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Women's tennis clinches GSAC, men split matches

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This past Friday and Saturday featured Westmont’s men’s and women’s tennis teams taking on the Arizona teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), the Arizona Christian Firestorm, and the OUAZ Spirit.

Friday’s clash began first with the women quickly taking down the Firestorm 9-0. At first singles, Cade Pierson won 6-3, 6-0. At singles two was Isabel Lee, who won 6-2, 6-1. Taylor Cheung-Damonte also swept her opponent 6-2, 6-2, at singles three. Emily Peterson battled her way to a 6-2, 6-7(4), 10-6 victory at singles four. Rachal Jackson made quick work of her singles five opponent, winning 6-0 in both sets. Sidney Lowry lost only one game in route to a 6-1, 6-0 victory at singles six. Doubles proved no different for the women as Pierson and Cheung-Damonte won 8-1 at doubles one. The doubles two duo of Lee and Peterson triumphed 8-4, while doubles three Jackson and Zarina Huber topped off another sweep for the Warriors 8-1.

The men then took the court against the undefeated Firestorm. Westmont jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead by Doubles one (JT Joens and Joseph Hemry) and two (Jordan Strandness and Cory Stephens) winning 8-4 and 8-6 respectively. Matthew Alleman and Jason Wegner fell at Doubles three 3-8. Hemry then followed up the win at doubles with Westmont’s only singles point of the day by beating ACU’s Singles three 6-2, 6-4. Joens lost at Singles one 2-6, 2-6. Strandness fell at Singles two, 3-6, 2-6, and so did Stephens at Singles four. Alleman lost 4-6, 2-6 at Singles five, while Wegner fared no better, as he lost 2-6, 1-6. ACU won overall 6-3.

Less than twenty-four hours later, the men were up against the OUAZ Spirit, a team that swept them previously. Saturday was a completely different story as Joens rolled 6-1, 6-0 at ones. Strandness lost 6-3 and 6-2 at threes, but Stephens won in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Wegner grabbed the third singles point by winning 6-4, 6-3 at Singles 6. Alleman and Hemry were both in three set thrillers, but sadly they conceded the last two singles points as Alleman lost 6-4, 2-6, 4-6 at fives and Hemry’s comeback fell short 1-6, 6-3, 4-6 at singles two. With singles tied at three a piece, the Warriors had to obtain two doubles wins. However, they did one better and swept the doubles points. The Warriors triumphed 6-3 and avenged their loss in Arizona four weeks ago, improving their overall record to 5-8 and 4-5 in the GSAC.

Following the men’s victory, the women’s team entered its match already up 2-0 as the Spirit only had enough players for two doubles teams and five singles players. Westmont’s doubles one team of Pierson and Cheung-Damonte, as well as its doubles two team of Lee and Peterson did not drop a game, giving Westmont a 4-0 lead. The steamrolling continued as the same singles unit from Friday’s match for Westmont dropped a total of two games. Pierson, Lee, and Peterson all won their sets 6-0. Cheung-Damonte and Jackson both won 6-0, 6-1. This marked the women’s ninth 9-0 sweep of the season, giving them a 14-4 overall record and 11-0 in the GSAC. With the win, the women clinched the regular season GSAC championship and earned the #1 seed for the GSAC Tournament.


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