By Christy Cain
(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont men’s tennis team (0-1) officially kicked off their 2015 season last Saturday right down the road at UC Santa Barbara (1-2).
To open the season against a top Division I school is no easy feat, but the Warriors took the court and put up a fight. They started the day with the doubles competitions. In Division I play, whoever wins two out of the three matches, wins the one cumulative doubles point.
Upperclassmen duo Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist played in the number one doubles position and defeated Nathan Eshmade and Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 7-6 (8). On the number two court, Christian Mathis and Jan Sibbel (WC) took down UCSB team Morgan Mays and Andrew Riminton 7-6 (3). On the third court, UCSB tag-team Teague Hamilton and Chase Masciorini (UCSB) beat Luke Whalen and Travis Kimsey by a score of 6-1. Since Westmont won two of the three matches, they walked away with the one cumulative doubles point to start the day 1-0.