Women's tennis finishes GSAC unbeaten
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This past Saturday, both the Westmont men’s and women’s tennis teams played new GSAC member Marymount University Mariners. Both Warriors teams had beaten the Mariners easily in their previous meeting and looked to do the same again.
The men started off the day with singles and Head Coach Mark Basham sent out a tweaked lineup from the past matches, giving other players an opportunity to shine. First-year Mark Polowczak obtained the first singles point at fives winning 6-3, 6-1. Strandness followed up with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, avenging his loss to Marymount’s singles two player four weeks prior. JT Joens finished soon after, winning 6-2, 6-2 at singles one. Ryan Chung then won 6-4, 6-2 at singles six. Singles four featured Matthew Alleman in a third set coming back from losing the first set 3-6 and then quickly taking the second set 6-1. However, his opponent picked up his game again and prevailed 1-6 in the third. Rounding out singles, Corey Stephens was in a battle at singles three. Unfortunately for the Warriors, Stephens fell 4-6, 6-2, 5-7.
Doubles matches were up next. Alleman and Jason Wegner took care of business at doubles three winning 8-1. Doubles two featured the new duo of Joens and Polowczak. The pair won 8-2. Moving from doubles two to doubles one for the day, Stephens and Strandness fought hard against the Mariners’ duo, but they could not find their rhythm and lost 3-8. This 6-3 win for the Warriors saw their conference record improve to 5-5. This week, the Warriors have two home matches against NCAA Division II school Biola on Thursday and NCAA Division I school UC Riverside before the Warriors head to Indian Wells for the GSAC Tournament, which begins on April 16.
The women came in with a perfect conference record, and that record stayed intact as the Warriors rolled through Marymount 9-0. Starting off with doubles, Zarina Huber and Rachal Jackson ran through their opponents 8-0 at doubles three. Isabel Lee and Emily Peterson were positioned at doubles two, easing through their match as well, winning 8-1. Doubles one featured more of a challenge for Cade Pierson and Taylor Cheung-Damonte, but they still handled things well as they closed out doubles play with a 8-4 win.
Singles got off to a rocky start for the Mariners, as Rachal Jackson’s singles five opponent and Cheung-Damonte’s opponent at singles three retired midway through the first set, conceding two singles points and the match was now 5-0 in favor of Westmont. Still, the rest of the matches went on. Lee finished with a 6-1, 6-0 victory at singles 2 and Peterson followed up with a 6-0, 6-0 win at singles four. Pierson at singles one and Sidney Lowry at singles six won their matches with the exact same score as Peterson. This win marks the first time the women’s team has gone undefeated in conference play since 2013. The Warriors will play against old GSAC rival Biola (Thursday) and NCAA DI school UC Irvine (Friday), both at home, before going to Indian Wells for the GSAC Tournament, which also begins on April 16.