COSTA MESA, Calif. – No. 9 Vanguard edged No. 12 Westmont for the second time in five days on Saturday to move one step closer to the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference championship. The 5-4 win gives the Lions a two-match lead on the Warriors and a 2.5 match advantage on No. 13 Concordia with four matches in the regular season remaining.
The Lions, who play a vigorous and challenging schedule, are 6-0 in league play and 9-7 on the year.
The day started off in singles, where Vanguard managed to earn 4-of-6 individual points.
Sophie Angner (SO/Stockholm, Sweden) took down Kate Stratman in the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-4, and No. 3 Gabrielle Alford (JR/Mentone, CA) easily bested Haley Strandness 6-0, 6-2 to give The Pride two important points.
Michaele Sullivan (SO/Henderson, NV) and Brooke Ferslov-Jensen (FR/Hesperia, CA) stepped up to post the Lions' remaining singles' victories, garnering points with a pair of 7-6, 6-2 scores at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
"We started out in singles today and just wanted to fight for each point no matter how long we were on the court," Sullivan said. "We wanted to make sure that if they were going to beat us, they were going to work for it. It was a relief to win such a close match, but we were just determined to keep going until the end because we knew that no one on either side was going to give up easily."
In doubles, Westmont fought to take the first and second pairings, but Ashley Wao-Udin (FR/Las Vegas, NV) and Ferslov-Jensen refused to give up the third match-up as they squeezed out the deciding point 8-6 for Vanguard.
"Our number three doubles girls really came through for us in the end," Sullivan said.
The Lions travel to Arizona on April 1 for a noon match with the Firestorm.