MOBILE, Ala. -- The Lindsey Wilson College men's tennis team's season ended today in a 5-3 loss to Vanguard (Calif.) University in the second round of the NAIA National Championships at the Mobile Tennis Center.
The No. 11-seeded Blue Raiders close out the season with a 19-6 record. Sixth-seeded Vanguard (15-10) moves into the national quarterfinals against No. 3-seed Oklahoma Christian University on Thursday.
Lindsey Wilson fell just short of an improbable comeback after Vanguard sprinted out to a 3-0 lead with a sweep of the doubles action.
The Lions' top doubles team of Yahor Kryvaruchka and Robin Wagner opened the team match with an 8-4 win over Fernando Bogajo and Fredrik Graaner for the 1-0 lead.
The NAIA's 17th ranked doubles team of Lukas Larsson and Roger Muri followed with an 8-6 win over Victor Saez and Marlon Dal Pont in the third-seeded doubles match.
Vanguard completed the doubles sweep as Lucas Pereira and Radek Rosiak won the No. 2-seeded doubles match 9-8 -- winning 8-6 in the tiebreak -- over Fabricio Morales and Gilles Cornelis.
Despite trailing 3-0, Lindsey Wilson refused to go quietly.
Needing to win five of the six singles matches in order to advance to the quarterfinals, Lindsey Wilson won the first set in all six matches.
Dal Pont, Bogajo and Morales all won in straight sets to quickly even the team match at 3-3.
Dal Pont earned the first Blue Raider point of the day with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Rosiak in the No. 6 singles match.
Bogajo and Morales both won matches over ranked foes as each dropped just seven games in the win.
Bogajo -- ranked No. 21 in the NAIA -- beat 11th ranked Pereira 6-3, 6-4 in the top singles match to end his freshman season with a 19-5 singles record. No. 45-ranked Morales handed No. 43-ranked Muri a 6-4, 6-3 loss in the second-seeded match to improved to 23-2 on the season.
Larsson ended the Blue Raider run with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Cornelis in the fifth singles match to inch the Lions within a point of the win.
Kryvaruchka -- ranked No. 31 in the NAIA -- closed out the match with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Pablo Vilches in the third-seeded singles match.
The remaining match -- Saez led 3-2 in the third set over Wagner -- was stopped once Vanguard claimed its fifth point.