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Seven Warriors Honored by SBART

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 27th, 2015
John Moore was named the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year.

It was a night of celebration at “An Evening with the Athletes” awards show presented by The Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table (SBART). Six Westmont athletes were awarded the Athlete of the Year Award for their respective sports and John Moore was honored as the Santa Barbara Athletic Round Table College Coach of the Year. The event was held at Santa Barbara’s historic Lobero Theater.

The recipients of the college division awards are selected by the media from the student-athletes and coaches of the local institutions of higher education – UC Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Community College and Westmont.

Westmont’s Tiffany Dimaculangan of Glendora was named the SBART College Women’s Soccer Player of the Year. A two-time NAIA All-American, the senior midfielder recorded six goals and four assists during the fall 2014 campaign. Dimaculangan led her team to both the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Regular Season and Tournament Championships this season and was named to the All-GSAC team. The Warriors advanced to the NAIA National Championship in all four of her years on the team, finishing as national runner-up in 2013.

NAIA All-American Kelly Collins of Pleasant Hill was named the SBART College Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year. The sophomore finished 21st in the NAIA National Championship race in Lawrence, Kansas, leading her team to an eighth place finish. Collins also earned All-GSAC honors as the runner-up at the conference championship meet. Collins was competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama and was unable to attend the ceremonies.

Women’s Tennis Earns Post Season Honors  

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 22nd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna received All American Team honors. These two Warriors women were key players in the team’s 14-10 season record and final ranking of 13th in the NAIA as decided by the Post-Season Coaches Poll.

Lauren Stratman topped the list with a coveted spot on the NAIA First Team All American roster of sixteen. This is Lauren’s second year in a row that she has earned the First Team honor. Stratman finished this season with a personal singles record of 18-2, her only losses coming from a forfeit and a loss to another nationally ranked opponent. The junior not only led that Golden State Athletic Conference in overall winning percentage, but ranked amongst the best players in the NAIA as well. She closed out her 2015 season last week in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.

Going Out with a Bang

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 13th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(MOBILE, Ala.) “Before the match began this afternoon, we talked about a quote from the movie Miracle that says ‘All great moments are born from great opportunity,’” opened head women’s tennis coach Kendyll McManigal. “We had the opportunity to play a talented team today. It was our goal to stay focused and inspired towards greatness the entire match.”

Going up against a defending National Championship team is no easy feat, but this afternoon the Westmont women’s tennis team gave #1 Georgia Gwinnett a run for their money in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The Warriors opened with a burst of energy in doubles play to take a 2-1 lead going into singles play, but eventually fell 5-2 to the reigning NAIA National Champions.

This season, doubles play has proved to be a strong point for the Warrior women and this afternoon they did not disappoint. While Grace Davis and Emily Keach lost 0-8 on court number three, the other two Warriors duos made up some ground to put Westmont up 2-1.

Women Light Up NAIA First Round

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 12th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(MOBILE, Ala.) The Westmont women’s tennis team had an impressive performance in the Frist Round of the Women’s Tennis NAIA National Championship this afternoon in Mobile, Alabama. Despite the 85 degree weather and 90 percent humidity, the women worked their way to a 6-1 lead over Evangel University before the match was suspended due to stormy conditions. Thankfully the Warriors held enough points to solidify a team win before thunder and lightning rolled in.

They started the eventful afternoon with doubles play. On court number one, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna were locked and loaded against top ranked Amy Fritz and Jenna Elliot. While it was one of their more difficult doubles matches of the season, the Warrior duo pulled out an 8-4 victory and the first win of the day. Court number three, featuring Emily Keach and Grace Davis, was the second duo to finish. The seniors came out with a very strong start, but slowly dropped points to the Crusaders who eventually won 8-6.

With the team doubles score split down the middle, the deciding match fell upon court number two. Haley Strandness and Alyson Meyer put on quite a performance against Breanna Feemster and Morgan Reilly. The teams went back and forth the entire time, and eventually worked their way to a score of 9-8 that led to a tiebreaker. Thankfully the Warriors had the right mindset and determination for the challenge and won the tiebreaker 7-4, putting Westmont up 2-1 going into singles play.

Westmont Women’s Tennis to Take on Evangel in NAIA First Round

Submitted by: Christy Cain - May 8th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont women’s tennis team will officially be making a trip to Mobile, Ala. this week for the 2015 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The Warriors received an at large bid that will send them into the tournament ranked 17 out of the 24 total teams competing for the crown.

