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Barnard and Lindqvist Nearly Claim Championship

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 10th, 2014
Josh Barnard (left) and Carl Lindqvist display national runner-up hardware.

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.


Men’s Tennis Sweeps ITA Regionals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 28th, 2014
Joshua Barnard

Westmont Men’s Tennis swept the ITA NAIA Small College West Regionals in the first tennis event of the 2014-15 season. Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist won the doubles competition while Luke Whalen captured the singles title for the Warriors.

By winning, all three Warriors have earned a spot in the ITA NAIA Small College National Tournament, which will be held October 9-12 in Sumter, South Carolina.

Whalen opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-1 first round win over Bernardo Bertolucci of Concordia before sweeping Thiago Duarte de Brito of Hope International 6-0, 6-0. In the quarterfinals, Whalen faced Concordia’s Christian Wickenhausen, the top seed of the singles tournament. After winning the first set 6-3, Whalen claimed the second set 7-5 to reach the semifinals.

Whalen was not the only Warrior to reach the semifinals. In fact, three of the four semifinal competitors were from Westmont. Barnard, who was the number two seed, reached the semis after defeating Hayden Hensley of Concordia 6-1, 6-4. Lindqvist earned his semifinal place by defeating Man Ho Ko, also of Concordia 6-2, 6-3.


Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Men’s Tennis Honored

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 2nd, 2014
Tim Goranson and Rodrigo Schaefer (top row). John Bertram and Josh Barnard (bottom row).

Though its season has come to an end, Westmont Men’s Tennis continues to receive a number of awards. Senior Tim Goranson of Falkenberg, Sweden was named to the NAIA All-American first team. Goranson posted a singles record of 16-3 this season and a doubles record of 17-3.

Seniors Rodrigo Schaefer of Florianopolis, Brazil and John Bertram of Melbourne, Australia, along with junior Joshua Barnard of Glendora received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition.

The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table also acknowledged Goranson, naming him the Collegiate Men’s Tennis Player of the Year at their annual Hall of Fame Banquet.

Goranson, Schaefer and Barnard were also named Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American’s. The ITA national honors are awarded to those who finish in ITA singles-players top-20 ranking or doubles-players top-10.

Men’s Tennis Suffers Upset

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 15th, 2014

Westmont (14-7), the seventh ranked team in the NAIA, was upset 5-3 in the second round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championships on Thursday morning by #10 Bethany of Kansas (21-2).

“It was definitely the most upsetting national tournament loss that I have been a part of,” acknowledge Westmont head coach Mark Basham. “It is really the first time I felt that we have been upset by a team we should have beaten.”

The matched started well for the Warriors. Tim Goranson and John Bertram won at number two doubles 8-1, defeating Michiel Van Den Bogart and Amir Rahbar. On the number one court, Rodrigo Schaefer and Josh Barnard led Manuel Raga and Edgardo Tapia 7-4 while at number three, Nick Szyndlar and Travis Kimsey held the same lead over Mensford Owusu and Aaron Moses.

However, Bethany forced both the number one and three doubles matches to tiebreakers and prevailed in both.

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Men’s Tennis Headed to Mobile

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 6th, 2014

After reaching the semifinals last season, #7 Westmont Men’s Tennis is looking to build on last year’s performance as they enter the 2014 NAIA National Championships next week in Mobile, Alabama. The Warriors, who have a first round bye, will begin action on Tuesday when they take on the winner between #10 Bethany of Kansas (19-2) and Marian of Indiana (15-15).

The Bethany Swedes clinched an automatic berth into the national tournament by defeating McPherson (Kan.) 5-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on April 25. The Swedes won their first 13 games of the season and are currently on a four-game winning streak.

Bethany is led by Manuel Raga who is ranked at number 19 in singles in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll. The Swedes are making their 11th trip to the NAIA National Championships.

The Knights of Marian earned their way into the national tournament by defeating Huntington (Ind.) by a score of 5-1 in the finals of the Crossroads League Championship. The Knights are making their first appearance in the national tournament.


Schaefer, Goranson Receive GSAC Honors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 28th, 2014
(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.”

Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 21st, 2014
Westmont President Gayle Beebe; Golden Eagle recipients David Donner, Taylor Frantom,  Jack Rogan, Breean Collier; Track and field head coach Russell Smelley, Award sponsor Pete Jordano

Westmont Athletics honored 13 student-athletes at the 20th Annual Golden Eagles Award Banquet. The awards have been sponsored by Pete and Gerd Jordano and the Pacific Beverage Company since their inception in 1995.

An athlete from each intercollegiate team is presented with the Golden Eagle Award. The honor is given to an athlete for their accomplishments athletically, academically, spiritually and socially. Each recipient must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess a minimum 3.25 GPA and have the nomination and support of their coach.

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