A Santa Barbara Showdown

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 26th, 2015

 

Barnard_0121By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont men’s tennis team (0-1) officially kicked off their 2015 season last Saturday right down the road at UC Santa Barbara (1-2).

To open the season against a top Division I school is no easy feat, but the Warriors took the court and put up a fight. They started the day with the doubles competitions. In Division I play, whoever wins two out of the three matches, wins the one cumulative doubles point.

Upperclassmen duo Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist played in the number one doubles position and defeated Nathan Eshmade and Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 7-6 (8). On the number two court, Christian Mathis and Jan Sibbel (WC) took down UCSB team Morgan Mays and Andrew Riminton 7-6 (3). On the third court, UCSB tag-team Teague Hamilton and Chase Masciorini (UCSB) beat Luke Whalen and Travis Kimsey by a score of 6-1. Since Westmont won two of the three matches, they walked away with the one cumulative doubles point to start the day 1-0.

“We were all very excited about our doubles performance, winning two out of the three was great. Both of the matches went into tiebreakers,” reflected fifth year coach Mark Basham “Under the pressure, the men showed really good poise and mental toughness. That was exciting to be at 1-0 to start off.”

The singles matches of the day proved to be a bit more difficult. UCSB holds a roster of players who have extensive Division I experience, while Westmont’s is fairly new. The maturity showed on the court as they swept the Warriors in all six of the matches. “The singles showed us that UCSB is a solid NCAA Division I program who has really powerful, top notch players,” explained Basham.

Despite the ultimate 1-6 loss, the Warriors walk away a better team due to the high level experience they gleaned from this competition. Westmont will be hosting a scrimmage against Ventura J.C. this Thursday January 29 at 2:00 p.m. at the Abbott Tennis Courts.