SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Westmont's Joshua Barnard was named the NAIA Men's Tennis Player of the Week, the national office announced Wednesday. The native of Glendora is the first-ever Warrior tennis athlete to receive the award.
The junior was selected based on his performances from March 31-April 6 and was chosen from a pool of over 25 nominees residing from conference, independent, and unaffiliated group award winners.
Barnard aided fifth-ranked Westmont men's tennis (12-5, 7-2 GSAC) to a flawless 3-0 streak with an untarnished 6-0 record in doubles and singles play combined. The Warriors claimed their three matches 8-1, 7-2, and 9-0.
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association's (ITA) No. 45-ranked NAIA singles participant took down the number four singles athletes from No. 11 Concordia (Calif.) (6-1, 6-0) on April 1 and third-ranked NCAA Division III Williams (Mass.) (6-1, 6-2) on April 2. Barnard then swept his number three singles opponent from Arizona Christian (6-0, 6-0) on April 5. On the year, Barnard possesses a 13-2 record in singles play.
Along with wingman Rodrigo Schaefer, Barnard amassed an unblemished week at number one doubles with victories over the ITA's No. 13-rated NAIA doubles tandem from Concordia (9-8 (7-2)), as well as the top doubles pairing from Williams (9-7). Barnard and Schaefer are the ITA's second-ranked doubles team in the NAIA.