2014 Women's Tennis Tournament

Vanguard came from behind to defeat Westmont, 5-3, and win the GSAC Women's Tennis Tournament Championship at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Westmont led 2-1 after doubles and extended the lead to 3-1 after Lauren Stratman won in the top slot against Vanguard's Juliet LaBarthe.  The Lions, however, won at the four and six singles spots to tie the match.  From there Vanguard's No. 2 Sophie Angner and No. 5 Michaele Sullivan won to clinch the victory for the Lions.

Vanguard earns the GSAC's automatic bid to the NAIA Women's Tennis National Championship, which will be played at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama, May 13-17.  Other GSAC teams await at-large berths, which will be announced May 6.

The complete GSAC Championship results, including box scores, are listed below.

Semifinal Recap:
The GSAC Women's Tennis Tournament is in progress at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.  In the semifinals, No. 1-seed Vanguard defeated No. 4 Arizona Christian and No. 2-seed Westmont beat No. 3 Concordia with identical scores of 5-0.  Vanguard swept all three doubles and Sophie Angner and Brooke Ferslov won at No. 2 and 5 singles, respectively, to clinch the match for the Lions.  Westmont's Lauren Stratman, who plays at No. 1 singles and has not lost to an NAIA opponent this year, won at both singles and doubles to lead the Warriors.

First Round Recap:
In the first round No. 3 Concordia defeated No. 6 Hope International, 5-0, by sweeping doubles and winning at the number 2 and 5 singles spots to clinch the match.  In the other first-round match, No. 4 Arizona Christian battled No. 5 Biola to earn a 5-4 win.  Rafaella Zak Zak of Arizona Christian defeated Kathryn Ashford of Biola in a tight match at No. 1 singles, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 for the match win. 

In the semifinals, No. 1-seed GSAC Champion Vanguard will face Arizona Christian and No. 2-seed Westmont will play against Concordia.  Both matches will take place on Wednesday, April 16 at 9:00 am.

GSAC Women's Tennis Championship Schedule/Results
First Round - Tuesday, April 15, 9:00 am

#3 Concordia 5 vs. #6 Hope International 0 - Box Score

#4 Arizona Christian 5 vs. #5 Biola 4 - Box Score
 

Semifinals - Wednesday, April 16, 9:00 am

#1Vanguard 5 vs. #4 Arizona Christian 0 - Box Score

#2 Westmont 5 vs. #3 Concordia 0 - Box Score
 

Championship - Thursday, April 17, 9:00 am

Vanguard 5 vs. Westmont 3 - Box Score

Tournament Brackets