The Warrior women (13-9) will open the first round with a matchup against #16 Evangel University on Tuesday May 12 at 1:30 PM (CST) at the Mobile Tennis Center. The Crusaders currently hold a record of 10-3 and earned an automatic bid to the tournament after winning an unaffiliated conference tournament that included teams from the Heart of America, American Midwest and Midwest Collegiate conferences.

This will be Evangels fourth tournament appearance in school history. In 2013, the Crusaders lost in the opening round to fellow Golden State Athletic Conference team Vanguard (Calif.) and have not been back since. While they have a deep roster of twelve players, Evangel currently has seven underclassmen and five veteran upperclassmen, meaning only a handful of their players have seen national tournament court time.

The Crusaders are expected to be led by recent NAIA Player of the Week Amy Grossklag-Fritz. The senior has consistently held the number one singles position and a place on their number one doubles duo.

Women’s Tennis Receives GSAC Honors

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 29th, 2015
tennis seniors

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Two of Westmont’s women’s tennis athletes have officially received Golden State Athletic Conference honors for their 2015 season. Lauren Stratman was named GSAC Player of the Year, while both Stratman and Ines Costamagna were named to the GSAC All-Conference Team.

Success is not something that is new to Stratman, as this will be her second time receiving both of these honors. In 2014, the conference recognized her amazing, stand out talent as she posted an impressive 21-2 record while playing in the number one singles position.

This season has not been much different. Stratman has held true to her talent and has excelled both as a player and a teammate. She has notched a record of 17-2 on the number one singles court thus far, with her only losses coming from an injury forfeit and dropping a match to the reigning NAIA National Champion from Xavier (La.) On the court, she is a consistent player who is always doing her best to help the team succeed. Off the court, she is a phenomenal teammate. Once she is done playing, you can find her courtside for the other Warrior matches, cheering on her teammates as they battle for points. Stratman is currently the GSAC overall singles leader with her impressive record of 17-2.

The newest member to the Warrior roster, Ines Costamagna, sure made an impact in her first year representing Westmont. She immediately stepped in to the number two singles position and has earned a record of 15-1 so far. As a transfer, she has past experience of high level collegiate tennis and it shows in her play. Though battling injuries all season, Ines has shown up time and time again for her teammates and remained calm when put to the test. She currently ranks amongst the top number two singles players in the GSAC.

Eliminated by the Eagles

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 16th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) It was a day of upsets at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as both the number four seed Vanguard defeated the number one seed Arizona Christian and the number three seed Concordia defeated number two seed Westmont. Under the blazing desert sun, Westmont battled all afternoon in a competition that came down to the last two singles matches, but eventually fell 5-3 to the Eagles.

“First of all, we need to give credit to Concordia who played really, really well. They meshed their talent, focus and desire together to get a great win,” opened Coach McManigal. “On days like this it is hard because there are a few people on our team who won and I want them to know how well they did. Lauren and Ines in doubles and singles both really played well. They had to work hard against strong opponents and I know that these losses are especially hard for them.”

The afternoon started with doubles play against the Eagles. As usual, Ines Costamagna and Lauren Stratman handled the tough parts of their match with ease as they took down Ivana Vlakic and Ellie Johnson 8-3. Court number two featuring Haley Strandness and Alyson Meyer was a battle as they took on Caitlyn Uzzi and Layla Accorsi. Unfortunately, the Eagles took the 8-3 final win of that matchup. Court number three was the longest matchup of doubles play as Emily Keach and Grace Davis played Ulrike Hahn and Kelsey Markle. The set went back and forth so many times with multiple match points, but in a tiebreaker round, the Eagles came out victorious with scores of 9-8 (12-10).

Eyes on the Prize

Submitted by: Christy Cain - April 15th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(Indian Wells, Calif.) The #11 Westmont women’s tennis team took the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament First Round courts by storm this afternoon in sunny Indian Wells, Calif. Thankfully, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the perfect venue to put perform well at. On courts where many professionals have practiced and played, Westmont (13-8, 10-2 GSAC) defeated Hope International (0-15, 0-12 GSAC) 5-0 in the quickest match of the day.

The Warriors started the day off with doubles play. Apparently, each of the duos were locked in with the same mindset because not one single point was given up in any of the three doubles competitions. Court number three, featuring Emily Keach and Grace Davis, was the first to finish with an 8-0 win over Alyssa Prichett and Gabriella Chavez. They were quickly followed by Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness who swept their Royal opponents in a speedy 8-0 clinic. Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna showed out on court number one against Sabrina Miller and Alyssa Penner, adding yet another win to their now 19-1 doubles record together.

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