After going undefeated in the regular Golden State Athletic Conference season, Westmont Women's Tennis (17-2) claimed the GSAC Tournament Title with a 5-2 win over third-seeded Vanguard (11-15) at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Friday. As a result of the win, the Warriors have punched their ticket to the NAIA National Tournament in Mobile, Alabama in May.
The Warriors' first point came at number three doubles where Alyson Meyer and Fernanda Rivera posted an 8-4 win over Melanie Parker and Anita Taranto. Meanwhile, a seesaw battled was being waged on court number one where Westmont's Jessica Cedillo and Tara Yekrang were taking on Vanguard's Labarthe and Sullivan.
The Lions' duo held a 6-5 lead but the Warriors broke and then held serve to go up 7-6. Vanguard then tied the match at seven before Westmont held serve to make it 8-7. Facing the possibility of playing a tiebreaker if Vanguard held serve, Cedillo and Yekrang broke serve again to record a 9-7 win and make the score 2-0 in favor of the Warriors.
On the number two doubles court, Grace Davis and Nicci Yvanovich seemed to be cruising to an easy win with a 7-1 lead. However, Vanguard's Nina Pudar and Gabriele Alford reeled off eight straight games to win the match 9-7 and make the team score 2-1.
Carolyn Stevens picked up the first singles point for the Warriors by defeating Taranto 6-1, 6-1 on the number six court. Emily Keach then completed play on court five, defeating Parker 6-2, 6-3 to make the score 4-1.
The final point came at number three singles where Cedillo defeated Sullivan 6-1, 6-4 and initiated a Warrior championship celebration.
Following the awarding of the tournament trophy and banner, the champions received an additional reward – an opportunity to visit the professional players' private locker room and gather on center court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden 16,000-seat main venue.