Men flourish against Firestorm

Men’s tennis sets a new record for most wins in a season against Arizona Christian.

Dale Fredriks, Writer

The Biola men’s tennis team faced the Arizona Christian Firestorm on April 9, looking to get revenge for a tough 4-5 loss from the Firestorm earlier in the season. Also on the line was the chance to finish .500 on the season for the first time in program history. The Eagles completed both objectives, winning the match 5-4 and finishing the regular season at 11-11.

Play started out with the doubles competition, with Biola taking two of the three matches. The second team of sophomores Philip Westwood and Joe Turnquist took their match 8-6, while the top team of sophomore Lucas Lee and junior Luke Mountain won theirs 8-4. In singles play, sophomore David Garcia won his match 7-6, 6-1 and Lee extended his singles record to 14-6 as he defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-2. Arizona tied the match scored at four all with only the top singles match remaining.

Westwood played with the game and season record on his shoulders, but he would not be denied. After dropping the first game 4-6, Westwood rallied back to take the second 6-3 and force a tiebreaker third set. There, he won in dramatic fashion, as he battled with the Arizona player back and forth, eventually getting the 7-6 win to secure Biola’s achievements.

The women’s team also faced Arizona, but unfortunately could not replicate the men’s success, dropping the match 7-2 as their season record drops to 5-15.

The Eagles had one win in each of doubles and singles play, with junior Kelsey Post contributing to both of them. She had the only singles win of the match, as she shutout her opponent 6-0 in both sets. Post and her junior teammate Madeline Heer won the doubles match 8-5 on the top court.

Both teams have advanced into the playoffs, with the men earning a fourth place finish and the women ending with fifth. The men play Arizona Christian again on April 19 in the first round of playoffs, while the women face San Diego Christian on the same day.

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