Westmont’s Joshua Barnard and Carl Lindqvist came within one point of claiming the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College NAIA Doubles Championship today, but had to settle for the title of runner-up.
Barnard, a senior and Lindqvist, a junior, earned a spot in the national tournament by winning the West Regional held at Biola two weeks ago. Conducted at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina, the national tournament brought together the eight regional winners.
Barnard and Lindqvist started play on Thursday by defeating Alex Haizel and Boris Peshiv of St. Francis (Ill.) in the opening round. The Warrior duo prevailed 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinal match which was held this afternoon.
“In the semifinals, we were down a set and a break and Josh and Carl did a great job of totally turning the momentum around,” said Westmont head coach Mark Basham.