Men win, women lose to SDCC
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The final match of the GSAC season for Warriors' tennis was this past Saturday, as well as Senior Day for luke Whalen, Christian Mathis, and Austin Lee. First up on the day were the women as they took on San Diego Christian, a team they lost to 2-7 the last time they faced off.
At Singles #1, Isabel Lee lost a tough three setter 7-5, 0-6, 1-6. Playing at Singles #2 was Cade Pierson, who lost 4-6, 2-4. Peyton Trebisky played at Singles #3 where she won 6-2, 7-6 (7-3). Tatum Phillips lost at Singles #4, 3-6, 3-6, while Delaney Roche won her match at Singles #5 6-2, 6-1. Taylor Cheung-Damonte won at Sin- gles #6, 6-1, 6-1. With lee’s singles match the last to finish,this left the score tied up at three apiece going into doubles. The strong serving by SDU’s doubles #1 was too much for Lee and Trebisky, as they lost 5-8. Pierson and Cheung-Damonte couldn’t find a rhythm at Doubles #2 as they lost 2-8. Phillips and Roche pulled off the only doubles win at #3 winning 8-3, but it was not enough for the Warriors, who lost 4-5. A tough loss for the women, but Coach Ellie Johnson is looking forward to getting back at San Di- ego Christian where they hope to compete against the Hawks once again during the GSAC Tournament.
Entering this matchup, San Diego Christian pulled off an upset against Arizona Christian 6-3, a team that Westmont has not had much success against this season. The last time the 14th ranked San Diego Christian Hawks and the 16th ranked Westmont Warriors clashed, the Hawks came out on top 5-4. out of the gate, the Warriors came out aggressive and swept the doubles matches with Mathis and Miles Hale winning 8-4 at Doubles 1, Whalen and JT Joens won 9-7 (5) at Doubles 2, and Corey Stephens and Jordan Strandness won 8-6 at Doubles 3.
“[Mathis] set the tone for all three of our doubles win” stat- ed Coach Mark Basham, “constantly cheering on his team- mates and playing with great energy and intensity.” Carrying over the energy into singles, Joens finished first at Singles #3 winning 6-1, 6-3. Stephens won next at Singles #6 6-2, 6-3 followed by Singles #5 Strandness winning 6-2, 6-2. At Singles #2, Mathis won 7-6, 6-2. Hale lost at Singles #4 3-6, 7-6 (3), 5-10, as well as Whalen at Singles #1 6-3, 6-7 (6), 5-10.
Overall, the Warriors pulled off an impressive win over the Hawks 7-2. These two schools will play again tomorrow (Thursday) at the GSAC Tournament, where the winner will most likely play Arizona Christian as well as have a better chance of getting a bid into the NAIA National Tournament.