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Mathews Takes Two in Season Opener

January 31st, 2011

Ilissa Mathews won at the number one spot in both doubles and singles, but those proved to be the only two points the Warriors would get in a 7-2 season opening loss to Cal State Bakersfield on Friday at the Abbott Tennis Courts.

Mathews and partner Tara Yekrang earned a 9-7 victory over Julian Mannix and Estafania Limpias at number one doubles to make the score 2-1 after doubles. At number two doubles, the Roadrunners’ Ashlee Thorneycroft and Julie Hutton defeated Sarah Chhum and Sarah Louie 8-2. Westmont’s Jenna Nelson and Alegra Aulie lost 8-2 on the number three court to Gabriela Horton and Veronica Dimas.

Mathews fell behind at number one singles, losing the first set 6-1.

“[Mannix] was overpowering me in the beginning,” reported the senior. “Then I got used to the pace. I needed to change it up and not play her game, but play my game. I hit high rolling shots and kind of messed with her head a little bit.”

As the sun was setting. Mathews had a chance to win the second set when she was serving at 5-4. But Mannix was able to break serve to extend the match. Matthews returned the favor to go up 6-5 and then held serve to claim the set 7-5.


Warriors Sweep Swedes

January 30th, 2011

Westmont Baseball is off to a 2-1 start after sweeping a home-opener doubleheader against the Swedes of Bethany (Kan.) on Saturday at Russ Carr Field. The Warriors took the opener 9-6 and then won the second game of the twin-bill 5-2.

“I am happy with the way the guys responded,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz, referring to Friday’s season opening loss at Whittier. “We got back late and didn’t have a lot of sleep. We had a team breakfast at 7:00 a.m. and the guys were on the field early. They came out and played with energy for two straight nine-inning ball games. Even in some adverse situation we fought through it and responded when we needed to.

Geoff Rocha started the first game for the Warriors and pitched five innings before leaving the game with a 4-2 lead. Rocha allowed two unearned runs and two hits while striking out four and issuing one walk.

“We were pleased with the way Geoff pitched today,” said Ruiz. “He got behind in the count more than we would like him to, but he was effective with all of his pitches and did what we asked him to do. We were hoping to get five (innings) out of him and we did.”

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Women Win with Stifling Second-Half Defense

January 30th, 2011

Twenty-second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball held the Sea Lions of Point Loma Nazarene to just 17 second-half points on Saturday night to claim a 60-45 win in a Golden State Athletic Conference match-up. It was the third win in a row for the Warriors (15-5, 7-5 GSAC) over the Sea Lions (9-10, 4-7), with two of those wins coming on the road.

Westmont led 22-15 with 5:28 to play in the first half and then went stone cold. The Sea Lions closed the half on a 13-0 run to take a 28-22 win into the locker room. But Westmont caught fire in the second half. Elizabeth Evancoe (8 points, 5 rebounds) hit a three-point bucket to start the second frame and kick off a 6-0 run that tied the game at 28-all. Westmont went on to outscore the Sea Lions 38-17 in the second half.

“We took care of the basketball and rebounded really well in the second half,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Offensively, we executed and got the ball inside. Our first half turnovers were the reason why we struggled early. We had 15 turnovers in the first half and only three in the second half. So our halftime talk focused on taking care of the ball and giving ourselves opportunities. We also focused on getting o-boards and giving ourselves opportunities.”

Angel Blanco led the Warriors in both scoring and rebounding with 15 points and nine rebounds.

“Angel was great tonight,” said Moore. “In the second half, they switched up to a four guard lineup so we were able to use her inside. She answered that call well and made some big buckets for us. She finished one rebound shy of a double-double.”

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Sea Lions Squeak out Narrow Victory over Warriors

January 30th, 2011

Westmont men’s basketball came up one point short in San Diego on Saturday night as the Warriors (15-6, 7-5 GSAC) lost a Golden State Athletic Conference game to Point Loma Nazarene (11-10, 7-5) by a score of 78-77. The contest was especially important because it gave the Sea Lions – with whom the Warriors are currently tied for fourth place in the conference standings – the tiebreaker between the two teams.

Back-to-back threes by Preston Branson and Matt Hornbuckle, followed by two-point baskets by Niko Brooks and Branson again, gave Westmont an early 10-0 lead, the only double-digit lead enjoyed by either team the rest of the night.

