WTen: Meyer clinches Warriors victory

In front of a crowd of friends and family members, the #11 Westmont women’s tennis team (10-8, 8-2 GSAC) put on a superb performance against #17 Vanguard University (5-13, 5-5 GSAC) on Tuesday, giving the seniors one final 5-4 win on the Abbott Tennis Courts. Though it would be a battle, the Warriors couldn’t have chosen a better way to close out their senior’s final career home court match.

After the flowers were handed out, pictures were snapped and hugs were given, the Westmont women kicked off the day with doubles play. On court number one, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna swept Sarah Edwards and Nataliya Yamkova in a quick 8-0 match. This marks the sixteenth win for this dream team, pushing them forward to a 16-1 overall doubles record.

On court number two, the Lion’s Brooke Jensen and Gabrielle Alford overcame Westmont’s tag team senior Alyson Meyer and junior Haley Strandness is a tough 8-2 match. The third doubles court was the final one to wrap up, because Emily Keach and Grace Davis were battling back and forth with Ashley Wao Udin and Michaele Sullivan. The Westmont senior duo was not going to leave that court without one final doubles win together. The women, who hold a duo record of 4-8 overall, left it all on the court as they overtook their Vanguard opponents with a final score of 8-2.

In the number one singles position, Stratman swept Edwards with duel scores of 6-0. She was quickly followed by her doubles partner, Costamagna, who took down Wao Udin 6-2 and 7-5.

In the third singles slot, Haley Strandness dropped her sets 7-5, 6-1 to Gabrielle Alford while Grace Davis was taken down by Brooke Jensen with final scores of 6-2, 6-0.

The longest singles match of the day came on court number five where senior Alyson Meyer went three sets against Sullivan. With a first score of 6-2, Meyer was confident and feeling good. In the second set, Vanguard rallied back a little bit to defeat Meyer 6-4. But in the third and final set, the Warrior senior was able to come out strong and win with a score of 6-6, giving Westmont their fifth team win of the day.

In the sixth position, Emily Keach was defeated by Yamkova with final scores of 6-3, 7-5.

Though it was the seniors final home match, there is still a lot of tennis to be played. The women will be on the road on Tuesday April 7 as they take on San Diego Christian in El Cajon, Calif. at 1:30 pm.

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