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Calendar & Results

  • Saturday, Aug. 20

    • W. Soccer 3 Marymount 0
    • UC Santa Barbara 3 WC 0

  • Wednesday, Aug. 24

    • Volleyball vs. So. Oregon
      5 pm at Hope Int'l

  • Friday, Aug. 26

    • Volleyball at Master's Classic
        WC vs. Oregon Tech, 10 am
        WC vs. Life Pacific, 12:30 pm

  • Saturday, Aug. 27

    • M. Soccer hosts Antelope Vly., 3:30 pm
    • W. Soccer at Benedictine
        8 pm CDT/6 pm PDT

  • Sunday, Aug. 28

    • W. Soccer at Baker
        7 pm CDT/5 pm PDT

UCSB, Westmont Meet in 54th Annual Bryant Cup

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 20th, 2016
Genaro Hurtado(Photo by Brad Elliott)

For the 54th time, Westmont and UCSB Men’s Soccer faced off in the Bryant’s Cup. UCSB claimed a 3-0 win in the exhibition event to improve its series advantage to 27-23-4.

Jouse Espana scored the first two goals for the Gauchos. In the seventh minute, Espana score from 25 yards out on a ball that deflected off a defender before finding the net. Epsana scored again in the 31st minute, heading in a serve from Randy Mendoza on the left side.

Nick DePuy added the final goal in the 51st minute, heading in a cross from Dalton Pando on the right side.

The Warriors’ best chance to score came in the eighth minute after Augie Andrade drew a foul in the box. Andrade took the resulting penalty kick, but his shot deflected off of the left post and back into the field of play.

“I think that the take away right now is that we had a good response in the second half,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “We were able to do some things on the ball that we struggled to do in first half. I thought we were able to move the ball better and keep it for some sustained periods of time. I thought we were able to get ourselves forward a little bit. I was pleased with the response.

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Warriors Sink Mariners

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 20th, 2016
Haley Parzonko(Photo by Kaci Mexico)

Westmont Women’s Soccer, the seventh ranked team in the NAIA, opened the 2016 season with a 3-0 win over Marymount (0-1) on Saturday. The Warriors tallied 16 shots and 14 corner kicks in the game.

“It is good for us to walk away from our first countable game with a win and a shutout,” said Westmont head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “It was an encouraging game that gave us some good things to work on moving forward.”

The first goal came in the 37th minute after a corner kick by Grace Lemley resulted in the ball at the top of the box. Destinee Adams won the ball and deposited it in the net.

A foul in the waning seconds of the first half resulted in a free kick for Haylee Lopes from the top of the 18. While Marymount was still setting up their wall, Lopes took aim and deposited the ball in the side netting, giving Westmont a 2-0 halftime lead.

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Volleyball Wins Two More

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 19th, 2016
Photo by Neil Morgan

By Kaci Mexico
August 19, 2016

Sixteenth ranked Westmont Women’s Volleyball went undefeated at the Biola Summer Slam and increased their record to 4-0 with a pair of wins against Montana Tech and #11 College of Idaho. The Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-20, and 25-21 sweep over Montana tech and then defeated College of Idaho in four sets, 22-25, 25-14, 26-24, and 25-22.

Against Montana Tech (2-1) Taylor Beckman led the way on both the offensive and defensive end. She had 14 kills and an attacking percentage of .367; she also tallied eight digs. Jessica McCann also led offensively and had ten kills with an attacking percentage of .429. Courtney Crosby and Kami Troesh were effective on the defensive end of the game – they had 12 and 13 digs respectively.

In the first set, the Warriors harnessed momentum from the start and went on a 6-1 run that consisted of two kills from Libby Dahlberg (9 kills) a kill from Beckman, and a service ace from Alexa Nestlerode. The Orediggers responded with an impressive 10-5 run to tie the game 11-11. Right away, Warriors earned back a lead and maintained it for the rest of the set.

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Volleyball Opens Season with Twin Sweeps

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 18th, 2016
Alexa Nestlerode

With a freshly minted #16 preseason ranking, Westmont Volleyball opened the season a pair of wins at the Biola Summer Slam. The now 2-0 Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 sweep over #8 Eastern Oregon before clamming a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 win over Great Falls (Mont.).

