Women’s Tennis Earns Post Season Honors  

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 22nd, 2015

 

 

 

Strat-CostBy Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna received All American Team honors. These two Warriors women were key players in the team’s 14-10 season record and final ranking of 13th in the NAIA as decided by the Post-Season Coaches Poll.

Lauren Stratman topped the list with a coveted spot on the NAIA First Team All American roster of sixteen. This is Lauren’s second year in a row that she has earned the First Team honor. Stratman finished this season with a personal singles record of 18-2, her only losses coming from a forfeit and a loss to another nationally ranked opponent. The junior not only led that Golden State Athletic Conference in overall winning percentage, but ranked amongst the best players in the NAIA as well. She closed out her 2015 season last week in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Though the Warriors dropped their day two match against #1 seeded Georgia Gwinnett, Stratman played the match of her life on court number one. After an incredibly impressive doubles win with partner-in-crime Ines Costamagna, Stratman battled to keep hope alive for her team on the number one singles court. She fought for every point, split 6-1, 2-6 and was well on her way to winning her third set before Georgia Gwinnett clinched a win and her match was suspended. She will close out her junior season with the title of Golden Eagle, GSAC Player of the Year and NAIA All American.

Ines Costamagna also worked her way up to a spot on the NAIA Second Team All American list. Her 2014 season at Georgia Gwinnett earned her a NAIA Honorable Mention, so needless to say, Costamagna is quickly working her way up the ranks. Upon transferring, she made quite an impression on this season’s team as she immediately stepped into the number two singles position where she has worked her way up to a singles record of 16-1. She finished her first year at Westmont off with a match up against her old school Georgia Gwinnett.  As previously mentioned, Ines and Lauren fought hard to overcome the Grizzlies in the number one doubles match, and on the number two singles court Ines was mere points away from winning her final set, but the match was called before she could close out.

It is said that two are better than one and that is certainly the case with these two players. Individually, they are great, but together they are nearly unstoppable. The Stratman-Costamagna duo holds a record of 22-1 on the season. They went the entire season without dropping a single match to any other NAIA team– their only loss together came against NCAA Division I team Nevada back in March. They will finish as the top doubles team in the GSAC and a highly respected duo on a national level.