INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – NAIA No. 3-ranked Vanguard kept its 20-match winning streak alive with a 5-0 win over Hope International in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Championship on Thursday at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Doubles' play lasted less than an hour as the Lions pulled off three one-sided points.
Vanguard's No. 1 duo, Stefan Kilchhofer and Roger Muri, put the Pride on the board first with an 8-0 victory over the Royals' John-Douglas Owens and Leonardo Pires.
Yahor Kryvrauchka and Daymon Johnson were next to finish, outplaying Hope's number threes, Jake Barnard and Tyler McDonald, 8-3.
The Blue and Gold's Lukas Larsson and Robin Wagner wrapped pairs' play with an 8-2 take-down of Enzo Correa and Thiago Brito at No. 2 pairs.
With just two points needed to secure a spot in the championship match, due to the modified tournament rules, the Lions had all cylinders firing in individual play.
No. 5 Kryvaruchka looked as though he would speed through his singles' slate, going up 6-1 in the first set over Hope International's McDonald, but No. 1 Kilchhofer (def. Owens 6-0, 6-0) and No. 6 Johnson (def. Thiago 6-1, 6-0) inevitably beat him to the punch line to give Vanguard the win.
Vanguard is undefeated in 2013 with a record of 20-0.
The Pride will face second-seeded Westmont in Friday's GSAC Championship match. The final is scheduled for 10:00am.