Playing in the 113th Annual Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament, No. 4-ranked Westmont Men's Tennis claimed the team title while winning both the singles and doubles championships of the Independent College Division. Rodrigo Schaefer won the all-Westmont championship match in the singles bracket, defeating teammate Josh Barnard 6-1, 6-0.
Barnard and Schaefer then teamed up in the afternoon to win the doubles bracket, defeating Bo Brynteson and Sam Farmer of Whittier 6-3, 4-6, (10-7) in dramatic fashion.
Schaefer started the singles tournament by defeating Chris Evans of Biola 6-2, 6-1 in the round of 16 and then went on to defeat Westmont teammate Nick Szyndlar in the quarterfinals by a score of 6-0, 6-1. Szyndlar had reached the quarterfinals by virtue of a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Tyler McDonald of Hope International.
In the semifinals, Schaefer lost the first set 6-3 to Chris Goetz of UC Santa Cruz but rebounded to take the second set 7-6 (6). Schaefer took control in the third set and won 6-1.
Barnard won his round of 16 match over Jonathan Kim of Pomona-Pitzer by a score of 6-1, 6-1. In the quarterfinals, he defeated Brynteson 7-5, 6-0. In the semifinals, Barnard defeated David Mossman of Biola 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the championship game.
In the doubles bracket, Szyndlar and Travis Kimsey posted a 6-1, 6-2 quarterfinals win over Hope International's McDonald and Jake Barnard - cousin to Westmont's Josh Barnard. In the semifinals, Kimsey and Szyndlar suffered a 6-4, 6-3 loss to Brynteson and Farmer.
Schaefer and Barnard won their quarterfinals match 6-2, 6-1, defeating Kim and Sam Crawford of Pomona-Pitzer. In the semifinals, Barnard and Schaefer knocked off J.D. Owens and Leo Pires of Hope International 6-3, 6-2.
In the championship match of the doubles tournament, Schaefer and Barnard claimed the first set with a 6-3 win. However, Brynteson and Farmer roared back with a 6-4 win to tie the set at one match each.
Under tournament rules, a super-tiebreak was played to determine the third set and the doubles champion. Brynteson and Farmer won the first six points and appeared to have the championship wrapped up. But Schaefer and Barnard roared back with six straight points of their own to force a 6-6 tie. After the Whittier pair scored their seventh point, Schaefer and Barnard scored the next four in a row to earn the championship. The final point came on an ace serve by Schaefer.
Westmont will take a break for finals before heading off to the NAIA National Tennis Championships in Mobile, Alabama. The tournament runs from May 14-18.