Sorenson Wins ITA West Regional NAIA Singles Championship

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - September 24th, 2016

 

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By Kaci Mexico
September 24, 2016

Westmont Women’s Tennis had the first action of the season when they travelled to La Mirada to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association NAIA Small College West Regional Tournament. Most notably, Freshman Cade Sorenson claimed the singles Championship.

The Warriors had three players entered into the tournament – returning sophomore, Isabel Lee; and newcomers, Cade Sorenson and Symone Jacques.

The first singles round was played on Thursday September 22 – Lee had a bye, Sorenson defeated Madeline Heer of Biola 6-0, 6-1 and Jacques defeated Monique Nila of Hope International when Nila withdrew due to injury. In the first doubles round on Thursday, Lee and Sorenson were defeated by Elizabeth Kelley and Tia Okano of Arizona Christian by a score of 5-8.

“Isabel and Cade had a tough first round doubles match,” explained new head coach Ellie Johnson. “Considering they have only played a few times together, they played well. With a little more confidence and awareness of each other on court, this match would have been very different.”

The following day, Friday September 23, the Warriors competed in the second round of singles play. Both Lee and Sorenson were victorious and advanced to the quarterfinals, while Jacques had to withdraw due to injury and Allison Torres of Biola advanced. Lee defeated Lauren Lee of Biola 6-3, 7-6 and Sorenson overcame Jovana Milosevic of Hope International by a score of 6-1, 6-3.

Later in the day, Lee and Sorenson competed in the Quarterfinals. Lee was defeated by Brooke Ferslov-Jenson of San Diego Christian by a score of 2-6, 4-6, while Sorenson conquered Okano 7-6, 6-1 and advanced to the semifinal round.

This morning in the semifinals, Sorenson was victorious over Aleksandra Emelianova of San Diego Christian 6-1, 6-2, and then went on to win the championship match against Ferslov-Jenson by a score of 6-4, 7-6.

“Cade had a great tournament, not just in terms of results but also within the composure she exhibited each round,” reflected Johnson. “She stayed focused on the game plan and was able to adapt when necessary. Cade’s confidence and poise allowed her to stay steady throughout the matches. It is a great accomplishment and we are very excited to develop her game over the next few months leading into season.”

“Additionally, Isabel had steady strokes this tournament and we are looking forward to building off all the work she put in this summer,” continued Johnson. “Overall, this tournament gives us great direction for what to focus on in practice this fall.”

After winning this Championship, Sorenson will continue on to compete at the ITA Oracle Cup in Surprise, Arizona at the Tennis and Racquet Club from October 13-16.

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