No. 3-seed Vanguard upset No. 2-seed Concordia 5-3 in the semifinals of the GSAC Women's Tennis Tournament to advance to the championship match vs. No. 1-seed Westmont. The finals will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, April 12, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
Vanguard began the match winning two out of three doubles. Juliet Labarthe and Michaele Sullivan beat Elizaveta Ignatova and Mona Piller 8-5 in the one spot, while Nina Pudar and Gabriele Alford narrowly defeated Ulrike Hahn and Summer Beaird 9-7 in the two spot. Caitlyn Uzzi and Kristin Lampe were the lone winners for Concordia in doubles at the three spot, beating Melanie Parker and Anita Taranto, 8-4.
The Lions increased their lead to 3-1 when Pudar defeated Hahn at number two singles (6-1, 6-2). Ellie Johnson got a point back for the Eagles at the five spot with a win over Parker (6-4, 6-2). Vanguard pulled ahead 4-2 at number three singles as Sullivan beat Piller (1-6, 6-3, 6-0). Uzzi kept the Eagles alive with a comeback win at number six singles over Taranto (3-6, 6-2, 6-4). Vanguard clinched the match with a win at number one singles as Lebarthe beat Ignatova (1-6, 6-4, 6-3).
NAIA No. 12-ranked Vanguard (11-14) now moves on to the GSAC Women's Tennis Championship match vs. No. 7 Westmont (16-2), who won in the other semifinal match 5-0 over Hope International. The winner will receive the GSAC's automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama, May 14-18. With the loss No. 9-ranked Concordia's record dropped to 9-11. The Eagles will await an at-large berth to nationals.