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Saints Win Regional, Advance to Nationals

05/02/2011 – The men's tennis team won a pair of matches over the weekend to advance them to the NAIA National Championships in Mobile, Alabama. The Saints improved to 24-3 on the season and will now set their sights on Nationals that will be contested on two weeks.

On Friday, Aquinas made quick work of St. Ambrose 5-0. The championship match on Saturday featured Midwest tennis powers #14 Aquinas and #19 Olivet Nazarene. The Saints prevailed 5-4 on the strength of winning four of the singles matches.

Aquinas 5, Olivet Nazarene 4
Apr 30, 2011 at Lockport, Ill. (Lockport HS)

Singles competition
1. Aaron Hendrick (AQ) def. Julian Kurz (ON) 3-6, 6-1, 6-0
2. Nik Artaev (AQ) def. Sebastian Esquenti (ON) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
3. Diego Gonsalvez (ON)def. Kyle Masteller (AQ) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. Landon Williams (ON) def. Travis Wolf (AQ) 6-1, 7-6 (7-2)
5. John Telfer (AQ) def. Hugo Moriya (ON) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
6. Michael Sendor (AQ) def. Josue Sanchez (ON) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Julian Kurz/Landon Williams (ON) def. Nik Artaev/Aaron Hendrick (AQ) 8-4
2. Sebastian Esquenti/Diego Gonsalvez (ON) def. Kyle Masteller/Brendan Petz (AQ) 8-6
3. John Telfer/Travis Wolf (AQ) def. Hugo Moriya/Josue Sanchez (ON) 8-5

The NAIA National Competition begins on May 17 and runs through May 21st in Mobile, Alabama.

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