SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – No. 9 Vanguard women's tennis held on to its unbeaten mark in Golden State Athletic Conference action on Monday at Westmont's Lynn Abbott Courts, defeating the No. 12 Warriors 5-3 to break a two-way tie at the top of the GSAC leaderboard.
The Lions trailed 2-1 in the match after doubles. Vanguard's point went to its third pair, Brooke Ferslov-Jensen (FR/Hesperia, CA) and Ashley Wao-Udin (FR/Las Vegas, NV), which bested Westmont's Emily Keach and Alyson Meyer 8-3. Juliet Labarthe (SR/Oklahoma City, OK) and Michaele Sullivan (SO/Henderson, NV) battled to the very end in the No. 2 pairing, but were just edged 9-8 (7-5) by Jessica Cedillo and Haley Strandess.
In singles, No. 2 Sophie Angner (SO/Stockholm, Sweden) had success versus the Warriors' Kate Stratman, 7-5, 6-1, while Gabrielle Alford (JR/Mentone, CA) took control in the third individual match to best Stratman 6-2, 6-4. Wao-Udin persevered in the early set of her match 7-5 and finished strong to take down Cedillo 6-0 in the second set.
Ferslov-Jensen, still undefeated on the year (12-0), won as usual in the sixth spot, posting a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Keach.
The fifth match went unfinished due to darkness, but Vanguard had enough to secure the important conference win.