MOBILE, Ala. — After reaching their 11th straight
NAIA National Tournament, the No. 21-ranked Olivet Nazarene University Tigers were ready to reach the second round. However, the No. 13 William Carey University
(Miss.) Crusaders stood in their way. Head Coach Andy Gibbs and the Tigers eventually fell 5-4 to the
higher-seeded team and failed to advance to the second round.
William Carey (9-5) put away the Tigers in three of six
singles matches. The Tigers’ number one Julian
Kurz (Stuttgart, Germany) defeated Jody Claassen (7-5, 6-4). Senior Diego Gonsalvez (San Luis Potosi, Mexico)
lost in a classic to Marthinius Visser [(6-7 (5-7), 7-6, 7-4, 6-2)]. Camilo Giraldo (Medellin, Colombia) fell
to Robin Semal (6-2, 6-2). Landon
Williams (Erie, Pa.) defeated Jose Ruda (6-1, 6-2). Senior Josue Sanchez (Morelia, Mexico) lost to
Florian Freese (6-3, 6-0). Sophomore Peter
Jensen (Yuba City, Calif.) defeated Anton Klochkov (6-2, 6-2).
In doubles, the Tigers were able to gain one point. The No.
5-ranked ITA team of Julian Kurz and Diego Gonsalvez fell to Marthinius Visser
and Robin Semal 8-5. Camilo Giraldo and Landon Williams defeated Jose Ruda and
Florian Freese and won 8-4. Josue Sanchez and Peter Jensen lost 8-1 to Jody
Claassen and Anton Klochkov.
ONU finished the season with an 11-13 record and with a CCAC
Tournament Championship. The Tigers' loss concludes the careers of seven Tiger
seniors, including the four who competed in the national tournament match.