COSTA MESA, Calif. – No. 4 Vanguard (17-4) men's tennis advanced to its second-consecutive Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Wednesday afternoon with a dazzling 5-0 victory over Biola (9-16) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Top-seeded Vanguard has won 11-straight matches against GSAC opponents in 2014. The Lions have not lost a league slate in two seasons (2013 & 2014).
Vanguard and Biola started the day with pairs play where the Lions' number ones (Kilchhofer/Roger Muri (JR/Zurich, Switzerland)) and number threes (Daymon Johnson (SO/Bakersfield, CA)/Filip Burnac (SO/Luzern, Switzerland)) tallied easy 8-2 wins over their Eagles' challengers.
The No. 2 pairing, however, was not as simple as Biola's Lee and Luke Mountain took Miguel Saiz Perez (JR/Madrid, Spain) and Justin Seller (JR/Gold Coast, Australia) down to the wire, before falling 9-7 to give Vanguard a 3-0 edge heading into individual action.
Stefan Kilchhofer (SO/Basel, Switzerland) and Michael Rjazamov both held fast and added to their unblemished marks in singles play, garnering the matches' deciding victories in the No. 1 and No. 6 pairings, respectively.
Kilchhofer moves to 20-0 with his 6-0, 6-0 trouncing of Biola's Lucas Lee, while the 21-0 Rjazanov posted a 6-1, 6-0 win to secure the Blue and Gold's championship berth.
No. 3-seed Concordia fought its way into the title match, coming from behind to upset second-seed Westmont 5-4. The match came down to the No. 6 singles pairing, where Concordia's player won in three sets.
The GSAC championship match will begin at 9:00 am on Thursday.