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Mustangs fall to No. 11 Westmont in national tourney opener

May 13, 2014, in Athletics, Women's Tennis

Morningside bowed out of the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship tournament with a 9-0 loss against 11th-ranked Westmont in Tuesday’s first round action in Mobile, Ala.

The Warriors will take a 12-12 record into Wednesday’s second round action against seventh-ranked Savannah Art & Design.

Morningside, making its first-ever national tournament appearance, bowed out with a record of 12-5. The Mustangs were this year’s GPAC regular season and post-season tournament champions.

Westmont, making its eighth national tournament appearance, won for the sixth time in its last eight outings since it started the season with a 6-10 record. The Warriors, who were NAIA National Champions in 1982, improved their all-time record to 3-7 since the NAIA National Championship tourney was changed to a dual meet format.

Audri Swisher made the Mustangs’ best showing in the singles competition with a 6-3, 6-2 loss against Kate Stratman in the second flight. Stratman is ranked 50th in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). Her older sister, sixth-ranked Lauren Stratman, improved her season’s record to 21-2 with a win against the Mustangs’ Katie Hanson at No. 1 singles.

Westmont 9, Morningside 0

Singles
Lauren Stratman (W) def. Katie Hanson, 6-0, 6-0.
Kate Stratman (W) def. Audri Swisher, 6-3, 6-2.
Jessica Cedillo (W) def. Amanda Przymus, 6-0, 6-0.
Haley Strandness (W) def. Kathryn Jones, 6-0, 6-0.
Grace Davis (W) def. Megan Solberg, 6-0, 6-1.
Emily Keach (W) def. Brooke Gockley (M), 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles
L. Stratman-K. Stratman (W) def. Hanson-Swisher, 8-1.
Strandness-Cedillo (W) def. Przymus-Jones, 8-0.
Davis-Keach (W) def. Solberg-Gockley, 8-2.

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