MOBILE, ALA. – The No. 20 Lawrence Technological (Mich.) University men's tennis team fell to No. 12 Westmont College (Calif.) 8-1 in the 2017 NAIA National Tournament opening round on Tuesday afternoon in Mobile, Alabama.
Lawrence Tech fell behind 2-1 after the doubles flights. Jan Horstkoetter and Mason Wenzel were the only two Blue Devils to come up with a win, taking down Tommy Nightingale and Austin Lee 8-5 at third doubles. At first doubles, Juan Bermudez and Javier Alvarez fell 8-3 to Philipp Sibbel and Christian Mathis while Vincent Colarossi and Stijn Bremer dropped second doubles to Luke Whalen and John Joens 8-6.
In singles action, the Warriors went undefeated, starting with Whalen at first singles who defeated Bermudez 6-3, 6-3. Alvarez fell 6-4, 7-5 at second singles while Horstkoetter was defeated 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3 singles.
Bremer took the first set at fourth singles 6-0 over Joens, but went on to fall 6-1 and 14-12 in the third set tie-breaker. At No. 5, Wenzel fell 6-3, 6-1 to Nightingale and Colarossi dropped his match at sixth singles 6-2, 6-4 to Luke Barnard.
The loss brings the Blue Devils' season to an end, but not before multiple milestones were achieved. Lawrence Tech finished 20-6 and celebrated many firsts this year, including an appearance in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship match as well as an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament.
The men's season is also highlighted by wins against (RV) Missouri Valley College (7-2), (RV) Davenport (Mich.) University (6-3), (20) Cornerstone (Mich.) University (7-2) and (17) Aquinas (Mich.) University (5-4).
"Our kids played a very good and well-coached #12 seed Westmont College team today and played admirable," stated head coach Steve Behmlander. "We learned a lot in regard to what it takes to win on the national level. We must crawl before we walk. It was a tough ending to a very successful season. We will return."
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