Senators Tennis Downs Azusa Pacific Moves into Finals
MOBILE—The Auburn Montgomery Senators men’s tennis team will make another appearance in the NAIA National Tennis Championship finals after defeating Azusa Pacific (27-2) 5-2 in semifinal action.
The Senators had not lost a game in its first three matches, but APU pulled out a win at two doubles to had AUM its first lost game of the tourney. That loss did not deter the Senators as wins at one and three doubles had AUM leading 2-1 heading into singles action.
AUM picked up its third win in quick fashion as Alberto Romea Gonzalez, the top-ranked player in the NAIA, won a 6-0, 6-1 decision at one singles.
Michael Johnson picked up a close 7-5, 7-6 (5) win at two singles and Loic Didavi picked up another singles win at six singles.
APU’s lone singles victory came at three singles with Alex Lane’s three set thriller over Ayrton Wobowa 4-6, 6-1, 6-1.
AUM (25-2) hands APU (27-2) only its second loss of the season. The Senators will face an old foe in Fresno Pacific University, the top-ranked team in the nation. FPU moved into the finals with a 5-2 win over Embry-Riddle.
This is the third consecutive season these two teams have met in the finals. AUM won in 2008 and FPU pulled out the win in last season’s final. The Senators will be looking for their ninth national title. The match will begin at 2 p.m. at the Mobile Tennis Center.
No. 1 – Alberto Romea Gonzalez (AUM) def. Matthijs Bolsius (APU), 6-0, 6-1
No. 2 – Michael Johnson (AUM) def. Janosch Apelt (APU), 7-5, 7-6 (5)
No. 3 – Alex Lane (APU) def. Ayrton Wibowa (AUM), 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Jochem Hoefnagels (APU) vs. Saad Benkirane (AUM), 7-5, 4-6, 5-1 DNF
No. 5 – Mathias Weber (APU) vs. Bence Toth (AUM), 6-7 (7), 6-2, 2-2 DNF
No. 6 – Loic Didavi (AUM) def. Danny Colten (APU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 1 – Michael Johnson / Saad Benkirane (AUM) def. Matthijs Bolsius / Jochem Hoefnagels (APU), 8-5
No. 2 – Janosch Apelt / Mathias Weber (APU) def. Bence Toth / Ayrton Wibowa (AUM), 9-7
No. 3 – Alberto Romea Gonzalez / Loic Didavi (AUM) def. Ronald Chow / Alex Lane (APU), 8-5