Warriors Fall in Finals

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 21st, 2016

 

Travis Kimsey (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Travis Kimsey (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 21, 2016

After seven hard fought matches, #16 Westmont Men’s Tennis (9-8) fell to #13 Lewis-Clark State (11-9) in the Men’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. Lewis-Clark State defeated the Warriors by a score of 5-2.

Westmont and Lewis-Clark State split the first two doubles matches.

Playing at number two, Quentin Wacquez and Alexandra D’aboville earned Lewis-Clark State the first point of the game when they defeated Luke Whalen and Christian Mathis 8-3; and at number three, Tommy Nightingale and Jordan Strandness evened the score when they overcame Sonam Phuntsok and Andres Bustani 8-6.

Lewis-Clark State won the third doubles match and took a 2-1 lead when Yonas Woldetsadik and Jeff Su clinched a narrow 9-8 (7-0) victory in a neck and neck match against Carl Lindqvist and Travis Kimsey, playing at number one.

In singles play, Mathis earned the Warriors a point and evened the score 2-2 when he conquered Bustani 6-4, 6-2.

Lewis-Clark State was victorious in the next three singles matches.

Playing at number two, Wacquez overcame Whalen in two sets 6-3, 6-1; at number six, D’Aboville was triumphant over Strandness in three sets 6-4, 4-6, 6-0; and at number five, Su ended the game and clinched Lewis-Clark State’s final point when he defeated Nightingale in a very competitive three sets 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Head coach March Basham reflected on today’s game.

“I thought Lewis Clark St played a very good team match. Winning the number one doubles match helped set the tone for Lewis-Clark State. Our guys battled hard in singles, but Lewis-Clark State was a little better than us today.”

The Warriors will wait until May 8 to find out if they will receive an at-large bid into the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship Tournament.