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2013-04-27 ONU defeats St. Francis (IL) 5-0 for CCAC crown; earn way to 11th straight NAIA National Tournament
2013 CCAC Champs

ONU men's tennis won their second straight CCAC title and earned an 11th straight appearance to NAIA Nationals

ONU defeats St. Francis (Ill.) 5-0 for CCAC crown; on the way to 11th straight NAIA National Tournament

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

JOLIET, Ill. — The CCAC men’s tennis circuit has still known only one champion, the Olivet Nazarene University Tigers. Head Coach Andy Gibbs and the men’s team defeated Judson University (Ill.) 5-0 on Thursday to advance to the championship match on Saturday afternoon. The Saints of University of St. Francis (Ill.) awaited the Tigers, but ONU spared no time defeating the No. 1 seed in the tournament 5-0. The championship helps the Tigers earn a spot in the NAIA National Tournament, their 11th straight appearance.

Against Judson (5-11), ONU only needed two singles matches to secure the win. The No. 15-ranked ITA player Julian Kurz (Stuttgart, Germany) defeated John Mittvick by default. Josue Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) defeated Jesse Perez (6-1, 6-0).

In doubles, Olivet (10-10) took all three matches, losing only five sets. The No. 5-ranked ITA team of Julian Kurz and Diego Gonsalvez (San Luis Potosi, Mexico) won 8-3. Camilo Giraldo (Medellin, Colombia) and Landon Williams (Erie, Penn.) won 8-1. In the third doubles match, Josue Sanchez and Peter Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) defeated Andrew Moment and Isriz Balase 8-1.

In the Tigers’ championship match on Saturday, it was an opportunity to avenge a loss suffered earlier in the year to the Saints (17-7).  In singles, Kurz took out Alex Haizel (6-2, 6-1), and Landon Williams defeated Diego Mogrovejo (6-1, 6-0). All other singles matches went unfinished because the match was already decided.

In doubles, ONU was just as dominant. Kurz and Diego continued to play as they have all year, winning their 15th match of the season 8-3 over Haizel and Peshev. Giraldo and Williams defeated Stecher and Randall 8-3, and Sanchez and Jensen won 8-3.

ONU will begin postseason play on Tuesday, May 7, at the NCCAA National Championships in Mobile, Ala.