INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Vanguard defeated Concordia 5-0 in the finals to win the GSAC Men's Tennis Tournament Championship.
Daymon Johnson, Vanguard's No. 4 singles player, sealed the Lions' victory with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Concordia's Severin Diemand. Johnson previously accomplished the same tournament-ending feat as a freshman when the Blue and Gold took down Westmont to claim the 2013 GSAC championship.
Finishing individual play first was newcomer Michael Rjazanov (SO/Berlin, Germany). He worked quickly for the second-straight day to defeat his No. 6 counterpart. He has not lost in 2014.
In doubles play, Vanguard outmatched Concordia in all three spots.
Number twos Justin Seller and Miguel Saiz Perez were the first Lions' pair to post a point, beating Concordia's Kaimalu Cope and Diemand 8-2. Just behind the twos were Vanguard's No. 1's Roger Muri and Stefan Kilchhofer who posted another 8-2 triumph. The third conquest went to The Pride's Johnson and Filip Burnac who had success against Moritz Pronath and Hayden Hensley.
The Vanguard women also claimed the crown on the day, marking the first time in program history that both Lions' tennis teams have swept the GSAC regular season and tournament championships in the same year. Furthermore, each squad went undefeated against league opponents to move head coach Mattias Johansson's combined 2014 GSAC coaching mark to 24-0.
Vanguard earns the GSAC's automatic bid to the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship, which will be played at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama, May 13-17. Other GSAC teams await at-large berths, which will be announced May 6.
For complete tournament information, go to GSAC Men's Tennis Championship.