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  • Tuesday, Jan. 27

    • Women's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • Vanguard at WC, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 29

    • Men's Tennis
      • Ventura JC at WC,
        Scrimmage, 2 pm

  • Friday, Jan. 30

    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC, 2 pm

  • Saturday, Jan. 31

    • Track & Field
      • On Your Mark Meet, 11 am
    • Baseball
      • San Diego Chr. at WC
        Doubleheader, 11 am
    • Women's Tennis
      • CSU Northridge at WC, 12 pm
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Concordia, 7:30 pm

Starting Off Strong

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 26th, 2015
Haley Strandness

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (1-0) opened their 2015 season off with a 9-0 sweep against UC Santa Cruz (0-1) last Saturday.

When the women matched up against Santa Cruz last season, they battled their hearts out, but ultimately lost 4-5. This season, they wanted to come out with a vengeance. Prior to the opener, second year coach Kendyll McManigal said, “Last year we lost to UCSC in a heart breaker. Even though we lost, the final match we lost was 5-7 in an intense third set. I think this year will show our improvement when we play them. The girls are looking forward to seeing how we compare and how this one turns out.”

Considering that the women walked away with a final score of 9-0, it’s safe to say that the Warriors certainly are not disappointed with this year’s results.

A Santa Barbara Showdown

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 26th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont men’s tennis team (0-1) officially kicked off their 2015 season last Saturday right down the road at UC Santa Barbara (1-2).

To open the season against a top Division I school is no easy feat, but the Warriors took the court and put up a fight. They started the day with the doubles competitions. In Division I play, whoever wins two out of the three matches, wins the one cumulative doubles point.

Upperclassmen duo Joshua Barnard and Carl-Philip Lindqvist played in the number one doubles position and defeated Nathan Eshmade and Erik Johnsson (UCSB) 7-6 (8). On the number two court, Christian Mathis and Jan Sibbel (WC) took down UCSB team Morgan Mays and Andrew Riminton 7-6 (3). On the third court, UCSB tag-team Teague Hamilton and Chase Masciorini (UCSB) beat Luke Whalen and Travis Kimsey by a score of 6-1. Since Westmont won two of the three matches, they walked away with the one cumulative doubles point to start the day 1-0.

Heartbreaker in Fullerton

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 25th, 2015
Sean Harmon

“I feel like we gave this one away,” said Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore after the Warriors (17-4, 6-2 GSAC) lost a Golden State Athletic Conference game at #4 Hope International (18-1, 6-1) on Saturday night by a score of 72-68.

“Give them all the credit; they are a very good team,” continued Moore. “There is a reason they are a top-five team, but I think we have a chance to be a top-10 team and we needed to play like it. This is a game that we gave back to them and I am disappointed in that.”

The Warriors shot 57.7 percent in the first half (15 of 26) and built a 16-point lead (36-20) with two and one-half minutes to go before intermission. But a series of three Warrior turnovers and four missed shots let the Royals close out the half on an 8-0 run and narrow the deficit to eight points (36-28) before the horn sounded.

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Royals Upset Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 24th, 2015
Krissy Karr

Despite a season-high 32 points from junior guard Krissy Karr, #16 Westmont Women’s Basketball (17-4, 4-4 GSAC) suffered a 70-63 loss at Hope International (12-9, 3-4) on Saturday night in Golden State Athletic Conference action.

The Warriors struggled to score in the first half, making just seven of 26 attempts from the floor for 26.9 percent shooting. The Royals, on the other hand, made 14 of 31 (45.2 percent) on their way to a 34-20 halftime lead.

Westmont found itself down by 17 when Brittany Bauman (11 points) nailed a three-pointer shortly after play resumed in the second half. That proved to be the largest lead of the game.

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Warriors Split Doubleheader with Firestorm

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 24th, 2015
Graylin Derke

After dropping the opening game of a Golden State Athletic Conference header 6-4 to the Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-1, 2-1 GSAC), Westmont Baseball (4-2, 1-2) exploded for 11 runs and claimed the nightcap by a score of 11-3.

