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Wesleyan players reach finals
KALAMAZOO, MICH. -- North Carolina Wesleyan College’s Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak became the first tennis duo in program history to play for the NCAA Division III National Championship last Saturday afternoon, but the Bishops would come up just short versus Emory en route to a runner-up finish.

Kjellberg, a junior from Sweden, and Prostak, a senior from Belarus, advanced to the National Championship match with a straight-set win over Washington & Lee’s Michael Holt and Taylor Shamshiri (6-3, 7-6).

The victory avenged a pair of losses to Holt/Shamshiri earlier in the season, and gave Kjellberg/Prostak the new program-record for doubles wins in a season with 23. (Kjellberg also set the program-record for singles wins with 31 this season.)

Ironically, the tables turned on the Bishops in the title match as they took on Emory’s Elliot Kahler and Ian Wagner, whom they held a 2-0 record against this season. 

Like Kjellberg/Prostak in the semifinal, Kahler/Wagner were able to avenge those losses with a straight-set win (7-6, 6-1) to secure the National Championship for the Eagles.

Both All-Americans, Kjellberg and Prostak have now completed what will likely be considered the best individual seasons in program history.

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