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Women’s Tennis Drops Match to Cougars

March 30th, 2010
Ilissa Mathews

Sixth-ranked Azusa Pacific (11-4, 7-4 GSAC) paid a visit to the Abbott Tennis Courts on Tuesday afternoon and left with an 8-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over Westmont Women’s Tennis (4-11, 4-7 GSAC).

The Warriors’ Ilissa Mathews and Cassie Strange picked up Westmont’s only win at number one doubles, defeating Sheryl Bon and Sarita Adhikary 8-5. Matthews and Strange bolted out to a 7-2 lead and had two match points before Bon and Adhikary rallied to take three games in a row to make it 7-5. With Strange serving, Bon and Adhikary survived another seven match points before Strange and Matthews wrapped up the match.

In the number two doubles match, Azusa’s Casey Wetzig and Leah Hoffee defeated Tara Yekrang and Sarah Louie 8-4 while on the number three court, Jessalyn Lau and Marie Tanaka swept Sarah Chhum and Audrey Seversen 8-0.

The Cougars had an easy time of it in the bottom two-thirds of the singles lineup. At number three, Severson lost to Emily Ignas 6-0, 6-0 and at number four Wetzig lost to Louie 6-0, 6-2. Tanaka earned a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Chhum at number five and Lau defeated Hanna Day 6-0, 6-0 at number six.

On the number one court, Bon defeated Strange 6-1, 6-1 in a match which lasted much longer than the score would indicate.


Warriors Can’t Tame Cougars

March 30th, 2010
Tiago Hayashi

It wasn’t the performance Westmont Men’s Tennis coach Mark Basham had hoped for as #7 Westmont (8-6, 5-5 GSAC) took on the fifth-ranked Cougars of Azusa Pacific (13-3, 7-2 GSAC) on Tuesday at the Abbott Tennis Courts. The Warriors managed only one win, falling 8-1 to the Cougars in the Golden State Athletic Conference match.

Westmont’s win came at number three singles where Tiago Hayashi defeated Alex Lane 6-4, 7-5. After leading throughout the first set, Hayashi fell behind 5-2 in the second set. But the junior from Sao Paulo, Brazil reeled off five straight games to claim both the set and the match.

At number one singles, Carlos Lima fell to Matthijs Bolsius 6-2, 7-5 while at number two, Bryan Cox lost to Janosch Apelt 6-3, 6-2. Diego Almeida lost on the number four court 6-4, 6-1 to Jochem . At number six, Arthur Kalayjian lost 6-1, 6-2 to Danny Colten.

On the number five court, Matthias Neuman lost 7-5 to Mathias Weber in the first set and the two competitors were tied at three-all in the second set before Neuman was forced to retire with leg cramps.


Wednesday Baseball Game Canceled

March 29th, 2010

Westmont Athletics was informed today that La Sierra University will not be sending their baseball team to Santa Barbara for Wednesday’s scheduled game. La Sierra Athletic Director Javier Krumm informed Westmont Athletic Director Dave Odell that they do not have enough healthy players to field a team this week.

The Warriors will play home games on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, Westmont will host Chapman in a non-conference game at three o’clock. Then on Friday, the Warriors will host Fresno Pacific in a doubleheader. The Warriors were originally scheduled to host on the Sunbirds on February 27, but rain forced a postponement until this week. Friday’s twin bill will begin at eleven o’clock.

Westmont Track Opens with Celebration Meet

March 27th, 2010

The Westmont track and field community spanning six decades gathered on Saturday afternoon for the inaugural meet of the refurbished Westmont Track. Dignitaries included Westmont President Gayle Beebe, former Westmont head coaches Jim Klein and Steven Hughes and former Point Loma Nazarene head coach Jim Crakes.

Russell Smelley, who is in his thirty-second year as Westmont’s head coach, was pleased to introduce Coach Bill Jordan from the University of Richmond. Smelley described his former coach as, “having the very significant impact on the development of my own character when I was a student-athlete at Richmond.”