Against Eastern Oregon (1-1), Taylor Beckman and Libby Dahlberg led the way, producing 12 and 11 kills respectively. Dahlberg added a solo block and three block assists to help shut down the Mountaineers, limiting Eastern Oregon to a .132 team attack percentage. Westmont tallied a .281 attack percentage.

In the first set, Westmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of kills from Emma Harrah (6 kills), Dahlberg and Samantha Neely (9 kills). The Mountaineers closed to within one point (7-6) on a Westmont error, but the Warriors took control of the game by scoring on nine of the next 12 serves.

The second set started out more closely contested. Leading 6-5, the Warriors reeled off a 10-1 run. Neely and Beckman each had three kills during that stretch with Jessica McCann (4 kills) and Dahlberg adding one each.

In the third set, Eastern Oregon held a 14-11 lead before a pair of kills by Neely, a service ace by libero Kami Troesh (24 digs) and a kill by Dahlberg gave Westmont a 15-14 advantage. A kill by the Mountaineers’ Makayla Lindberg tied the match.

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Warriors defeated by Late Gaucho Goal

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 14th, 2016
Kira Nemeth  (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
August 14, 2016

In the annual exhibition match between the Westmont Women’s soccer team and the Division I UCSB Gauchos, the game was scoreless for the first eighty minutes, until the Gauchos capitalized off of a free kick in the 81st minute – ultimately defeating the Warriors 1-0.

In the first half, the Warrior defense, led by seniors Grace Lemley and Sophie Fuller, effectively handled immense pressure– with USCB outshooting the Warriors 5-0.

Head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the defensive side of the game and said, “This is probably the best I have seen us defend as a unit in my time at Westmont, which is really encouraging.”

After a largely defensive first half, the Warriors began to create critical offensive opportunities in the second half. The Warriors’ best opportunity to score came in the 65th minute when junior Haley Parzonko won a tackle in the middle of the field and then quickly played the ball to freshman Maddi Berthoud at the top of the 18 yard box. Berthoud took a touch into the box, and ripped the ball just over the crossbar.

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Canitez, Nwaba to Compete in Rio

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 1st, 2016
Barbara Nwaba (left) and Tugce Canitez

With the 2016 Summer Olympics about to get under way in Rio de Janeiro later this week, Westmont fans will be paying special attention to women’s basketball and track and field and cheering on two particular athletes in their quest for an Olympic medal.

Tugce Canitez, who graduated from Westmont in 2013, will compete in the Olympics for the second time as a member of the Turkish women’s basketball team. Canitez competed at the London Games in 2012, the summer between her junior and senior years at Westmont. After her return from London to Westmont, Canitez helped lead the Warriors to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Since her graduation, Canitez has played professionally in her home country for Fenerbahce in Istanbul. A perineal contender in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, Fenerbahce won the 2016 championship.

Turkey has been assigned to Group A at 2016 Olympics along with France, Australia, Japan, Belarus and the home country, Brazil. Pool play begins on Saturday, August 6 and continues through Monday, August 15. The single elimination brackets begin on Tuesday, August 16 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 and the medal games will be played on Saturday, August 20.

Competing in the women’s heptathlon will be Barbara Nwaba, the two-time USA champion in the event. Nwaba is a member of the Santa Barbara Track Club that trains at Westmont and is coached by Joshua Priester, a Westmont assistant track and field coach.

Warriors Hungry to Create Memorable Season

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - July 29th, 2016

By Kaci Mexico
July 28, 2016

Before the 2015 season began, the Westmont Women’s soccer team had undergone significant changes that included losing eight seniors, and a head coaching change.

However, by the end of the 2015 season the Warriors were no longer characterized by their perceived obstacles, but were known by their unwavering success on and off the field. On the field, the #7 Warriors (16-4-2) were both the Golden State Athletic Conference Regular season and Tournament Champions, and they made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.

Additionally, two Warriors were honored as NAIA All-Americans and five were named to the All-GSAC Team. Off the field, four Warriors were named as 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, and most recently the team went on a Missions trip to Uganda with the Sports Outreach Institute.

With a year under her belt, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the 2015 season and shared her thoughts about the upcoming 2016 season.

Warriors Form Professional Battery

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 18th, 2016
Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.

With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.

Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.

Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.

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