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2013-05-14 No. 21 falls to No. 13 William Carey, 5-4, in NAIA National Tournament First Round
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ONU played in their 11th straight NAIA National Tournament on Tuesday

No. 21 falls to No. 13 William Carey, 5-4, in NAIA National Tournament First Round

Author: Nick Birkey
Posted: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 2:19 PM

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.