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  • Wednesday, May 18

    • NAIA Baseball
      Opening Round Tournament
      Santa Barbara Bracket
      Tournament Central
    • NAIA Men's Tennis
      National Championship
      Mobile, Ala.
      • WC 5 Bethany (Kan.) 4
        First Round
      • Xavier (La.) 5 WC 1
        Second Round
    • NAIA Women's Tennis
      National Championship
      Mobile, Ala.
      • Wm. Woods 5 WC 3
        Second Round

Moore Named as USA Basketball U18 Court Coach

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 24th, 2016
Kirsten Moore

USA Basketball has announced that Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore has been appointed as one of two court coaches for the USA Women’s Basketball U18 National Team Trials. Moore will serve alongside Temple University coach Tonya Cardoza.

The trials features 30 athletes and will take place from May 28-30 at the United State Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Participants will compete for 12 roster spots on the USA U18 National Team, which will play in the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Women from July 13-17 in Valdivia, Chile.

“It is an absolute honor to be named a court coach for USA Basketball. To wear the letters U-S-A across my chest while representing our country is honestly something I dreamed of growing up,” Moore said. “I am grateful and excited that I can play this small role in helping the growth and development of the young basketball talent in this great country prepare to represent us on a national stage.”

The court coaches were selected by the USA Women’s Junior National Team Committee consisting of Jim Foster (Tennessee-Chattanooga), Melanie Balcomb (Vanderbilt), Lindsay Gottlieb (California), Joi Williams (formerly of Central Florida) and athlete representative Kara Lawson Barling, a 2008 Olympic gold medalist.

Men’s Soccer Welcomes Nine Recruits

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 24th, 2016
Incoming Men's Soccer recruits for 2016.

Westmont Men’s Soccer head coach Dave Wolf has announced the signing of nine recruits who will join the Warriors for the 2016 season. The incoming group, which consists of one transfer and eight freshmen, includes players from Oregon, Minnesota, Ohio and California.

“This is a large, exciting, attacking oriented class that will complement the pieces that we already have on our roster,” said Head Coach Dave Wolf. “This class will be very dangerous in the attacking third. Stylistically, each player is technical, hardworking on both sides of the ball, and plays the game with passion.

“We feel that all nine of these incoming players have the capacity to step onto the field for us next fall, and this will give us a deep bench and roster. It will be exciting to see their careers unfold during the upcoming stretch. I anticipate that this class will experience four years of success on the field.”

Mason Garnell of Newport Coast comes to Westmont after playing his freshman year at Wheaton (Ill.) where he saw action in 11 games.

“Mason brings experience, professionalism, and a terrific soccer IQ to our set up,” said Wolf. “He will challenge to get on the field in multiple positions and immediately make us a more formidable presence in games. He has impressed us with is character and his clear vision concerning who he is as a person, a student and an athlete.”

McManigal Resigns, Finishing with a Solid Season

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 21st, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliott

By Kaci Mexico
May 21, 2016

After three years as the head coach of the Westmont Women’s Tennis Team, Kendyll McManigal has announced her resignation. McManigal posted a record of 37-30 and has taken the program to the second round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament in each of the three years she has been head coach.

“Under Kendyll’s leadership the Women’s Tennis Program has gained national prominence – as they have competed in the national tournament for each of the three years she has been head coach,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The program has also benefited from the tough schedule that Kendyll has had our teams play – a schedule consisting of matches against top caliber NCAA Division I, II, and III teams.”

McManigal’s involvement with Westmont began in 2001 when she played tennis for the Warriors from 2001-2004, under Coach Kathy LaSage. During her time as a player, McManigal played at number one singles for three out of her four years, advanced to the NAIA National Tournament three times and was named to the All-GSAC team three times.

Mustangs Claim World Series Berth

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 20th, 2016
Michael Rishwain

The NAIA Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket came to an end on Thursday when The Master’s defeated William Carey (Miss.) by a score of 5-4 to claim the championship and advance to the NAIA World Series. William Carey had reached the championship game by defeating Westmont by a 10-3 margin in the day’s first game.

Game Seven Recap
William Carey bats came alive early in the game as the Crusaders scored seven runs before the Warriors got on the scoreboard. The Crusaders started in the second inning with a two-run home run by James Land. William Carey added another run in the second on an RBI single by Mitch Little.

