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Women’s Tennis Competes in ITA Regionals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - September 28th, 2014
Grace Davis

Three members of the Westmont Women’s Tennis team reached the singles quarterfinals of the ITA NAIA Small College West Region Tournament and two teams reached the doubles quarterfinals.

After a first round bye, Haley Strandness posted a 6-0, 6-1 win over Madeline Heer of Biola in the second round to reach the quarterfinals. Grace Davis, who also had a first round bye, defeated Susan Carmichael of Biola in the second round 6-1, 6-3.

Alyson Meyers earned her spot in the quarterfinals by posting a 7-6 (3), 6-1 win over Ulrike Hahn of Concordia. In the second round, Meyers defeated Biola’s Kelsey Post 6-0, 6-2.

Unfortunately, all three Warriors lost their quarterfinal matches to athletes from Arizona Christian. Strandness fell 6-1, 6-3 to Mikayla Morga while Davis lost 6-3, 6-1 to Jessica Trink. Meyers fell to top-seeded Andrea Crook.


Westmont Retains All-Sports Award, Places 19th in Learfield Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 13th, 2014

In a very close result, Westmont Athletics will hold on to the Golden State Athletic Conference All-Sports Award presented by Duke’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach. The Warriors averaged 6.83 points, edging out Concordia by 0.02 points in the final standings.

“The GSAC all-sports award is especially pleasing because it is our second in a row and for me establishes that we are a well-rounded and consistently solid athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “Our aim is to field competitive teams in every sport we’ve chosen to compete and this award demonstrates that we are doing this.

“I am especially pleased that with success on the field, we were also able to achieve strong results in the classroom,” noted Odell. “The fall semester GPA average for student-athletes was higher than any previous semester. Achieving within the academic rigors of Westmont, while being a full-time athlete, is quite a growing experience. I am quite proud of the way our student-athletes approach their business on and off the field.”

Multiple Awards for Women’s Tennis

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 2nd, 2014
Lauren Stratman and Kate Stratman (top row). Emily Keach and Alyson Meyer (bottom row).

Named to the NAIA Women’s Tennis All-American team, Lauren Stratman of Goleta heads the list of several postseason honorees from the Westmont Women’s Tennis team. The sophomore was one of 16 players named to the first team by the NAIA All-American Committee.

Stratman, who posted a record of 21-2 playing at number one singles and 16-8 at number one doubles, was also honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table Collegiate Women’s Player of the Year.

In addition, Stratman, along with her sister Kate, were named to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American team. The ITA All-American selection is made by finishing in the ITA top-20 singles ranking at the end of the year or as a top-10 doubles player. Kate, a freshman, posted a doubles record of 14-8, playing mostly at number one doubles with her sister.

Women’s Tennis Falls in Second Round

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 14th, 2014
Haley Strandness

Eleventh ranked Westmont had its season come to an end on Tuesday in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The Warriors lost 5-1 to #7 Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga).

“I was proud of how all of them competed,” said Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “We’ve talked about how when we come together as a team we can compete better. Overall, that is what they did well.”

After doubles play, the Warriors trailed 2-1. At number one doubles, Westmont’s Lauren Stratman and Kate Stratman fell to Theresa Schmaus and Maja Plavsic 8-3. On the number two court, Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandness suffered an 8-1 loss to Maria Barragan and Daniella Arcila. At number three, Grace Davis and Emily Keach rallied from a 0-2 deficit to defeated India Hart and Carolina Viteri 8-6 and claim a point for the Warriors.

“Emily’s leadership definitely showed in the doubles match,” noted McManigal.

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Women’s Tennis Sweeps Morningside at Nationals

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 13th, 2014

Westmont (12-12), ranked 11th in the NAIA, produced a sweep of Morningside of Iowa (12-5) in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, winning by a score of 9-0. The 24-team tournament is being conducted at the Mobile Tennis Center in Alabama.

The Warriors advance to the second round where they will match up with #7 SCAD Savannah. The Bees were awarded a first round bye.

Westmont shutout Morningside in three of the six singles matches. At number one, Lauren Stratman won 6-0, 6-0 over Katie Hanson. Jessica Cedillo took care of business on court three against Amanda Przymus. Haley Strandness also swept Kathryn Jones at number four.

On courts five and six, Grace Davis and Emily Keach each defeated their opponents by scores of 6-0, 6-1. Davis triumphed on court five over the Mustang’s Megan Solberg while Keach won at six over Brooke Gockley.


Women’s Tennis Draws Morningside

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 6th, 2014

Westmont Women’s Tennis (11-12) has received an at-large berth into the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The 24-team tournament will be held beginning Tuesday, May 13 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. First serve is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CDT (7:00 a.m. PDT).

The Warriors, ranked at number 11 in the NAIA, will take on Morningside (Iowa) in the first round on Tuesday. The 12-4 Mustangs won the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament to claim an automatic berth in the national tournament. Morningside is on a 10-game winning streak and has not lost in six and one-half weeks.

Westmont and Morningside do not have any common opponents this season

Under first-year head coach Kendyll McManigal, Westmont has compiled a record of 11-12. All but three of the Warrior’s losses have come against NCAA Division I, II and III teams.


Stratmans Named to All-GSAC Team

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 28th, 2014
(Left to right) Lauren and Kate Stratman

Westmont sophomore Lauren Stratman has been named the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year. Lauren and her sister Kate were also named to the All-GSAC Women’s Tennis Team Presented by Under Armour.

Lauren Stratman played at the number one singles and doubles positions for the Warriors all season and produced a record of 20-2 in singles play and 15-7 in doubles. In conference play she was undefeated in singles and doubles in both regular season and GSAC Tournament play. In conference singles play, Stratman did not drop a set.

“Lauren brings a tremendous competitive experience,” said Westmont head coach Kendyll McManigal. “She was undefeated in high school and won the Ojai Tournament as a high school player and has a lot of tournament experience as a juniors’ player. She brings a mental toughness and confidence into match after match. She brings a maturity of how to compete that has been noticeable in matches with our conference opponents and NCAA opponents.”

Student-Athletes Honored with Golden Eagle Award

Submitted by: Ron Smith - April 21st, 2014
Westmont President Gayle Beebe; Golden Eagle recipients David Donner, Taylor Frantom,  Jack Rogan, Breean Collier; Track and field head coach Russell Smelley, Award sponsor Pete Jordano

Westmont Athletics honored 13 student-athletes at the 20th Annual Golden Eagles Award Banquet. The awards have been sponsored by Pete and Gerd Jordano and the Pacific Beverage Company since their inception in 1995.

An athlete from each intercollegiate team is presented with the Golden Eagle Award. The honor is given to an athlete for their accomplishments athletically, academically, spiritually and socially. Each recipient must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess a minimum 3.25 GPA and have the nomination and support of their coach.

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