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Stefan Kilchhofer
Men's Tennis - Sat, Feb. 16, 2013

COSTA MESA, Calif. – The third-ranked Vanguard men's tennis team extended its 2013 winning streak (4-0 / 3-0 GSAC) with a 7-2 victory over seventh-ranked Westmont on Saturday at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.

"Westmont is the best team we have played so far," head coach Mattias Johansson said. "They also just came off of an 8-1 win over No. 5 Concordia, so this was definitely a good test for us. For the most part, I am very pleased with the guys. I don't think we played our best tennis, but we fought hard and got some wins that way."

Freshman Stefan Kilchhofer bested Westmont's Tim Goranson (6-4, 6-2) in the No. 1 slot to remain undefeated at 4-0 in singles play on the season. All four of Kilchhofer's victories have come in Vanguard's number one position.

The Lions' sophomore Roger Muri, who is also unbeaten in 2013, earned his fourth No. 2 singles win over Rodrigo Schaefer in three sets, dropping the first 3-6 before roaring back in the second and third (6-3, 6-4) to claim the point for the Pride. Muri has yet to lose in doubles play, either.

Westmont's John Bertram posted the Warrior's lone individual point with a tight three-set (3-6, 6-4, 7-6) win over Vanguard's Lukas Larsson in the third slate, but the Lions' senior No. 4 Robin Wagner picked up the slack with his 6-4, 6-1 take down of Westmont's Joshua Bernard.

In fifth and sixth singles senior Yahor Kryvaruchka and freshman Daymon Johnson emerged victorious over their Warrior counterparts to give the Blue and Gold a big 5-1 advantage heading into doubles' play.

In pairs play, the Warriors' Goranson and Bertram handed Kilchhofer and Larsson their first doubles' loss of the season 8-3. Muri and Rosiak, however, kept their four-match streak alive with an 8-3 performance against Schaefer and Travis Kimsey.

Vanguard's No. 3 duo, Johnson and Kryvaruchka, rounded out the order with an 8-5 win in the final match of the day.