Women’s Tennis Falls in Second Round

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 19th, 2016


Lauren Stratman (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Lauren Stratman (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

After a highly successful season that included a GSAC regular season championship as well as a GSAC Tournament Championship, #7 Westmont Women’s Tennis (10-8) fell to #10 William Woods (19-2) in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament by a score of 3-5.

Today’s loss hurts,” said head coach Kendyll McManigal. “You always know in post season that it could be your last match but I was just hoping it wasn’t today. We were very close today and it was an emotional loss for me as this great season came to end sooner than I hoped, and for the seniors who were playing their last match.”

“William Woods came out with nothing to lose and it showed – they played well,” explained McManigal. “We went down 1-2 after doubles which is never ideal. The goal is always 2-1, but a big win at #1 doubles kept us from going down 0-3. Lauren and Isabel started setting each other up more and then Lauren took over at that the net which just shut the other team down.”

In doubles, playing at number three Chloe Clement and Fernanda Rivera were defeated by Felicia Cesar and Alba Salinas 4-8; at number two, Ines Costamagna and Haley Strandness fell to Chelsea Steward and Julia Mulder 3-8; and at number one Lauren Stratman and Isabel Lee clinched the victory when they defeated Karyna Sagalai and Paige Smith 9-7.

The Warriors went into singles play down 1-2, and needed to win four of the six matches to win the game.

“Lauren was the first to win in singles to tie the game 2-2,” explained McManigal. “She played very well and controlled the match from the start with her big forehand. Then, Chloe lost at #5 to make it 2-3. Ines played a solid match and won at #2 to tie it back at 3-3.”

Stratman shut out Sagalai 6-0, 6-0; Clement lost to Cesar 1-6, 0-6; and Costamagna defeated Steward 6-2, 6-3.

“The last three matches on were battles and we knew we had to win two of them,” noted McManigal. “Fernanda lost in a competitive two set match where each girl suffered from cramping. We then knew we needed both Haley and Isabel to pull it out – tough but doable. Both lost the first set but fought hard. Isabel got it to a third set and I was very proud of her composure and how she rebounded after losing the first.”

Haley battled and fought hard, playing long grinding points,” continued McManigal. “Unfortunately, her opponent played very well at some big points and was able to pull it out in straight sets. I am very proud of how well they fought in singles. They really did play their hearts out and leave it all on the court and that’s all I can ask of them.”

Playing at number six, Rivera fell to Mulder 6-3, 6-4 and William Woods went up 4-3. William Woods earned their final point when Salinas defeated Strandness in a well fought match 7-6, 6-3.

The Warriors graduate seniors Lauren Stratman, Haley Strandness, and Fernanda Rivera who have each been impactful on and off the court for the Women’s Tennis program.

“These seniors who just graduated are going to be hard to replace,” said McManigal.”They are great leaders, role models for the younger girls and great friends. I have loved seeing their friendship grow and hope they always stay close. College sports bonds you in such a special way! Each of them brought something different to this team – passion, laughter, and competitiveness. I am thankful for the few years I got to spend with them as their coach and look forward to seeing what’s next for each of them!