By Christy Cain
The Westmont women’s tennis team will kick off their 2015 season this weekend against UC Santa Cruz at home on the Abbott Tennis Courts. The Warriors are in their second season under head coach Kendyll McManigal. With seven players who have significant experience under their belts, it looks to be a very exciting season.
“Last year was my first year as head coach so I think that I did not quite know what to expect about how we would do or all the responsibilities that come with being a head coach” opened Westmont alumna and head coach Kendyll McManigal. “All of that being said, I think last year was a great year for us– it was just a building year. We finished 11th in the NAIA and second in the Golden State Athletic Conference which are really good end results, but our record was 12-13 after Nationals. A lot of this had to do with the fact that I scheduled many hard matches as a first year coach. We played University of the Pacific, CSU Northridge twice, Lynn (one of the best Division II teams), Middlebury, Azusa Pacific and Point Loma. I have this belief that we need to play great teams in order to be prepared for our harder competition, but with that came some highs and lows. We gained a lot of experience and in turn, we gained confidence in our ability to overcome difficulties.”
This season, the women still have a highly competitive schedule of play, but not such an overwhelming number of non-conference match ups. “We had a great summer and a really productive fall season, so we are ready to hit the ground running. I made a good effort to not schedule as many back-to-back difficult matches. I think our schedule is a bit more even with matches we can definitely win, compared to the ones that will give us a challenge” explained McManigal.