In the first game, Arizona Christian took the lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Anthony Balderama that drove in Jake Wakamatsu from second base. The Warriors responded in the top of the first when Andrew Devian drove a sacrifice fly to center that allowed Michael Pollex to score. Pollex had reached on a single to lead off the inning.

However, things began to unravel for the Warriors as Arizona Christian scored three runs in the second and two in the third. Westmont starting pitcher Sam Sheehan did not last through the third inning, having given up six runs on five hits. Sheehan, who struck out one but walked six, was charged with the loss and fell to 1-1.

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Warriors Drop GSAC Opener in 10 innings

Submitted by: Ron Smith - January 23rd, 2015
Russell Harmening

In what started out as an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel, Westmont Baseball (3-1) lost its Golden State Athletic Conference opener to Arizona Christian (1-0) as the Firestorm rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the tenth inning to win 4-3.

Russell Harmening started on the mound for the Warriors and gave up just one run on four hits in seven and two-third innings. He struck out six and did not surrender a walk.

However, the Warriors were unable to put runs on the board until the top of the ninth inning. Firestorm starting left-hander Tommy Lay pitched the first eight scoreless innings, giving up four hits and striking out 12 with one walk.

Neither starter would figure in the decision.

In the bottom of the eighth, Arizona Christian scored on a RBI single by Tata Erickson that drove in Matthew Mara from second base. Mara had previously reached on a single and advanced to second on a ground out by Kyle Robbins.

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Men’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 23rd, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It looks to be a season of change as the Westmont men’s tennis team takes the court this weekend in their first official match of the season against UC Santa Barbara this Saturday. For many years, the Warriors have had veteran- heavy rosters, but their 2015 lineup holds four freshman, one sophomore, two juniors and one lone senior.

“This year’s team is very new. We have five new men-one is a walk on and four that I recruited. Total it makes four incoming freshman, one junior transfer and three returners,” opened fifth year head coach Mark Basham. “They are a hardworking team both on and off the court. They are all good students who did a great job in school during the fall semester, which is encouraging to see. They are also pretty steady and consistent in practice. Where last year’s team had a little more power, this year’s team is more consistent in regards to keeping the ball in play. Our matches may be little longer because of longer points.

“The 2014 team was a very experienced group with a good record of wins and losses (14-7 overall, 8-2 GSAC). At Nationals I felt like it just did not go our way. We lost in the Sweet Sixteen and I felt like we should have won our games against Bethany Kansas to keep us in the running,” recollected Basham. Since the end of that season, the focus has been on bringing in new talent to help build and grow the program even more.

Women’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

Submitted by: Christy Cain - January 23rd, 2015

By Christy Cain

The Westmont women’s tennis team will kick off their 2015 season this weekend against UC Santa Cruz at home on the Abbott Tennis Courts. The Warriors are in their second season under head coach Kendyll McManigal. With seven players who have significant experience under their belts, it looks to be a very exciting season.

“Last year was my first year as head coach so I think that I did not quite know what to expect about how we would do or all the responsibilities that come with being a head coach” opened Westmont alumna and head coach Kendyll McManigal. “All of that being said, I think last year was a great year for us– it was just a building year. We finished 11th in the NAIA and second in the Golden State Athletic Conference which are really good end results, but our record was 12-13 after Nationals. A lot of this had to do with the fact that I scheduled many hard matches as a first year coach. We played University of the Pacific, CSU Northridge twice, Lynn (one of the best Division II teams), Middlebury, Azusa Pacific and Point Loma. I have this belief that we need to play great teams in order to be prepared for our harder competition, but with that came some highs and lows. We gained a lot of experience and in turn, we gained confidence in our ability to overcome difficulties.”

This season, the women still have a highly competitive schedule of play, but not such an overwhelming number of non-conference match ups. “We had a great summer and a really productive fall season, so we are ready to hit the ground running. I made a good effort to not schedule as many back-to-back difficult matches. I think our schedule is a bit more even with matches we can definitely win, compared to the ones that will give us a challenge” explained McManigal.

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