MOBILE, Ala. - Westmont (12-10) insured a return to the NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship quarterfinals with a 5-1 win over No. 13 William Carey of Mississippi (8-6) in second round action. The Warriors have reached the quarterfinals every year since 2010.
Westmont, seeded at number four, took two out of three doubles matches then posted three singles wins to claim the victory.
"We came all this way and wanted to make sure that our guys were ready mentally," said Westmont head coach Mark Basham, referring to the tournament's location in Mobile, Alabama. "I thought we did a really good job keeping our composure."
Westmont's Rodrigo Schaefer and Joshua Barnard claimed the first Warrior point with an 8-0 shutout of Jose Ruda and Florian Freese at number two doubles. Tim Goranson and John Bertram followed with an 8-2 win at number one over William Carey's Marthinius Visser and Robin Semal.
At number three, Jody Claassen and Anton Klochkov claimed William Carey's only point with an 8-3 victory over Lukas Zielen and Travis Kimsey.
Zielen responded by posting a 6-2, 6-0 win at number five singles over Klochkov to give Westmont a 3-1 advantage. Bertram and Barnard finished up the match by winning on courts three and four respectively. Barnard won by a score of 6-3, 6-2 over Semal while Bertram claimed a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Freese.
The Warriors will match up against No. 12-ranked Aquinas (Mich.) in tomorrow's quarterfinal game beginning at 9:00 a.m. CDT (7:00 a.m. PDT). Aquinas advanced by upsetting No. 5-seed Bethany of Kansas (25-4) by a score of 5-2.