The 2014 GSAC Tournament has begun with a terrific start for the No. 11 Concordia men's tennis team in Indian Wells, CA at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The first match up of the tournament for Concordia fell on April 15 against Hope International University in the first roudn. The men came out to play in the singles competition with junior Kaimalu Cope (JR/Captain Cook, HI) leading the way for the Eagles in his match against Michael Maiolo. Cope took the first set without allowing a point to be scored ending at 6-0. Leading into the second set of the match, Cope earned the match victory ending the set at 6-1. Senior Farren Casad (SR/Salinas, CA) found a similar rhythm against his opponent Enzo Correa. At the end of the first set Casad shut out Correa 6-0. With the dominating lead, Casad finished off the second set and took the match victory at 6-2. The rest of the singles competition was left unfinished between the Concordia and Hope athletes.
Earlier the doubles competition began, junior No. 11 ITA Christian Wickenhauser (JR/Stuttgart, Germany)/senior Jan Guler (SR/Immensee, Switzerland) teamed up against Owens/Correa to take the victory 8-1. Cope/freshman Severin Diemand (FR/Mumliswil, Switzerland) followed suit by defeating Grosso/Arriola 8-1. Sophomore Mortiz Pronath/freshman Hayden Hensley (FR/Temecula, CA) battled against their opponents Brito/Maiolo, but rallied together for the final victory of the day 8-5.
Hope International fell to an overall record of 3-19. Concordia improved to 10-8.
At the start of the next day, the men prepared for the semifinal round against #5 Westmont College.
Westmont started with a good lead of the Eagles taking the top two slots in the singles competition against Guler and Diemand. #45 ITA Pronath buckled down for the Eagles as he took on John Bertram ending the match with a 6-4, 6-4 victory putting Concordia on the board. Wickenhauser took charge with a well earned win against Tim Goranson ending the first set after a long battle 7-6 (7-5). In the second set Wickenhauser put away the match 6-3.
The Warriors Kimsey/Szyndlar could not hold off Pronath/Hensley as they took the fifth victory for the Eagles 8-4 in doubles.
As the competition continued, the Eagles pulled away from Westmont in the final two singles match ups. Cope had a tough rally finding an open spot on the court against Travis Kimsey in the first set, but took the set 7-6 (7-5). The second set was put away after a quick battle 6-4. Hensley wrapped up the singles competition for the Eagles with the first three set match in the tournament. Hensley took away the first match 7-5, but his opponent Nicholas Szyndlar rallied back in the second set taking it 3-6. With the match all tied up, Hensley narrowed his vision to find the perfect placements on the court to take the win 6-3.
Concordia ended the match against Westmont with a huge upset and earning the 5-4 win. The Eagles move to an 11-8 record, at a #12 national ranking. The #5 national ranked Westmont fell to a 14-6 record. With the upset and superb performance by the Eagles, they earned a place in the finals against #4 Vanguard today, April 17. Watch the live stats at http://www.westmont.edu/ftp/ronsmith/GSACTennis/2014/GSACMen5/xlive.htm.
The Concordia men were recently ranked nationally in the latest ITA rankings:
Moritz Pronath (SO/Heilsbronn, Germany)