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Three to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

September 29th, 2010

The Westmont Athletics Hall of Fame is about to increase in number by three. In a ceremony to be held on Friday, October 1 during Homecoming weekend, Tine Hardeman of the class of 1955 will be joined by two 1997 graduates – Miriam Niednagel Ryan and Riva DaSilva – as 2010 inductees.

First established in 1995, this year’s honorees will comprise the eighth class admitted into the Hall of Fame, bringing its membership to 31. The induction ceremony, at which dessert will be served, is scheduled to begin at seven o’clock.

In the 55 seasons of men’s basketball that have been played since Hardeman’s senior year, no one has dethroned him as the record holder for most points scored in a single game. Hardeman scored 46 points in a game against Chapman College, edging out his former teammate John Crew who had established the previous record of 45 just one year earlier. The most scored since that time was 43 points by Ron Estes in a game against Southern Utah during the 1965-66 season.

“It has been a long time coming,” said Westmont men’s basketball head coach John Moore, who, as associate athletic director, also chairs the Hall of Fame committee. “He was one the top players in the 50s.”

Hardeman scored 624 points during the 1954-55 season (sixth all-time), averaging 24.0 points per game, which is second only to Crew who averaged 26.2 in the 1952-53 season. Hardeman’s 237 field goals during his senior year ranks fourth in a single season.

Warriors Can’t Stop Eagles

September 28th, 2010

Westmont Volleyball welcomed third-ranked Biola to Murchison Gymnasium on Tuesday night with the hopes of upsetting the Eagles – and it looked for a while like the Warriors might pull it off. However, Biola withstood three Westmont set points in the opening frame and went on to sweep the Warriors 28-26, 25-20, 25-15.

“When we had the opportunity to score (to win the set), we got away from our game plan,” said Westmont head coach Jim Smoot. “We could have run the middle a little more in that situation. Our serve receive was really good in the first game and then I thought the next two games it broke down.”

Down 22-23 in the first set, freshman middle blocker Ciara Turner evened the score with an attacked that glanced off a solo blocker – whetting the Warriors appetite for an upset. Freshman right side hitter Kayta Goyich served and the Warriors picked up their first set point when Biola’s Christian Woodruff’s attack went long.

After a Biola timeout, Goyich served for the win. Turner attacked again from the middle, but the ball bounced off the head of an Eagle, returned to Westmont’s side of the net and was touched by a Warrior before hitting the ground.

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Warriors Host 30th Westmont Invitational

September 25th, 2010

Head coach Russell Smelley and the Westmont Cross Country teams hosted the Westmont Invitational on Saturday morning in an event that was about more than just racing.

“This is a classic college meet with the parents in attendance,” said Smelley. “It is about the atmosphere and the comradery, actually more than the competition. Having parents their cheering on their kids and having a couple of the (Westmont) teams coming out and cheering was a really nice thing.”

After the race, the campus swimming pool opened up for all contests, which, as Smelley put it, “gave the teams a chance to get to know each other and hanging out after the race.”

After the pool party, a three-hour meal for the Westmont team and their parents at State & A restaurant capped a day of events that reflects a unique dimension of college athletics.

Not that the competition was unimportant. For just the eighth time in the 30 years the event has been held, both Westmont’s men’s and women’s teams came out on top.

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Lancer Recover to Beat Warriors

September 25th, 2010

After scoring an early goal to take a 1-0 lead, Westmont Men’s Soccer couldn’t hold on in the Golden State Athletic Conference opener and lost to #9 California Baptist 2-1 in Riverside. With the loss, the Warriors fell to 5-1-2 (0-1 GSAC) while the Lancers improved to 7-1 (1-0 GSAC).

“We were actually really sharp out of the gate and played very well,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf, “which was surprising since it was so blazing hot. Unfortunately, we conceded quickly, which has been our Achilles heal.”

Westmont’s goal came in just the eighth minute of play when Harrison Hill slid the ball past the keeper to Nana Akyen who sent it home for his second goal of the year.

Just two and one-half minutes later, the Lancers evened the score at one on a goal by Marc Hope, assisted by Tiburcio Casillas. Cal Baptist’s second goal came in the fifty-eighth minutes when Osvaldo Bastida scored on a header off a pass from Tim Wardell.

Warriors First-Half Woes Continue

September 25th, 2010

Westmont Women’s Soccer (3-3-2, 0-1 GSAC) opened up Golden State Athletic Conference play on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to #4 California Baptist (7-1, 1-0 GSAC). The game was played in Riverside where the temperature soared to 104 degrees.

“We have shown that playing in this kind of temperature isn’t great for us,” said head coach Kristi Kiely, referring to losses at Redlands and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in similar conditions. “It was very challenging to play in conditions they are used to and we are not.”

But the heat is not Kiely’s biggest concern.

“Our biggest nemesis this year is ourselves in the first half,” said the coach. “If soccer was a one-half game, we would have a lot more success. We have yet to score in the first half and I think that is really important for us. We are a great second half team, but especially in our conference that is not going to be enough.”

Sea Lions Sweep Warriors

September 25th, 2010

Showing the inconsistency of youth, #24 Westmont Volleyball (8-7, 2-4 GSAC) suffered a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference loss to Point Loma Nazarene (8-7, 3-3 GSAC).

“After playing last night really aggressively (against San Diego Christian), we just played with our tail between our legs,” said Westmont Head Coach Jim Smoot. “Hopefully, we will learn from this that when you are playing top teams, you have to be aggressive. It’s more about our aggression and what we are doing on the court than it is what our opponents are doing on the court.”

Collectively, the Warriors’ middle blockers managed just eleven kills against the Sea Lions.

Volleyball Makes It Two Wins in a Row

September 24th, 2010

Freshman middle blocker Ciara Turner led the Warriors with 13 kills and posted a .381 attack percentage as #24 Westmont Volleyball (8-6, 2-3 GSAC) earned a three-game sweep over the Hawks of San Diego Christian (25-14, 25-15, 27-25). The Golden State Athletic Conference game was played in El Cajon.

In the first set, the Warriors jumped out to a 14-4 lead and never looked back. The second set started out as a close battle. However, with the San Diego Christian up 8-7, Westmont went on an 8-1 run to take control.

The third set was close throughout with the Hawks earning set-point at 24-23 on a kill by Sigourney Rockmore. Westmont outside hitter Alison Sharp (9 kills, 6 digs) produced a kill to tie the game at 24 before setter Candace Adema (4 kills, 34 assists) dumped the ball over the net to give Westmont a 25-24 advantage. Adema served for match point, but the Hawks’ Rockmore and Mariah Boelk blocked an attack by Sharp, tying the match at 25.

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Warriors Oust Royals in Three Game Sweep

September 18th, 2010

Senior outside hitter Alison Sharp connected for 14 kills and freshman middle blocker Ciara Turner added 12 more as the Warriors defeated the Royals of Hope International in straight sets (25-19, 25-21, 26-24) on Saturday night at Murchison Gymnasium. Turner also posted six block assists while Sharp added 16 service receptions and 9 digs.

The Warriors took control of the first set early, largely on the strength of Kristen Schroeder’s serving. The sophomore libero recorded two aces in serving the Warriors from a 5-3 advantage to a 9-3 lead.

“We have been working very hard every game,” said Schroeder. “Unfortunately we have had some unlucky breaks at the end. All of our matches have been really close. We fought hard the whole night tonight. (Before the game) we talked about playing with intensity every single point of the match and not letting up if we started getting down. Every point we played aggressive and with intensity.”

Schroeder led the team in both serve receptions (19) and digs (19).

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