The Sea Lions, however, scored 19 of the next 23 points to take a 19-14 lead with 11:41 to play in the first half. With 4:42 remaining before intermission, the Sea Lions’ Hayden Lescault hit a long range bomb to give Point Loma its largest lead of the game 34-25. At halftime, the Sea Lions enjoyed a 38-32 advantage.

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Poets Rewrite Opening

January 28th, 2011

It wasn’t the way Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz would have scripted the outcome of opening day as Westmont fell to the Poets of Whittier by a score of 10-7. In the end, Ruiz found what every coach finds when his team takes the field for the first time – things to be pleased with and things to work on.

“Certain things we did paint a picture of the kind of baseball team we are,” said the coach. “Other things we didn’t do as well as I think we are capable of doing.”

The Warriors kicked off the game and the season with a promising first inning. Freshman shortstop Brent Fukushima led of the game, the season and his collegiate career with a home run to left field, putting the Warriors up 1-0. Then redshirt freshman J.J. Turbin, starting in centerfield, stepped to the plate and delivered a triple to right field. Senior second baseman Jordan Bottenfield was the third Warrior to the plate. His single to right drove in Turbin and put the Warriors up 2-0.

Warrior Baseball Tuned Up for 2011

January 28th, 2011

The familiar sounds of baseball are once again filling the air around Russ Carr Field – the sweet staccato of a fast ball coming to an abrupt halt in a catcher’s mitt, the authoritative encouragement of a coach molding his individual players into a harmonic team, the urgent instruction abbreviated to the repetition of a single number, “two, two, two”. These are but a few of the chords and countermelodies that form a symphony of anticipation and hope as opening day on the beloved diamond nears.

But wait! What sound is that? Not the familiar ping of an aluminum bat punishing a ball which brazenly dared to cross home plate. Nor is it the rich sound of wood redirecting the flight of rounded leather and 216 stitches. It’s something in between. It’s metallic, yet deeper in pitch. A familiar song sung in a different key.

College baseball is playing with a different instrument this year. The old bats have been retired and new bats have been introduced whose stated purpose is to reduce the exit velocity of balls from the bat.

Warriors Rally to Beat Biola

January 26th, 2011

After trailing 35-26 at halftime, Westmont Men’s Basketball rallied to claim a 71-67 win over the #16 Eagles of Biola in Murchison Gymnasium. Sophomore guard Preston Branson led the Warriors with 25 points and senior forward Blake Bender recorded his tenth double-double of the season (13 points, 12 rebounds) to lead the Warriors to victory.

“We were down at their place (in November) by seven points (at halftime) and we kind of folded in the second half,” said Branson. “We knew that if we didn’t come out aggressive and play our game we probably were going to lose it. But we didn’t. We fought hard and came out with a win. It felt like we were getting the guys open shots. We hit the open man and played unselfish tonight.”

With the win, Westmont improves to 15-5 overall and 7-4 in Golden State Athletic Conference action. Biola falls to 18-3 overall and 8-3 in conference play.

The second half did not start off well for the Warriors with Curtis Eatmon (10 points, 3 rebounds) nailing a three-point shot just eight seconds in. Five minutes into the second half, Biola still enjoyed an 11 point advantage (46-35).

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Eagles’ Strong Second Half Does in Warriors

January 26th, 2011

In a battle of top-25 teams, #22 Westmont Women’s Basketball came up short against sixth-ranked Biola, falling 61-51. The Warriors held the Eagles to just 18 points in the first half and led 25-18, but Biola outpaced Westmont 43-26 after the intermission to claim the Golden State Athletic Conference victory. Westmont falls to 14-5 overall and 6-5 in conference play, while Biola improves to 17-3 overall and 9-2 in the GSAC.

“Biola is a really tough team,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We played well defensively in the first half and made them work for everything. We knew that they were ranked number six for a reason and they were going to come out strong in the second half. They did just that. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to match their intensity, their effort and their physicality on the boards tonight.”

The game began to turn on a series of three-point buckets in the second half. With the Warriors up 31-24, Biola’s Emily Drews (14 points, 6 rebounds) drained a three-pointer to cut the margin to four (31-27) with just under 15 minutes to play. Westmont’s Vanessa Farias (3 points, 3 rebounds) answered back with a three of her own on the Warriors’ next possession. But Drews struck again from beyond the arc and Lauren Gustafson (8 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds) found her long distance range to pull the Eagles to within one (34-33).