Mobile, Ala. - Marthinius Visser's thrilling three set win lifted William Carey past Olivet Nazarene 5-4 in day one action of the 2013 NAIA Men's Tennis National Championship at the Mobile Tennis Center.
The Crusaders got off to a good start in double action as Visser and Robin Semal defeated Julian Kurz and Diego Gonsalvez 8-5 and Anton Klochkov and Jody Claassen picked up an 8-1 win in court three doubles over Peter Jensen and Josue Sanchez to put WCU up 2-1.
In singles, Olivet Nazarene picked up wins on court 1, 4, and 6 to tie the match at 4-4 and set the stage for Visser on court two single. The first set went to Diego Gonsalvez, 7-6 (7-5) but Visser took set two, 7-6 (7-4), before coming away with a 6-2 win in set three to claim the victory for WCU.
William Carey advances to play four-seed Westmont (Calif.) in round two on Wednesday.