Stratmans Named to All-GSAC Team

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 28th, 2014

 

(Left to right) Lauren and Kate Stratman

(Left to right) Lauren and Kate Stratman

Westmont sophomore Lauren Stratman has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. Lauren and her sister Kate were also named to the All-GSAC Women’s Tennis Team Presented by Under Armour.

Lauren Stratman played at the number one singles and doubles positions for the Warriors all season and produced a record of 20-2 in singles play and 15-7 in doubles. In conference play she was undefeated in singles and doubles in both regular season and GSAC Tournament play. In conference singles play, Stratman did not drop a set.

“Lauren brings a tremendous competitive experience,” said Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “She was undefeated in high school and won the Ojai Tournament as a high school player and has a lot of tournament experience as a juniors’ player. She brings a mental toughness and confidence into match after match. She brings a maturity of how to compete that has been noticeable in matches with our conference opponents and NCAA opponents.”

Last week Lauren Stratman won the 114th Annual Ojai Valley Independent College Singles Tournament.

Playing at number two singles, Kate Stratman, a freshman, produced a record of 4-4. Combining with her sister at number one doubles, Kate was 8-0.

“Kate stood out in doubles, beating Vanguard and Concordia all three times,” said McManigal. “Those opponents can hit, but she and her sister together have some chemistry that is unbeatable. In singles she had great conference, going four and four. She turned 18 earlier this month. There were some matches where the inexperience showed, but we can already see her maturing. Her athleticism and the way she hits the ball came out in conference play, showing what a great player she is.”

Both Stratmans are Goleta natives and alumnae of Dos Pueblos High School.

The Warriors are taking a week off for final examinations before beginning their preparation for participation in the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama. As the eleventh ranked team in the NAIA, the Warriors are expected to receive an at-large berth into the national tournament which begins on May 13.

“This week we are going light, making sure that the players are rested, healthy and pass their exams,” said McManigal. “They will take a couple of days to clear out of the dorms over the weekend before we will have our team banquet on Sunday night.”

Next week, leading up to nationals, we will do some double-days with some timing and drills in the morning and some sets in the afternoon. At night we will have a lot of fun team dinners.”

The Warriors finished the regular season 11-12 overall on the season and 8-2 in GSAC play. Against NAIA opponents, Westmont was 10-3 with all three losses coming against GSAC Champion Vanguard (16-8).