INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – Vanguard men's tennis won its 21st consecutive match en route to the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship on Friday afternoon. The third-ranked Lions defeated fifth-ranked Westmont, 5-2, at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden to bring the 2013 trophy home to Costa Mesa.
The Pride garnered a 2-1 advantage in the match after its No. 1 and No. 3 duos defeated their Warriors' counterparts.
After Westmont earned the competition's first point, 8-2, at second doubles, Vanguard's Stefan Kilchhofer and Roger Muri tied the slate with an 8-3 victory over Time Goranson and John Bertram. Shortly after, Daymon Johnson and Yahor Kryvaruchka managed an 8-5 takedown of Westmont's Lukas Zielen and Travis Kimsey to give the Blue and Gold the important edge going into singles.
Muri posted Vanguard's initial individual win by way of Rodrigo Schaefer's retirement. No. 2 Muri was up 6-4, 2-0 when the Warriors' Schaefer was forced to retire due to a previously sustained injury.
Kilchhofer was next to complete his match, besting his 21st-straight opponent, Goranson, in straight sets (6-4, 6-0).
Westmont's Joshua Barnard tacked on another point for the Warriors at fifth singles to bring the match to 4-2, defeating Kryvaruchka 6-4, 6-3, but Vanguard's freshman sensation, Daymon Johnson, turned up the heat in the sixth spot to end the contest with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Westmont's Nicholas Szyndlar.
Vanguard earned the GSAC automatic bid to the NAIA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama, May 14-18. Westmont will wait to see if it receives an at-large berth to nationals.