Westmont men excel at Ojai Tournament

Competing in the Men’s Independent College Division, Westmont had a strong showing on the first day at the 111th Ojai Valley Tournament. Three of four singles players advanced to the quarterfinals as did one of two doubles teams.

Westmont’s Carlos Lima, who is the top seed in the tournament, advance to the quarter finals with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Concordia’s Ryan McNamara and a 6-0, 6-1 win over Azusa Pacific’s Ben Eger. Lima will take on Fresno Pacific’s Jaime Canamares in the quarterfinals, which begin tomorrow morning at 8 at the Ojai Athletic Club.

Eighth-seeded Bryan Cox defeated Biola’s Brent Washington 6-2, 6-2 and then took down Bruno Santarelli of Concordia 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 16. He will face Janosh Apelt of Azusa Pacific in the quarterfinals.

Tiago Hayashi also recorded two wins, defeating Scott Gaynor of Cal State Stanislaus 6-2, 6-0 and Jochem Hoefnagles of Azusa Pacific 6-2, 6-4. His quarterfinal’s opponent will be Cledson Carvalho of Fresno Pacific.

Tim Göranson lost his first round match against Xavier Smith of Fresno Pacific, falling 6-4, 6-4.

Göranson and Kent Stormans teamed up to defeated Chase Dyer and Nick Tagliarino from Pomona-Pitzer in the opening round of doubles play. The Westmont duo won by a score of 6-0, 6-1. In the second round, however, Göranson and Stormans lost to K.C. Ensley and D.J. Jaehnig of Point Loma Nazarene by a score of 6-4, 7-5.

Cox and Lima are the number two seed in doubles action and were awarded a first round bye. In the second round, Cox and Lima swept Denis Mineav and Charlie Wyatt of Whittier 6-0, 6-0. Cox and Lima will face Carvalho and Nathan Martinet of Fresno Pacific in the quarterfinals tomorrow afternoon.