OJAI, Calif. -- Lewis & Clark seniors Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows were eliminated just shy of the doubles final at The Ojai 118th Annual Tournament at Ojai Valley Tennis Club on Friday and Saturday.
The pair, which was recently named the Joe Huston Male Athletes of the Year for Lewis & Clark, lost in the semifinals, 8-3, to Caltech's Varun Shanker and James Wei in a matchup of regionally-ranked teams. Entering the event, Gordon Barrows and Brenden Barrows were ranked 23rd nationally and sixth in the West Region according to the Oracle/ITA Division III Men's Rankings released on Apr. 26. Shanker and Wei were eighth in the region.
The Barrowses defeated Northwest Conference opponents Alex Namba and Payton Namba in the quarterfinals, 8-3. Lewis & Clark's duo was seeded third in the tournament and opened up with an 8-3 win over Len Kamemoto and Mathew Mead of Chapman in the round of 16.
"The Barrowses did well to hold court in doubles," said Lewis & Clark assistant Jimmy Chau. "They kept the pressure on throughout to make the Chapman team come up with great shots to win points. The boys played high percentage tennis to get out of the first round."
On the singles side, Gordon Barrows progressed the furthest, reaching the round of 16 after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Hunter Kettering of Whittier in the round of 32. Barrows lost to No. 2 seed Jed Kronenberg of Pomona-Pitzer, 6-1, 6-0.
"While Gordon returned served really well to keep Jed off balance at times, Jed was simply that much better from the baseline," said Chau. "Defending well and going on offense from every part of the backcourt, Jed didn't give Gordon enough looks to control play."
Top seed Nikolai Parodi of Claremont Mudd-Scripps beat Brenden Barrows, 6-3, 6-2, in the opening round.
Lewis & Clark will await the NCAA Division III Tennis Championship individual selections on May 9 to see if the Barrowses will qualify for the doubles national tournament.