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Warriors Defeat Lions as Schmalbach Eclipses 1,000 points

February 27th, 2010
Andrew Schmalbach

Westmont Men’s Basketball (21-7, 13-6 GSAC) put itself into position to take a shot at a third-place finish in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings by defeating Vanguard in Costa Mesa by a score of 88-69. The Warriors are currently tied for third place in the GSAC with #24 Azusa Pacific (20-9, 13-6 GSAC) and will take on the Cougars on Monday night at Murchison Gymnasium in the final game of the regular season.

“It was a good win for us,” said Westmont Head Coach John Moore. “I was encouraged by the way we played. Everything about it indicated that we were ready to play. (Former Coach) Chet Kammerer was here for the game and said that that the team has a different demeanor and confidence to it.”

Senior shooting guard Andrew Schmalbach made five of nine shots from beyond the arc to tally 15 points and push his career scoring total to 1,014 points. Schmalbach becomes the thirty-sixth member of the Warriors’ millennial club and is currently at number 33 on the career scoring list.

“Andrew’s shooting touch is back,” said Moore. “He has shot it very well the last few games. CJ (Chris Jackson) and others found him wide open at the three-point line and he was very aggressive.”

Women’s Basketball Falls to Lions

February 27th, 2010

Westmont Women’s Basketball (16-11, 9-10 GSAC) had hoped to make a statement in Costa Mesa against the number three ranked team in the NAIA, but was unable to tame the Lions of Vanguard (21-2, 17-2 GSAC). The Warriors fell 94-80 in the Golden State Athletic Conference contest.

“Overall, I was really proud of our teams’ effort,” said Westmont Head Coach Kirsten Moore. “I thought we played extremely hard and with a lot of heart. We played like we believed we could win that game.”

All five of the Warriors’ starters reached double-figures. Senior post Alisha Heglund recorded 18 points while making seven of eleven attempts from the floor. Senior shooting guard Jessica Case recorded 17 points and tallied five assist. Senior point guard Amber Stevens added 16 points, 9 rebounds and three assists.

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Warriors Sweep Eagles

February 26th, 2010

Westmont Men’s Tennis, ranked number eight in the NAIA, claimed their fourth win of the season against two losses with a 9-0 victory over the Eagles of Biola (1-7, 0-5 GSAC). With the win, Westmont improved to 3-1 in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

In doubles action, Carlos Lima and Bryan Cox teamed up at number one to defeat Weston Leopold and Brent Worthington by a score of 8-3. On the number two court, Diego Almeida and Mattias Neuman earned an 8-4 win over David Mossman and Dan Westman. At number three, Tiago Hayashi and Arthur Kalayjian defeated Ryan Adams and Nicholas Lazar 8-2.

Women’s Tennis Beats Storm and Biola

February 26th, 2010

In an effort to play a match scheduled for this afternoon with Biola before the forecasted heavy rains reached Santa Barbara, #15 Westmont Women’s Tennis (2-4, 2-2 GSAC) moved up its match from a 2:00 p.m. start time to 11:30 a.m. The earlier start time appears to have agreed with the Warriors who defeated the Eagles (1-5, 0-5 GSAC) by an 8-1 score on the Abbott Tennis Courts in a Golden State Athletic Conference match.

The Warriors swept the double matches beginning on the number one court where Cassie Strange and Ilissa Mathews defeated Joelle Tanaka and Samantha Weng 8-1. At number three, Sarah Chhum and Hanna Day claimed an 8-3 victory over Marvelous Beckman and Danielle Calbeck. The number two match was a bit closer, but Tara Yekrang and Sarah Louie prevailed 8-6 over Christine Garner and Kristen Williams.

Baseball Doubleheader Postponed

February 26th, 2010

Due to the forecast of heavy rain on both Friday and Saturday in the Santa Barbara area, Westmont Baseball’s doubleheader with Fresno Pacific has been postponed. The two teams were scheduled to meet for the final two games of their four-game series.

Yesterday, Westmont and Fresno Pacific split a doubleheader in Fresno with the Sunbirds taking the first game 9-0 and Westmont posting an 8-7 win in the second game.

No date has yet been set for making up the Golden State Athletic Conference games.

Warriors Open GSAC by Splitting with #9 Fresno Pacific

February 26th, 2010

After falling victim to an outstanding pitching performance by Fresno Pacific’s Kelyn Scellenberg in today’s doubleheader, the Warriors bounced back with an 8-7 win in the second game. The games, which were played at FPU field, were conference openers for both teams. Ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Fresno Pacific (9-1, 1-1 GSAC) won the first game 9-0.

“Schellenberg did a great job,” acknowledged Westmont Head Coach Robert Ruiz. “He stayed down in the strike zone all day. We just didn’t make the adjustments we needed to make. He wasn’t striking us out but we continued to hit balls into the ground. We started to make the adjustment, but we made it too late. Hats off to him, he did a great job.”

The Warriors were held hitless until Terrell (TK) Wong opened the top of the ninth with a single up the middle. The Warriors only other hit was produced later in the inning by designated hitter Tim Leary who singled down the left field line.

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Women’s Tennis Seeks Return to Nationals

February 24th, 2010

By Kathy LeSage

As the 2010 season begins, Westmont Women’s Tennis is looking to make their twenty-fourth trip to the NAIA National Tournament in the last 29 years. In 2009, the Warriors missed a trip to the NAIA Nationals but ended the season ranked at number 21 nationally.

Senior Cassie Strange will try her hand at the #1 singles position this year. In the 2009 season, Strange had the best record on the team at 10-10 playing at the number two singles spot. Strange is a very experienced player who knows how to compete with the top players. Her goal this year is to maximize her assets as an all-court player – looking to attack the net whenever possible.

Ilissa Mathews is off to a great start playing in the number two singles position. She has posted straight set wins over four of her five opponents thus far. This includes a win over twenty-ninth ranked Nathalie NcNall. Mathews missed the fall preseason while she was traveled to Europe with Westmont’s off-campus program. She is starting to regain her form and become a huge threat to the powerhouse teams in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Mathews is petite in stature but can wallop the ball and surprise unsuspecting opponents.

Baseball Rained Out

February 24th, 2010

Westmont’s Golden State Athletic Conference opener at Fresno Pacific will have to wait a day. Rain forced the cancellation of tonight’s game which has been rescheduled as a doubleheader tomorrow beginning at 1:00 p.m. Two nine-inning games are planned according to GSAC policy.

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for only a 10% chance of rain in the Fresno area with highs in the low 60s.

The two teams are also scheduled for a Saturday doubleheader at Russ Carr Field. However, the Santa Barbara forecast calls for a 70% chance of rain.