Biola loses war against Warriors

Eagles lose another hard-fought 2-7 against their GSAC opponent.

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Kyle Kohner, Writer

The Eagles played on par with Golden State Athletic Conference foes the Westmont Warriors for most of Saturday’s match. However, the Eagles could not quite capitalize on close sets and tie-breakers for the second day in a row.

Sophomore number six singles David Garcia kicked off a slew of tightly competitive matches by losing in three sets, which included two sets going to nerve-racking tiebreakers. Garcia’s singles match score resulted in  6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 0-1 (9-11).

Sophomore number five singles Michael Vartuli lost in two sets 0-6, 4-6. Number four singles and sophomore Joe Turnquist lost his singles match 2-6, 1-6. Junior number three singles, Luke Mountain dropped his match in two sets with a 2-6 first set score. Mountains second set score was 1-6.

Sophomore number two Lucas Lee, for the second consecutive day, hauled in the team's only singles win. In the first set, Lee took the set to another Eagles tiebreaker, winning 7-6 (7-4), similar to the previous match against Holy Names University.  Lee built off his first set by dominating his opponent 6-1 in the second. Sophomore number one singles player Phillip Westwood put up another strong singles effort but lost his match in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8).

The Eagles’ number three doubles team Garcia and Vartuli rebounded from a subpar performance by soundly defeating their opponents 8-4 . The number two duo of Turnquist and Westwood slipped in their match by losing 1-8. The dynamic number one pair of Lee and Mountain had a closely contested match for the second straight day, but had similar results, losing 8-9 (4-7).

Biola’s next match will be home next Saturday, Feb. 27 versus Cal Tech. With the loss, Biola falls to 2-4 on the season and 1-2 in GSAC play.

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