INDIAN WELLS, Calif, - Westmont (11-9) shut out the Eagles of Concordia 5-0 in the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Men's Tennis Tournament to earn a place in tomorrow's final. The Warriors will take on top-seeded and third-ranked Vanguard (20-0) at 10:00 a.m. in the championship game. The tournament is being conducted at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Westmont, the No. 2-seed in the tournament and ranked No. 5 in the NAIA, swept the doubles matches to take a 3-0 lead. Playing at number two, Rodrigo Schaefer and Joshua Barnard eased their way into the first point for the Warriors with an 8-2 victory over Micah Groom and Patrick Szeremeta.
The second point came at number one doubles where Tim Goranson and John Bertram notched an 8-5 win over Bruno Kliskinic and Christian Wickenhauser. Lukas Zielen and Travis Kimsey completed the sweep with an 8-5 win at number three over Marc Reddman and Farren Casad.
John and Tim have done a great job all year at number one and when Rodrigo and Josh have played together they have been a very formidable team. I'm thinking ahead for nationals. This may be our best combination of three teams."
Playing at number five and six singles respectively, Barnard and Nick Szyndlar secured the final two points needed for the victory. Barnard posted a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Szeremeta while Szyndlar won 6-2, 6-1 over Casad.
Zielen lost 6-0 in the first set at number four but was ahead 5-4 in the second set when it was suspended because Westmont had secured the necessary five points to win the match.
At number one, Goranson won the first set 7-5 over Kliskinic and led the second 4-3 before it was suspended. On the number two court, Schaefer took the first set 6-4 and led the second 4-3 over Wickenhauser. John Bertram lost the first set on court number three but was leading the second 4-3 over Marc Reddmann.
Tomorrow's championship match will determine the winner of the GSAC automatic qualification berth into the NAIA National Championship Tournament which will be held May 14-18 in Mobile, Alabama. The Lions won the first two meetings between the two teams by scores of 7-2 on February 16 and 6-3 on March 16. The loser of tomorrow's match, along with No. 10-ranked Concordia, is expected to receive an at-large berth.