Women’s tennis battles against Cal State LA
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After a 0-7 loss to Cal State Northridge on January 26, the Westmont women’s tennis team looked to bounce back against another tough opponent, NCAA Division 2 school Cal State LA on Friday. Last year, the Warriors triumphed over the Golden Eagles in stellar fashion thanks to Taylor Cheung-Damonte finishing off an epic three set match at singles 6. But, the Warriors were unable to repeat the feat this year, losing 2-7.
While the weather forecast was grim, the Warriors and the Golden Eagles were able to play. Westmont’s small roster will be asking the three first-years — Sidney Lowry, Emily Peterson, and Rachel Jackson—to step up big time as they fill up three spots on the seven-player team. Peterson was paired up with senior Zarina Huber at Doubles 3, but the duo was no match for Cal State LA’s Doubles 3. At Doubles 2, Cheung-Damonte and Cade Pierson were put together just like last year, but they too fell with a score of 3-6. Senior Isabel Lee and Lowry were unable to claim a doubles point for the Warriors as they lost at Doubles 1 4-6. Competitive matches to say the least, but the Golden Eagles were seeking revenge for last year’s loss.
The singles portion of the match was next, and the Warriors looked to turn the match around. First to finish was Singles 3, as Cheung-Damonte fell 0-6, 0-6. Soon after, Jackson lost 1-6, 1-6, at Singles 6. While Cal State LA had wrapped up the victory already, the rest of the singles matches played on. At Singles 5, Lowry put up a good fight, but was unable to gain a singles point for Westmont as she lost 2-6, 3-6. Still in a heated battle were Peterson at Singles 4, Lee at Singles 2, and Pierson at Singles 1. Peterson’s match was the next to finish as she won 7-6 (7-0), 6-1. Taking the opening set tiebreaker by storm turned the momentum in her favor and she ran with that to give Westmont its first point of the day. After splitting the first two sets 6-4, 4-6, Lee found herself fighting in a third set super-tiebreaker. Playing inspired tennis, Lee pulled out the tiebreaker with a score of 10-7, giving Westmont another point. Pierson was still in her second set at Singles 1. Already having dropped the first set 4-6, Pierson tried to force a third set super-tiebreaker of her own. However, that would not be the case as her opponent pulled out a hard fought second set giving the Golden Eagles their fifth point of the match and handing the Warriors their second loss of the season. Even though Westmont lost 2-7, they have a lot to be proud of.
Their next match would have been against Pomona-Pitzer the next day, but the match was postponed due to weather. The women will next face NCAA Division school UC Riverside this Friday.