- Beginning a tough stretch of 3 matches in 4 days, Azusa Pacific got off to a tremendous start getting wins from all 3 of its doubles matches setting the tone for a decisive 8-1 victory on Friday afternoon over UC San Diego.
The NAIA’s No. 1-ranked Cougars took control of the match early when the No. 1 doubles team of Boris Bakalov and Tom Jelsma were able to hold off Brent Molden and Erik Rubons, 8-6. With the 2 proceeding dominant wins in doubles play combined with the victory at No. 1, Azusa Pacific had the match in hand before singles play had even begun.
However, the Cougars (2-0) did not let up as Bakalov dominated Molden, 6-2, 6-1 in singles play. UC San Diego (0-3), ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, has struggled out of the gate this season which has been a bit of a surprise.
“It was nice to win this first match with 3 in 4 days,” said head coach Mark Bohren. “I feel like our doubles teams are getting better each time they play together.”
Azusa Pacific will host No. 15-ranked Point Loma Nazarene tomorrow at 10 a.m.
1 – Boris Bakalov (APU) d. Brent Molden (UCSD), 6-2, 6-1
2 – Patrick Kur (APU) d. Blake Meister (UCSD), 6-1, 6-4
3 – David Goodman (APU) d. Erik Olijala (UCSD), 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
4 – Tom Jelsma (APU) d. Erik Rubons (UCSD), 6-4, 6-4
5 – Kazumi Negishi (UCSD) d. Cole Billings (APU), 6-3, 6-3
6 – Art Fatkiev (APU) d. Ramesh Thondapu (UCSD), 6-4, 6-2
1 – Bakalov/Jelsma (APU) d. Molden/Rubons (UCSD), 8-6
2 – Kur/Goodman (APU) d. Meister/Oljala (UCSD), 8-4
3 – Billings/Fatkiev (APU) d. Negishi/Thondapu (UCSD), 8-3