Settling for second
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This past week, the men’s and women’s tennis teams played in the annual GSAC (Golden State Athletic Conference) tournament. Unfortunately, despite their tremendous efforts, both teams fell just short of winning the title.
On Thursday, the women’s team, who has an overall record of 9-11, took on Arizona Christian in the opening match of the tournament. The Warriors started their first match on a positive note and went 3-0 in doubles. The Warriors continued playing with the same intensity during singles, causing them to sweep Arizona Christian, 5-0 overall. Sophomore Cade Pierson who plays at the #2 position and freshman Taylor Cheung-Damonte who plays at the #6 position both won their matches, which led to a 5-0 sweep over the Firestorm. Even though the other games remained unfinished, they were destined to win as well.
Moving forward from that win, the Warriors played San Diego Christian on Friday during the championship match. After doubles, the Warriors were down 2-1. The #1 and #2 positions lost, while freshman Delaney Roche who plays at #5, Cheung-Damonte, and freshman Peyton Trebisky who plays at #3, all won their matches, which made it tied 4-4. In the final match, Westmont’s #4 seed lost, meaning a second place finish for the Warriors in the GSAC tournament.
“I think that overall the tournament went really well,” said Trebisky, “We swept Arizona which was really exciting considering the rivalry we have with them. Also, the first time we played them we dropped two matches, so to see our progress throughout the season is encouraging.”
She continued to say: “Our biggest strength is our bond as a team. We all love and support one another and that definitely translates onto the court. Our main weakness is probably just our youth. Our team is primarily freshmen, so we didn’t really know what to expect going into the GSAC Tournament. But on the bright side, we didn’t have any seniors this year so this is just the beginning and we will be even stronger going into next year.”
The men’s tennis team, with an overall record of 8-9, played against San Diego Christian in the GSAC semifinals. The Warriors were up 2-1 after doubles. Moving into singles, sophomore JT Joens who plays at #3, junior Jordan Strandness who plays at #5, and junior Corey Stephens who plays at #6, won their matches, leading the Warriors into the championship match.
During the championship match against the Arizona Christian Firestorm, the men’s team fell short of the winning the title. The Firestorm came in with intensity and had a lead of 2-1 over the Warriors after doubles play. The Firestorm continued that momentum into singles and eventually won the match.
The likelihood of both teams making it to Nationals is to be determined on Monday. The women’s team, ranked #15, and the men’s team, ranked #16, both hope to receive an at-large bid.