Men's Tennis Falls at National Tournament
MOBILE, Ala. – Asbury men’s tennis fell to No. 12 Aquinas 9-0 at the NAIA National Tournament on Tuesday, losing in the first round in back-to-back years as the No. 21 seed. The Eagles were making only their second appearance since the team format was introduced starting with the 2000 event.
Asbury wraps up the season at 16-4, the most wins in school history and have won 30 matches in the past two seasons. Aquinas will take on No. 9 Bethany College (Kansas) tomorrow in the Round of 16.
The Eagles won a total of 37 games this year, including taking at set at number five singles, they only won 27 games a year ago against Concordia (Calif.). Just Westlund claimed the lone set win despite losing 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 to Frankie Fischer. Scott Layton nearly forced a third set at number two singles, losing to Nik Artaev 6-2, 7-6.
In doubles Layton and Nathan Schley had a strong showing despite falling 8-6 to Aaron Hendrick and Nik Artaev, the 10th-rnaked doubles team in NAIA.
Asbury loses only one member from the team in senior James Banter and has seven sophomores on the team that will look for their third straight KIAC title and bid to the NAIA tournament in 2013-14.