Catching the Roadbug
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This past weekend, the Warriors’ tennis teams headed south to San Diego where they faced off against Point Loma on Friday followed by their first conference match of the season against San Diego Christian.
For the women, Point Loma was coming in with a 5-2 record, while the Warriors had a 3-1 record. Friday was just not the Warriors’ day as they were swept 0-9 by the Sea Lions. In singles, Point Loma won in straight-sets for all their matches. Doubles showcased tighter match play with Cade Pierson and Taylor Cheung-Damonte pushing Point Loma’s number one doubles team to 5-8, and Delaney Roche and Tatum Phillips pushed number three doubles to 6-8.
The next day the women faced off against San Diego Christian, the number eight nationally ranked team in NAIA. Doubles one, Pierson and Cheung-Damonte, and two, Isabel Lee and Zarina Huber, struggled as they lost 1-8 and 2-8 respectively. Doubles three, Roche and Phillips, came up big winning with relative ease 8-2. Being only down 1-2 in doubles the women hoped to find their stride in singles. However, the eighth ranked team was just too much for them as Roche pulled off the only Warriors’ singles win at number five 6-0, 6-1 and making the score 2-7.
Coming off a win over Ottawa University in Arizona last weekend, the men looked to keep the momentum going against Point Loma. The match as a whole was a battle. Doubles one, JT Joens and Miles Hale, conceded the only doubles point to the Sea Lions losing 3-8. Doubles two, Christian Mathis and Luke Whalen, and three, Jordan Strandness and Corey Stephens, won their matches 8-6 and 8-7 respectively. In singles, Mathis, Strandness, and Stephens lost in straight sets. Whalen pulled off an impressive three set win 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 as well as Joens 7-5, 2-6, 6-2. Hale had a tough three set loss at number four singles 7-6, 5-7, 1-6 meaning the Warriors lost by a narrow margin 4-5.
Going into Saturday’s match, Coach Basham remarked “I think San Diego Christian is slightly stronger than last season” and he expected another challenging match. All matches were tight that day as the Warriors went up 2-1 in doubles with Joens and Austin Lee winning 8-6 and Strandness and Stephens winning 8-4. The singles matches were intense as all but singles one and six went three sets. Mathis, singles one, lost in straight sets while Lee, singles six, won in straight sets. Next to finish was Strandness, singles four, who lost 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 followed by Joens who lost a close three setter 6-2, 4-6, 6-7. Stephens, singles five, pulled out a tough three setter 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 tying the overall score at 4-4. Whalen found himself in another third set battle, but could not get the job done as he fell at number two singles 5-7, 6-0, 2-6 giving San Diego Christian the win.
The men and women both play Hope International next on Saturday.