AZUSA, Calif. - The No. 19 UC San Diego men's tennis team was defeated, 6-3, Wednesday by Azusa Pacific in its first road match in over a month.
UCSD led after doubles play, but APU, currently ranked No. 4 in the NAIA and undefeated on its home court, went on to take five of six singles matches to seal the win. The Tritons fell to 12-4 on the season and the Cougars, who are in the midst of an 11-match win streak, improved their record to 14-1.
Two UCSD pairings beat their APU counterparts in doubles play. Jason Wall and Kona Luu defeated Gary Yam and Frederik Wilkens at No. 2, 9-8. Wall and Luu are currently seventh in the NCAA Division II West Region rankings. Sam Ling and Max Jiganti secured the second doubles win at No. 3, beating Ilja Ikonnikov and Benedickt Eger, 9-7.
APU defeated UCSD in all but one matchup on the singles ladder. Luu continued his dominance at the No. 6 spot, beating Gary Yam, 4-6, 7-5, 10-4. Luu is now a perfect 12-0 in singles play this season. Jiganti fought hard at the No. 4 position to force an extra game in the first set, eventually falling to APU's Benedikt Eger, 7-6, 6-4.
The Tritons will have a quick turnaround as they travel up the coast to face UC Santa Barbara Thursday at 1 p.m.
No. 19 UCSD 3, Azusa Pacific 6
March 28, 2012
Munson and Bavougian Tennis Complex
Janosch Apelt/Jochem Hoefnagels (APU) def. Austin West/Devon Sousa (UCSD) 8-2
Jason Wall/Kona Luu (UCSD) def. Gary Yam/Frederik Wilkens (APU) 9-8
Sam Ling/Max Jiganti (UCSD) def. Ilja Ikonnikov/Benedikt Eger (APU) 9-7
Janosch Apelt (APU) def. Chapman Chan (UCSD) 6-1, 6-0
Jochem Hoefnagels (APU ) def. Junya Yoshida (UCSD) 6-2, 6-0
Frederik Wilkens (APU) def. Austin West (UCSD) 6-2, 6-4
Benedikt Eger (APU) def. Max Jiganti (UCSD) 7-6, 6-4
Ilja Ikonnikov (APU) def. Sam Ling (UCSD) 6-4, 6-3
Kona Luu (UCSD) def. Gary Yam (APU) 4-6, 7-5, 10-4
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