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Warrior Men Eliminated in First Round

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 12th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(MOBILE, Ala.) This morning, the Westmont men’s tennis 2015 season came to an abrupt end after being defeated by Reinhardt University in the First Round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship. #13 Westmont seemingly had the odds stacked in their favor as they went up against #20 Reinhardt. While the injury plagued Warriors battled the entire time, Reinhardt eventually walked away with a 5-4 heartbreaking win over Westmont.

The Warrior men started off the day trailing 1-2 after doubles play. On court number one, Josh Barnard and Carl Lindqvist tried their very best to upend Maksim Yorsh and Nikita Hrynov. But long rallies and extremely well placed shots led to an 8-3 victory for the Eagles. On court number two, Christian Mathis and Travis Kimsey started off a little slow, but were able to rally back multiple times to put themselves back in a position to win. Unfortunately, Emory Deloach and Nicolas Duarte capitalized on their opportunities and closed out the match with an 8-5 win, putting their team up two matches to zero.

Court number three, featuring Jan Sibbel and Tommy Nightingale was the only doubles win for the Warriors this afternoon, but they snuck away with a 9-7 victory over Reinhardt.

Men’s Tennis is Headed to Mobile

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 8th, 2015
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By Christy Cain
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The #13 Westmont men’s tennis team (10-14) will be taking on #20 Reinhardt (Ga.) (11-3) in the First Round of the NAIA Men’s Tennis National Championship this week in Mobile, Ala. The Warrior men have officially received an at large bid to the 24 team single elimination tournament that runs May 12-16.

This will be the Eagles first NAIA National Tournament appearance in program history. They worked their way to an automatic bid this season by winning the Appalachian Athletic Conference Championship. Ten consecutive match victories have led them to a record of 11-3 heading into their time in Mobile.

The Eagles are expected to be led by junior Maksim Yorsh and freshman Nikita Hrynov who have both recently received post season conference honors.

The Warriors are making their sixth straight National Tournament appearance, but this is the first year that they have not received a first round bye.

Warriors Swept in the Semifinals

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 16th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) The Westmont men’s tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament run came to an end this morning in the semifinal round as they dropped their final match 5-0 to an undefeated #3 Vanguard University team.

Coming off of a great win against Biola University yesterday, the men were looking for some successful sets this morning as they started off with doubles play. But when you go against a talented, undefeated roster like Vanguard, you truly need the odds to be ever in your favor.

“I felt that all three courts of our doubles got off to a bit of a sluggish start,” opened Mark Basham. “My hope was that we could be confident and get some early opportunities in those matches. But unfortunately we didn’t. Although Vanguard has some of the very best talent, I was confident that at number two we could be successful or at least very, very competitive. They competed well, but we were simply outmatched.”

On court number one, Carl Lindqvist and Joshua Barnard battled it out with Stefan Kilchohhfer and Roger Muri who handily won 8-2. Right next to them was Christian Mathis and Travis Kimsey who went back and forth with Fabio Silva and Michael Rjazanov who won with another score of 8-2.

Warriors Beat Biola in First Round

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 15th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) The Westmont men’s tennis team started the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament off strong this afternoon with a First Round 5-2 win over Biola University. With the perfect stage set at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Complex, the Warrior men fought their way into victory.

“We played Biola last Saturday and even though we beat them 8-1, I thought we played really fundamental, consistent tennis all of that day,” opened head coach Mark Basham. “I was a bit worried about today’s match, knowing that we have some injuries and men who are not 100 percent. I was confident in our talent, but I knew that we would have to execute well today.”

If injuries were an issue, you would not have noticed them this afternoon. Other than a couple of underhand (yet surprisingly tough) serves from Josh Barnard-who has been sidelined off and on all season due to injury- there was no blatant sign of physical struggle.

The men played at a high level and fought for each win of the day. In the first doubles position was Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Joshua Barnard who have proven to be the most dynamic of the duos. Their 8-3 victory over their Eagle opponents truly set the tone for the rest of the day.

