Warriors Fall to Matadors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 31st, 2015


Stratman tennisBy Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (1-1) hosted their second competition of the season this afternoon at the Abbott Tennis Courts against Cal State University Northridge (1-0). Despite the eventual 7-2 ┬áloss to the Division I Matadors, the Warriors saw some great performances out of their players.

The doubles performances were a highlight of the day as Lauren Stratman and Inez Costamagna teamed up and defeated Vivian Lin and Kiryang Kim 8-2. “We won number one doubles very convincingly today,” opened second year coach Kendyll McManigal. “The girls played great tennis in that match. They were also mentally tough, on fire and positive. One of Northridge’s coaches even commented on their positive energy and demeanor, which made me really proud.”

Also in doubles, Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness dropped their matchup 8-2 against Mickey Hsu and Kristen Poel. The number three senior duo Emily Keach and Grace Davis fell to Northridge’s Criss Rodriguez and Jessica Warren with a score of 8-3.

The singles performances of the day brought a little bit of change to the lineup. With sophomore transfer Inez Costamagna on the sidelines, everyone competed at a higher rank for the day. “We rested Inez because we want her healthy for Tuesday. Doing this bumped everyone up one spot, so we were a little outmatched,” reflected McManigal

Stratman held it down in the number one position, finishing with a score of 6-3 in both sets. “Lauren ended up winning number one. She started off a little tight in the second set but she is a great competitor who always figures out a way to run with it,” said McManigal.

Haley Strandness played in the number two spot and while Grace Davis played as number three and both women dropped their match with score of 6-1, 6-1. CSUN’s Criss Rodriguez defeated Westmont’s Alyson Meyer 6-3, 6-1.

Though finishing with a 6-1, 7-5 loss, senior Emily Keach had a great performance against Jessica Warren. “Emily almost pulled out the second set in number five singles. Win or lose, she should be really proud of how she played,” closed out McManigal.

In the number six spot, Fernanda Rivera was defeated by Mari Taslagyan 6-2, 6-1.

The Westmont women are now 1-1 on the season. They will open up Golden State Athletic Conference play Tuesday February 3 at 2:00 against Concordia. The match will be held at the Costa Mesa Tennis Center in Irvine, Calif.