COSTA MESA, Calif. – Vanguard men's tennis owns the NAIA's longest current winning streak, having won 18-consecutive matches. Monday's victory over No. 12-ranked Lewis-Clark State College (Idaho) furthered the third-ranked Lions' cause of moving up in the national poll, as Vanguard blanked the Warriors 9-0 at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
The Pride started the day with singles' play and, consequentially, had the match won going into doubles.
Undefeated No. 1 Stefan Kilchhofer kept his streak alive, defeating Lewis-Clark State's Anders Tischer 6-2, 6-0, while No. 2 Roger Muri, who has not suffered a regular season loss since April of 2012 (25-straight), bested the Warriors' Sam Tozer 6-2, 6-2.
Kilchhofer, impressively, has not lost a set in his 18-0 singles' run.
At third individuals, Lukas "The Legend" Larsson (13-4) bested Lincoln Gay 6-4, 6-3 to give Vanguard a 3-0 edge in the match.
The fourth singles slate saw Vanguard's Robin Wagner emerge victorious over Quentin Wacquez and Yahor Kryvaruchka pulled off a tight point against Lewis-Clark's Alberto Sanz (7-6, 6-4).
Daymon Johnson had no problem in the sixth spot, easily taking down Haseeb Khan 6-0, 6-2.
"Lewis-Clark is a good team," head coach Mattias Johansson said. "My guys surprised me with their level of play all the way through the lineup. On the other hand, I feel that they have another level to bring out, if necessary."
Though the doubles' points were not needed to obtain the victory, the Lions sent a message with three-straight points to complete the shutout.
First doubles (Kilchhofer and Larsson) and second doubles (Muri and Wagner) each posted 8-1 triumphs, while Johnson and Kryvaruchka registered an 8-6 point in the third slot.
The Blue and Gold will face its final Golden State Athletic Conference opponent on Saturday, April 5th. Vanguard, who already clinched the GSAC regular season title, will host Arizona Christian at noon.