Westmont alumnus Dennis Savage (1970), who still holds the Westmont record for the mile (4:00.84), opened the ceremony by telling of the many Olympians and other track and field elite who had run upon the old track which was now “buried five feet under the new track.”

Dr. Beebe welcomed those assembled and saluted the dedication of Smelley in nurturing and developing young men and women over a period of more than three decades. Klein, who served as coach from 1960-76, spoke of the development of the track from a plain grass field, to a dirt and rock surface with wood boarders, to a clay track with cement boards. When UCSB built the first all-weather track in the region, Westmont was the recipient of the crushed brick material which was placed atop the clay surface.


Hawks Sweep Warriors at Stars Field

March 24th, 2010

Despite outhitting the Hawks of San Diego Christian (4-18, 4-14 GSAC), Westmont Baseball (8-18, 4-12 GSAC) was swept in a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader played at Stars Field in Lakeside on Wednesday afternoon. The Hawks took the first game 11-6 and then edged out the Warriors 4-3 in second game. Altogether, the Warriors stranded 21 men on the base pads.

Starter Gregg Pellici took the loss for the Warriors in the first game after giving up four runs on eight hits in five innings. The lefthander struck out three and allowed just one walk.

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First Meet at Westmont Track on March 27

March 24th, 2010
Westmont Track Opens March 27

By Scott Craig

Westmont opens its new state-of-the-art track and field/soccer complex Saturday, March 27, with a 10 a.m. ceremonial first lap, following speeches by President Gayle D. Beebe and former track coach Jim Klein. The first competition on the synthetic, all-weather, 400-meter track will be a predict-your-time mile that’s open to the public. Westmont then hosts an official track-and-field meet with teams from Biola, George Fox and Fresno Pacific Universities beginning at 10:45 a.m. with field events; running events begin at noon.

Soil from the basements of Adams Center for the Visual Arts and Winter Hall for Science and Mathematics has been used to raise the elevation of the new track and soccer complex. Spectators can enjoy tiered, four-foot wide, landscaped seating terraces cut into the hillside above the track. There is also a restroom facility near the track, which includes track storage and a scorer’s area.

Head Track and Field Coach Russell Smelley, in his 32nd year at Westmont, says the new track is exciting for the current team and will encourage recruits to choose Westmont. “The facility will also be a draw for fitness running for the campus community,” he says. “It’s a beautiful and serene site.”

Warriors Show Competitive Spirit in Split with Vanguard

March 20th, 2010

It was great day for baseball at Russ Carr Field on Saturday as Westmont hosted conference-leading Vanguard in a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader. The two teams treated the fans to an enjoyable afternoon of quality baseball and each walked away with a win. The Warriors (8-16, 4-10 GSAC) took the first game 10-8 while the Lions (22-5, 13-3 GSAC) claimed the second 8-6.

“I hope you guys taped those games because you could sell those DVDs,” said Vanguard Head Coach Ralph Grajeda, referring to the quality of play.

“I thought our guys competed really well,” said Westmont Head Coach Robert Ruiz. “Our goal is to be competitive and not give into the score whether we are up or down – to play the game hard and the right way. Our guys did that today.”

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Lions Edge Warriors Twice

March 18th, 2010

Westmont Baseball took on Vanguard (21-4, 12-2 GSAC) in a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader in Costa Mesa on Thursday afternoon. The Warriors (7-15, 3-9) were narrowly defeated in both games, falling 3-1 in the first and 8-7 in the second.

Greg Pellici took the mound to start the first game and turned in a solid outing. The junior lefthander allowed three runs on eight hits over seven innings of work. He struck out four and walked one.

But the Warriors could not generate enough offense to post runs on the board. Freshman third baseman Chris Ramirez and freshman second baseman Evan Wadginski each went three for four at the plate to accounted for 75 percent of the Warriors offensive output.

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