Schaefer, Goranson Receive GSAC Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 28th, 2014

 

(Left to right) Rodrigo Schaefer and Tim Goranson

(Left to right) Rodrigo Schaefer and Tim Goranson

Westmont’s Tim Goranson of Falkenberg, Sweden and Rodrigo Schaefer of Florianopolis, Brazil were honored today by inclusion on the 2014 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Men’s Tennis Team presented by Under Armour.

“Rodrigo and Tim have been two of the four best players we have had since I have been coaching at Westmont,’ said Westmont head coach Mark Basham, “along with Bryan Cox and Carlos Lima.”

Goranson posted a record of 15-3 in singles play, going 6-2 at number one and 9-1 at number two. In doubles play, Goranson has produced a record of 16-3, including a record of 13-2 at number two with partner John Bertram.

“Tim’s overall leadership, enthusiasm and concern for his teammates have been fabulous,” praised Westmont head coach Mark Basham. “His singles and doubles play have been excellent as well. I have been thrilled with his determination and fight in his singles play. His doubles play with John has come on strong.

“Tim has improved each and every year. He has been a blessing to me as a coach as he has thrived at Westmont in every way – academically, socially, spiritually and certainly as a tennis player.”

Schaefer posted an outstanding doubles record of 14-2. In singles, Schaefer went 5-7 at number one and 5-0 at number two.

“Rodrigo and Josh (Barnard) have been a super doubles team both last year and this year,” said Basham. “They are playing number one doubles for us and are rated the number two team in the NAIA. Rodrigo’s consistency, enthusiasm and overall talent in doubles have been off the charts.

“In singles, Rodrigo has been a little bit up and down. When he is playing to his potential, he is such a talented player and can bring so much energy to the team. He has been a huge factor on the team with his passion for the game.”

As the fifth ranked team in the NAIA, the Warriors are expected to receive and at large berth into the NAIA National Tournament, which will be held beginning May 13 in Mobile, Alabama. It is the fifth straight year the Warriors have been invited to the national showdown.

“With four seniors, we are eager and confident to see how we can respond going to nationals,” said Basham.

In addition to Goranson and Schaefer, Bertram and Nick Szyndlar are in their final season playing for the Warriors.