Land struck again with a solo home run in the third to give William Carey a 4-0 lead. Land tallied five home runs during the tournament to tie an Opening Round record.

The Crusaders added three more runs in the fourth inning, two on a double by Tyler Odom and one on a sacrifice fly by Nick Lowe.

The top of the fifth saw the Warriors break into the scoring category when Alika McGuire singled up the middle with the bases loaded to drive in Michael Stefanic and Michael Valentin, Jr.

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Men’s Tennis Wins, then Stumbles

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 19th, 2016
Photo by Kaci Mexico

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

Fourteenth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (10-9) clinched a 5-4 victory over #19 Bethany (13-4) in the Opening Round of the Men’s Tennis NAIA National Tournament. Later that night, the Warriors were knocked out of the tournament when they were defeated in the second round by third ranked Xavier (15-7) by a score of 1-5.

The first and second round matches were played on the same day because the first rounds had to be rescheduled to day two of the tournament due to rain.

“It has been a long and crazy day,” noted head coach Mark Basham. “I was very happy to come all this way and get that win against Bethany – a team that we were ranked higher than, but a team that I was concerned about. We are a solid team but we can’t take anything for granted and I knew that they could beat us. So being down 2-1 after the doubles was a little worrisome.”

Women’s Tennis Falls in Second Round

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - May 19th, 2016
Lauren Stratman (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
May 19, 2016

After a highly successful season that included a GSAC regular season championship as well as a GSAC Tournament Championship, #7 Westmont Women’s Tennis (10-8) fell to #10 William Woods (19-2) in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Tournament by a score of 3-5.

Today’s loss hurts,” said head coach Kendyll McManigal. “You always know in post season that it could be your last match but I was just hoping it wasn’t today. We were very close today and it was an emotional loss for me as this great season came to end sooner than I hoped, and for the seniors who were playing their last match.”

“William Woods came out with nothing to lose and it showed – they played well,” explained McManigal. “We went down 1-2 after doubles which is never ideal. The goal is always 2-1, but a big win at #1 doubles kept us from going down 0-3. Lauren and Isabel started setting each other up more and then Lauren took over at that the net which just shut the other team down.”

Day Two Brings Eliminations and Controversy

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 19th, 2016
Alika McGuire

Closely contested games were the theme of the second day of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament Santa Barbara Bracket, hosted by Westmont. The day started with College of Idaho rallying from a three-run deficit to win 11-8 and oust second-seeded Madonna from the competition.

The Master’s claimed a 1-0 win over top-seeded Westmont in a game delayed by half an hour due to controversy over an umpire’s call. In the final game, a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth proved to be the difference in William Carey’s 7-6 win over College of Idaho in the second elimination game of the day.

Game Four Recap
The Yotes of the College of Idaho jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI-single by Dalton Ridgway and a two-run error that allowed Ridgway and Bobby Wright to score.

After Madonna’s Ryan Lambrecht took one run back with an RBI-single to right field, the Yotes made it a 4-1 game in the top of the second off a sacrifice fly by Mitch Skaggs to center field.

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Warriors, Mustangs Advance with Wins

Submitted by: Ron Smith - May 17th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

Golden State Athletic Conference teams remained undefeated after the first day of play at the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament – Santa Barbara Bracket. Third-seeded The Master’s (39-17), ranked at number 24 in the NAIA, posted a 7-1 win over #18 Madonna of Michigan (41-16 in the second game of the day before #7 Westmont (42-11) claimed a 14-1 win over #25 William Carey of Mississippi (38-20). In the tournament’s first game, William Carey defeated College of Idaho (37-21) by a score of 7-6.

Game One Recap
A two-out double to deep center field by William Casey third baseman Mitch Little drove in what would eventually prove to be the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh. Little was three for four at the plate with a pair of doubles – his first coming in the Crusaders’ one-run fourth inning.

College of Idaho had taken a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI-single by Jake Hennessey and a bases-clearing single by Mitch Skaggs. The Yotes added two more runs in the top of the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Hunter Hanson to take a 6-3 lead.

Prior to Little’s heroics in the seventh, William Casey made up two of the runs in the bottom of the sixth. With two away, a double by Tyler Graves drove in Adrian Brown and a single by Tyler Richardson brought home Wes Brown.

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