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Archive for January, 2009

Men’s Tennis Felled in Thousand Oaks

January 31st, 2009

Westmont Men’s Tennis suffered a 6-3 loss at California Lutheran (1-0) on Saturday morning bringing their season record to 1-1. After winning his doubles match with partner Bryan Cox, Westmont’s Mattias Neuman was forced to withdraw from the number one singles match due to illness. Neuman and Cox defeated the Kingsmen’s Paul Wetterholm and Forrest Hunt by a score of 8-4 at number one doubles.

However, California Lutheran picked up wins at number two and three doubles. At number two, Ryan Lassila and John Karsant were down 6-3 to Westmont’s Aaron Cooke and Diego Almeida before bounding back and forcing the match into a tiebreaker. The CLU duo prevailed 14-12 in the tiebreaker format.


Warriors Fired Up for the 2009 Season

January 30th, 2009

Fans of Westmont Baseball will notice quite a few changes around Russ Carr Field on Saturday when the Warriors host Cal State San Marcos in a home opening doubleheader. Some changes will be obvious and others more subtle.

Among the most obvious will be the absence of the grand stands that once encircled the area behind home plate. The raised wooden platform, along with 15 faculty homes on the other side of the creek adjacent to the field, was destroyed by the Montecito Tea Fire on the night of November 13.

Gone too, is much of the vegetation which surrounded the idyllic location. The old wooden dug outs became victims of the fire along with a good bit of equipment stored within. The cage which stood over home plate for batting practice was destroyed along with much of the chain link on the backstop, the irrigation system and the electrical wiring.

Case Scores 19 in Second Half in Warrior Win

January 28th, 2009

Fifteenth-ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (15-3, 7-3 GSAC) came from eight points down at halftime to pull off a 72-67 win on their home court on Tuesday evening against #20 Azusa Pacific (14-6, 5-5 GSAC). Jessica Case scored 19 points, all in the second half, and pulled down four boards while Amber Stevens added 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds.

“Azusa came to play tonight,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They played an incredibly intense, aggressive game against us. Their defense in the first half was really good and we really struggled with it. We turned the ball over and gave them easy buckets in transition.”

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Men’s Basketball Falters in Second Half

January 28th, 2009

After posting a 33-26 half time lead over #16 Azusa Pacific (14-6, 7-3 GSAC), Westmont Men’s Basketball (11-8, 5-5 GSAC) couldn’t hold on in the second half and fell 70-60. The Cougars outscored the Warriors 17-2 in the first five and one-half minutes of the second half to take control of the game.

“I thought the first five minutes of the second half, for what ever reason, we just didn’t come out with great intensity, which was unfortunately the very thing we talked about at half time,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “In his pre-game talk, (Westmont athletic director) Dave Odell talked about boldness in our approach to basketball and to life. I thought we were very bold in the first half, but our defensive boldness in the second half wasn’t quite what it was in the first half. We got back on our heels a little bit and we turned it over entirely too much at key times.”

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Guards Lead the Way in Warrior Victory

January 24th, 2009

Westmont Men’s Basketball (11-7, 5-4) used two runs of 9-0 and 14-0 in the first half to defeat the Lions of Vanguard by a score of 71-54 on Saturday night in Costa Mesa. Three guards scored in double-digits to lead the Warriors. Senior Tyler Dutton and junior Andrew Schmalbach each made thee from long range and scored 13 apiece. Junior Chris Jackson scored 12 points, tallied seven assists and pulled down five rebounds.

The Warriors’ defense held the Lions to 33.3% shooting (18 of 54) from the field and 26.1% (6 of 23) from beyond the arc. Westmont shot 51.1% from the floor (24 of 57) and 58.3% from three-point range (7 of 12). The Warriors out-rebounded Vanguard 41-26.

After falling behind 11-4 to start the game, Dutton hit back-to-back threes to start a 9-0 run which gave the Warriors a 15-11 advantage. The Lions tied the game at 17 and again at 19, before the Warriors exploded again with 14 straight points to go ahead 33-19 with 7:05 to go in the first half.

Lions Edge Out Warriors in Costa Mesa

January 24th, 2009

Junior post player Alisha Heglund knocked down 22 points and junior guard Jessica Case added 18, but the #15 Westmont Women’s Basketball (14-3, 6-3) team could not pull off the upset of #2 Vanguard (15-2, 9-0) as the Lions outscored the Warriors 83-75 in Costa Mesa.

Heglund made 10 of 18 attempts from the floor and pulled down seven rebounds. Sophomore forward Angel Blanco (6 points) led the Warriors in rebounding with 11 while junior point guard Amber Stevens tallied eight rebounds, and eight assists.

Case made five of 11 from three point range and freshman guard Katie Kittle scored in double digits making 5 of 11 from the floor on her way to 12 points.

Men’s Tennis Sweeps Leopards in Season Opener

January 24th, 2009

A break in the rainy weather allowed Westmont Men’s Tennis to open the 2009 season with a 9-0 sweep of the La Verne Leopards (0-1) on Saturday at the Abbott Tennis Courts.

“It was a good season opener and I’m really glad were able to get this match in despite the weather conditions,” said Westmont head coach Chris Elwood. “With two days of no practice, this is a great way for my team to prep up for next week and a tough Cal Lutheran team next Saturday.”

Because of the threat of more rain, the singles matches were played first. Westmont won all but six games in the six matches and did not give up a set.


New Look Warriors Look to Make a Difference – 2009 Men’s Tennis Seaon Preview

January 23rd, 2009

“Our team will have a new face,” said Westmont Men’s Tennis head coach Chris Elwood while reflecting on the upcoming 2009 season. The confidence reflects not only four new recruits, but a higher level of play and a new team spirit.

“It was a very strong recruiting year,” said Elwood. “What I enjoyed the most during the off-season was the team’s dedication to practice and their love of the sport. That will show up in our season. This team has been a blessing to me as a coach and a pleasure to lead.”

Coach Elwood is optimistic that the team’s dedication will give the Warriors an opportunity to return to postseason play.