Warriors Sweep Semi

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - April 20th, 2016


Ines Costamagna (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Ines Costamagna (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
April 20, 2016

In a semifinal matchup of the Women’s Tennis Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, seventh ranked and number one seeded Westmont Women’s Tennis (9-7) seized an early 5-0 victory over fourth seeded Biola (6-16). With this win, the Warriors will advance to the championship game.

The Warriors swept in doubles 3-0, and carried that momentum into singles, putting the game away just two singles matches in.

Playing at number two, Ines Costamagna and Haley Strandness battled against Kathryn Ashford and Brooke Sanford to earn the first point of the game in an 8-6 victory; at number one, Lauren Stratman and Isabel Lee defeated Madeline Heer and Kelsey Post 8-3; and at number three, Chloe Clement and Fernanda Rivera earned the Warriors a third point when they conquered Bailey McGeogh and Katie Boesl 8-4.

Head coach Kendyll McManigal shared her thoughts on the Warriors’ doubles play.
“I thought Biola came out aggressive, playing with nothing to lose, but we played hard and won all three doubles sets. Going up 3-0 going into singles was very important and definitely carried over.”

The momentum that the Warriors had harnessed in doubles play, continued on into singles play.
Playing at number six, Rivera had a decisive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Taliah Hightower; and at number one, Stratman ended the game and earned Westmont’s final point when she defeated Heer 6-0, 6-2.

Coach McManigal reflected on the outcome of today’s game.

“I think no matter whom you are playing, when you are at this tournament and on these courts, you are bound to get nervous and jittery – so it was great to play through it. I thought we handled them well and pulled out some good victories.”

The Warriors will play in the championship game tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. where they will face tenth ranked and number two seeded Arizona Christian (17-3).

The Warriors and the Firestorm have split the last two games – In February, the Firestorm won 5-4, and in March the Warriors won 6-3.

Coach McManigal shared her thoughts about tomorrow’s game.

“I think we just need to do the little things well and in this heat that means keeping our body temperature down, stretching out in the shade and staying united as a team so we can bring some good team energy into tomorrow’s match.

“We have talked a lot this week about how to bring the best out of your doubles partner and your teammates, so hopefully those conversations carry into tomorrow. How we start tomorrow’s match will be very important – doubles will be key.