COSTA MESA, Calif. – The Vanguard women's tennis program has a rich history. On Saturday, the 2014 Lions joined an elite group of VU teams to have gone undefeated in Golden State Athletic Conference play, completing their perfect 10-0 sweep of league matches with an 8-1 victory over GSAC rival Concordia.
The feat was previously accomplished by VU's 2004 and 2005 women's teams, who went unbeaten in back-to-back GSAC seasons.
"As our regular season has come to a close, I could not be more proud of this group of ladies and how hard each and every one of us has battled from the first match to the last," team captain Gabrielle Alford (JR/Mentone, CA) said. "We are honored to have finished undefeated in GSAC and we are taking this confidence into the GSAC tournament next week. This has been an incredible journey thus far and we are more than ready to finish our season as strong as possible."
At 20-0 in her freshman campaign, Brooke Ferslov-Jensen (FR/Hesperia, CA) has really made an impact in the Lions' lineup. She took down NCAA Division I and Division II opponents and had very little trouble against her NAIA challengers in the No. 6 spot.
"What can I say, my first collegiate season has been amazing," Ferslov-Jensen said. "When coming to Vanguard, I never imagined having a year like this. I could have never asked for a better team and coach. I can't wait to see what God has in store for the team and me in the future."
Saturday was no different for Ferslov-Jensen, as she trounced CUI's Lampe 6-2, 6-0. He squad followed suit, as every player managed wins in individual play for Vanguard.
At the top of the order, Juliet Labarthe (SR/Oklahoma City, OK) defeated Concordia's Piller 6-2, 6-0, while Sophie Angner (SO/Stockholm, Sweden) bested Beaird 6-1, 6-1 at number two.
Alford was next to notch a win, with her 7-6, 6-0 takedown at third singles and her teammates No. 4 Ashley Wao-Udin (FR/Las Vegas, NV) and No. 5 Michaele Sullivan (SO/Henderson, NV) finished strong with 6-3, 6-3 and 6-4, 6-4 victories over their Eagles' counterparts, respectively.
Doubles saw VU claim two-of-three available points at second and third pairs. Angner and Alford were solid in the number two pairing, with a 8-3 win, while Ferslov-Jensen and Wao-Udin notched an 8-4 win for the Lions.
The 2014 GSAC Women's Tennis Championship Tournament is next on the schedule for the Blue and Gold. Vanguard has a first round bye but will play at 9:00 am on Wednesday versus either the #4 (Arizona Christian) or the #5 (Biola) seed. The tournament will be played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Palm Springs.
The Lions fell 7-2 earlier in the week to a solid Point Loma Nazarene squad.