Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) Moves on to the Championship
By Travis Rae, NAIA Communications and Sports Information Intern
MOBILE, Ala. – (Box Score) (Bracket) Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) has advanced to the championship match after defeating Vanguard (Calif.), 5-2, in the semifinals on Friday. Auburn Montgomery will be looking for its 10th national championship when they face Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in the title match at 10 a.m.
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“It’s a great feeling to go to the title match,” said Auburn Montgomery Head Coach Rolando Vargas. “We have been working hard all year and we have had a very competitive schedule all year. All the hard work has paid off. We played a really hard semifinals match against Vanguard, they are very good team.”
Vanguard dominated as Stefan Kilehofer and Rogers Muri took No. 1 doubles, 8-6. The Lions continued to win in doubles as Lucas Larsson and Robin Wagner claimed No. 2 doubles, 8-5. Auburn Montgomery salvaged one point in doubles as they won No. 3 doubles, 8-6.
“We stuck to our game plan and we didn’t play well in doubles but came out on fire in singles,” said Vargas. We have a tough match tomorrow against Embry-Riddle (Fla.) and it will come down to whoever wants it more tomorrow.”
Auburn Montgomery overcame the deficit in singles action as the Warhawks did not drop a set in singles against Vanguard. Pinones-Haltenhoff won No.1 singles, 6-2, 6-3 and the rest of the team followed suit. Zino Jonini claimed the match for Auburn Montgomery with his victory in No. 5 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5, moving the Warhawks into the championship match for the eighth time in fourteen appearances at the national championship, since the team format started in 2000.