Warriors Scorch Firestorm, Gear Up for Vanguard

Submitted by: Jordan Wyatt - February 22nd, 2014


WM_PRIM_FC_A_RGBBy Jordan Wyatt

February 22, 2014

(PHOENIX) Head coach Mark Basham and company departed Phoenix red-hot. However, this is not due to sweltering desert temperatures or because they just clashed with the “Firestorm” of Arizona Christian (1-4, 1-4 GSAC).

Instead, the fifth-ranked team in the NAIA completed a 9-0 scorching of their Golden State Athletic Conference opponent to move to 6-1 (4-0) on the season, improving on their already immaculate start in league play.

When asked about his team’s 12-set sweep of singles and the Warriors’ outstanding display in doubles, Basham gave a straightforward answer, “We just played solid tennis.”

“It was long, but good trip, and an even better bonding experience for the team,” continued the coach. “After three matches over the past week, it will be nice to just hit the reset button and take some time to fine-tune our game as we have a week off before our next match.”

The surplus of preparation days couldn’t come at a better time for the Warriors, as their next opponent happens to be perennial power, and conference rival, third-ranked Vanguard (4-2, 4-0).

The Lions appear to be stout once again, possessing shutout victories over three conference opponents. They also secured an 8-1 triumph over #12 Concordia, whom Westmont defeated 5-4 on February 15.

To make the matchup even more intriguing, both Vanguard and Westmont fell 6-3 to #2 (NCAA Division III) Claremont-Mudd-Scripps within hours of each other this past Thursday, leaving no speculation for what’s to come.

“The team is looking forward to a good week of practice and the opportunity and challenge of taking on Vanguard,” expressed Basham. “They beat us in three-of-three matches last year, so we are certainly going to strive to put forth a very good performance.”

The encounter of top-five teams takes place this Saturday, March 1, at the Lynn Abbott Tennis Courts on Westmont’s campus. First serve is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.

The winning side will comprise the only remaining squad with an unblemished record in GSAC play.

#5 Westmont 9, Arizona Christian 0

February 22, 2014 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Phoenix Tennis Center)

 Singles competition

  1. SCHAEFER, Rodrigo (WC) def. BARNETT, Andrew (ACU) 6-1, 6-3
  2. GORANSON, Tim (WC) def. GLESSING, Ian (ACU) 6-2, 6-4
  3. BERTRAM, John (WC) def. MUNQUIA, Michael (ACU) 6-1, 6-1
  4. BARNARD, Joshua (WC) def. CASTANO, David (ACU) 6-0, 6-0
  5. KIMSEY, Travis (WC) def. WEST, Adam (ACU) 6-1, 6-0
  6. SZYNDLAR, Nicholas (WC) def. LEU, Geoffery (ACU) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition

  1. SCHAEFER, Rodrigo/BARNARD, Joshua (WC) def. BARNETT, Andrew/GLESSING, Ian (ACU) 8-2
  2. GORANSON, Tim/BERTRAM, John (WC) def. MUNQUIA, Michael/CAWTHORNE, Tyler (ACU) 8-3

3. KIMSEY, Travis/SZYNDLAR, Nicholas (WC) def. CASTANO, Da