An Unwelcome Upset

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 8th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) #16 San Diego Christian men’s tennis team (11-6, 7-4 GSAC) pulled out an unwanted 7-2 upset Tuesday afternoon against #10 Westmont College (8-12, 7-4 GSAC) on the Hawks’ home court.

With regular season play almost over, the San Diego Christian was looking for a last minute upset over Westmont who was ranked above them in both conference and national standings. On court number one, Brendan Aguilar fought Westmont’s Carl-Philip Lindqvist for a 6-3, 6-0 win to start the day. Joshua Barnard worked hard to hang with Leonardo Urquidi, but lost the sets 6-4, 6-1, giving the Hawks the second win of the day.

Lions Roar Past Warriors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 31st, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) This afternoon, the #10 Westmont men’s tennis team (8-9 overall, 7-3 GSAC) took on the undefeated #4 Lions of Vanguard University (20-0, 10-0 GSAC). It was going to be an uphill battle for the Warriors from the start, but despite the eventual 8-1 Vanguard win, Westmont gave the Lions a run for their money.

They kicked off the match with singles play. On court one Carl-Philip Lindqvist battled it out with Stefan Kilchhofer who ended with scores of 6-2, 6-0. Joshua Barnard, the lone Westmont senior, took the court against Lion senior Fabio Silva. It was a very heated match as Barnard fought for a final singles win on his home tennis court. In front of a crowd of friends and family here to support him on senior day, Barnard rallied hard back and forth with the former Frenso Pacific player. Despite the effort put out by Joshua, Silva proved to be a tennis machine and walked away with a 6-2, 6-2 win this afternoon.

On court number three, Jan Sibbel faced off against Vanguard’s Roger Muri who came away with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Warriors. The match on court four between Christian Mathis and Daymon Johnson was the longest singles match of the day. They played each other point for point for what seemed like an eternity, until Mathis was able to capitalize on his opportunity and won the match 6-4, 3-6, 10-8, giving the Warriors their only- yet hard earned- victory of the day.

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Putting out the Firestorm

Submitted by: Christy Cain - March 27th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The #8 Westmont men’s tennis team (8-6, 7-2 GSAC) went to work against Arizona Christian (5-10, 1-9) on Thursday afternoon on the Abbott Tennis Courts, winning by a team score of 8-1.

On singles court number one, Carl- Philip Lindqvist swept Santiago Galeffi with duel scores of 6-0, 6-0. Right behind him was Luke Whalen posted scores of 6-4, 6-4 against the Firestorms Tyler Cawthorne. Joshua Barnard was back in action today in singles play today on court number three. He went up against Arizona Christian’s David Castano and defeated him 6-0, 6-1.

On court number four, Jan Sibbel continued the singles sweep with scores of 6-2, 6-3 against his opponent. Christian Mathis quickly overcame Andrew Gross with two scores of 6-0. To complete the day, Tommy Nightingale had the closest of the singles matches with final scores of 6-4 and 6-3 against Adam West.

Sneaking by San Diego

Submitted by: Christy Cain - February 20th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) #9 Westmont men’s tennis team (4-3, 4-1 GSAC) had their work cut out for them this afternoon as they hosted #21 San Diego Christian (5-2, 3-2 GSAC) on the Abbott Tennis Courts.

“We played well. It was a very tough match. We knew it was going to be difficult against them,” opened head coach Mark Basham. “I think that the Hawks are going to be a top 15 team in the NAIA, so it was a great win for us today.”

As usual, the Warriors opened with doubles play this afternoon and ended up winning two out of the three matchups. On court one, Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Travis Kimsey were upset by Brendan Aguilar and Leonardo Urquidi by a score of 8-2. But on court number two, Westmont’s Mathis and Sibbel took care of business with 8-1 win against De Romas and Zasadnyy.

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