Tennis gets into the swing of things

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Both Westmont tennis teams entered last week looking for their first wins of the new season and achieved that against the University of Redlands. The victories came after both suffered a loss in their previous match, the women against NCAA Division I school UC Riverside and the men against NCAA Division II Azusa Pacific.

Against UC Riverside, Zarina Huber and Rachal Jackson were partnered together at Doubles 3. Unfortunately, their match ended in a 3-6 loss. At Doubles 2, Isabel Lee and Emily Peterson pulled off a hard fought 6-3 victory. With only one doubles point up for grabs, per NCAA rules, the Doubles 1 match was in the hands of Cade Pierson and Taylor Cheung-Damonte. However, they lost 5-7 and conceded the doubles point to the Highlanders.

Westmont looked to capitalize in the singles matches, but Lee lost 1-6, 1-6 at Singles 2 and Peterson lost 1-6, 2-6 at Singles 4. Huber then lost 1-6, 1-6 at Singles 6 and ultimately gave UC Riverside the victory. Play continued, however, as Pierson lost at Singles 1 4-6, 3-6. Cheung-Damonte lost at Singles 3 4-6, 0-6. Jackson was last to finish as she won a tight 3 set match 5-7, 7-5, 10-6. The final score was 1-6.

Next the women played the University of Redlands Bulldogs. No Doubles 3 match was played, but the same Doubles 1 and 2 teams won 8-5 and 8-3 respectively. The Warriors rolled into their singles matches, as Pierson quickly won 6-2, 6-0 and Lee won 6-4, 6-1. While, Peterson lost 3-6, 3-6, Cheung-Damonte won soon afterward 6-1, 7-6 (4). Then Jackson closed out her match 7-6. 6-3 as well as Huber who won 6-2, 7-6 (4) giving the Warriors a 7-1 victory, their first win of the season.

Last Wednesday, the Westmont men’s tennis team faced old rival and 2018 NCAA Division II National semi-finalists Azusa Pacific University Cougars. Senior co-captains Jordan Strandness and Corey Stephens started the men’s first official match of the season off with a 6-3 victory at Doubles 2. Westmont looked to win another doubles set to give them the coveted doubles point. However, Doubles 3 pair of Matt Alleman and freshman Jason Wegner lost 2-6, and Doubles 1 pair of JT Joens and freshman Joseph Hemry lost 4-6. At Singles 1, Strandness lost 2-6, 1-6. Soon after, Wegner lost in straight sets 2-6, 2-6 at Singles 5. Joens’ match finished next, as he lost 3-6, 4-6 at Singles 2. Stephens lost a tough two set battle 3-6, 5-7. Alleman, at Singles 6, split the first two sets 7-6 (3), 2-6 and fought hard through the third-set super-tiebreaker, but lost 8-10. Hemry also split the first two sets 6-4, 2-6. Unlike Alleman, a third set was played where Hemry lost 2-6. Ultimately, the Cougars were the better team as they won 7-0.

The men also played Redlands where they looked to bounce back from their loss a few days earlier. Coming out with the exact same lineup as before, Doubles 3 got the Warriors on the board early as they won 8-3. Joens and Hemry followed suit with an 8-5 victory. However, Redlands Doubles 2 pair prevented the doubles sweep as Strandness and Stephens fell 4-8. Westmont got off to a fast start with Hemry winning 6-3. 6-3, then Wegner 6-0, 6-4. Stephens lost 3-6, 2-6. Strandness was in a battle and unfortunately lost 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, but Joens won 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, giving Westmont its fifth point and the victory. Alleman lost 3-6, 3-6, but Westmont had already clinched the victory leaving the overall score 5-4.

Both the men’s and women’s teams play against Cal Lutheran at home today. The men’s match begins at 1 p.m. followed by the women’s match at 3 p.m.


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