Westmont Doubles Teams Win USTA/ITA Regionals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 30th, 2012


Top: Nicci Yvanovich and Tara Yekrang. Bottom: Tim Goranson and John Bertram

Westmont men’s and women’s tennis performed well at the USTA/ITA Regional Championships held at Biola. The Warriors claimed the doubles championship in both the men’s and women’s tournaments.

On the women’s side, Nicci Yvanovich and Tara Yekrang defeated Lewis-Clark State’s Dorothy Chong and Livia Blqsque 8-5 in the championship match. The duo reached the finals with an 8-2 semifinal win over Kristian Lampe and Caitlin Uzzi of Concordia. Also competing in the semifinals were Westmont’s Jessica Cedillo and Grace Davis who fell to Chong and Blqsque 8-3.

Tim Goranson and John Bertram claimed the men’s doubles championship with an 8-5 win over Bruno Kliskinic and Christian Wickenhausen of Concordia 8-5. Gorenson and Bertram reached the finals by defeating Ian Glessing and Tyler Cawthorne of Arizona Christian 8-3. Kliskinic and Wickenhausen earned a spot in the finals by sneaking by Westmont’s Joshua Barnard and Nicholas Szyndlar 8-6.

Yvanovich and Tekrang along with Goranson and Bertram will represent the Western Region in the NAIA division of the USTA/ITA Small College Championships in Mobile, Alabama. The event is scheduled to be held October 11-14.

Westmont was also well represented in the men’s and women’s singles tournament with the Warriors making up half of the semifinal field in both brackets. On the men’s side, Bertram reached the semis with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Concordia’s Jordin Hovis, then fell to Concordia’s Micah Groom 3-6, 6-4. 6-2. Goranson’s semifinal appearance came as the result of a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win over Wickenhausen. Goranson lost to Kliskinic in the semifinals 7-6 (4), 6-3.

Yvanovich reached the women’s semifinals after defeating Ulrike Hahn in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-4, but lost in the semis 6-4, 6-3 to Concordia’s Elizaveta Ignatova. Davis also reached the finals, defeating Hope Internationals’ Jasmine Zaragoza 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Davis fell to Chong 6-0, 6-0.

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