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Westmont Reaches Top-20 in Directors’ Cup

June 28th, 2012

Westmont College Athletics finished in nineteenth place in the 2011-12 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NAIA final standings, an improvement of more the 50 places over last year. Nineteenth, out of nearly 300 schools, is the highest finish for the program in nine years.

The Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution’s finish in up to 12 sports — six women’s and six men’s.

“We’ve had somewhat of an athletics revival at Westmont the last few years,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “There has been no one particular initiative that has led to the improvement. I would say it has been a combination of the following:

Canitez and Turkey Advance from Pool Play

June 26th, 2012

Tugce Canitez is another step closer to becoming the third Olympic athlete in Westmont history after the Turkish Women’s Basketball National Team defeated Japan 65-49 on Tuesday to win the Group A pool.

Canitez, who saw just five minutes of playing time against Japan, made her only shot of the game to score two points. She also had one rebound. Yesterday, Canitez scored eight points and pulled down four rebounds while playing 17 minutes in Turkey’s 65-53 win over Puerto Rico.

Turkey will advance to the knockout round with a quarterfinal game against the loser in tomorrow’s Group B game between Argentina and the Czech Republic. The four winners of Thursday’s quarterfinal games secure Olympic berths. The losers advance to the semifinals to compete for the fifth and final Olympic spot.

Canitez Helps Turkey Win in Olympic Qualifier

June 25th, 2012

Westmont’s Tugce Canitez bubbled over with excitement after playing for her native country of Turkey in the Olympic Women’s Basketball Qualifying Tournament. The Turkish team posted a 65-53 win over Puerto Rico in the first game of Group A pool play. Canitez, who tallied eight points and four rebounds in 17 minutes of play, is thrilled that the tournament is being held in Ankara, Turkey.

“I have my parents here and everyone has their friends. It was, of course, cool for us,” said Canitez in a postgame interview on the FIBAWorld YouTube channel. “I was upset I didn’t play with (the Turkish National Team) last year, but I am really excited I have a chance to play in this tournament.”

Stuart, McGregor Honored as Academic All-Americans

June 19th, 2012

Westmont’s Kate Stuart and Melissa McGregor have been named to the Capitol One Academic All-America® College Division women’s cross country/track and field teams as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Stuart was named to the first team while McGregor was honored as a member of the second team.

Stuart, a senior from Gig Harbor, Washington, earned a 3.86 GPA in biology while McGregor, a senior from Stockton, recorded a 3.84 in sociology. Both student-athletes graduated from Westmont in May.

Stuart is a four-time NAIA All-American. In November, Stuart earned Cross Country All-American honors by finishing fourteenth at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, Washington. At the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March, Stuart earned All-American honors in the mile with a fourth place finish and in the distance medley relay as part of the Warriors’ fifth place team. Last month, Stuart finished fourth in the 1500 meters at the Outdoor Track and Field National Championships to capture her fourth All-American title.

Canitez Named to Turkish National Team

June 19th, 2012

Westmont Women’s Basketball fans have a keen interest in the London Summer Olympic Games, especially in women’s basketball. Westmont’s Tugce Canitez has been named to the Turkish National Women’s Basketball Team and hopes to represent her homeland in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Canitez has been training with the team since returning to Turkey shortly after the completion of her finals in early May.

Turkey, which has never qualified for the Olympics in women’s basketball, will be competing with eleven other teams in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, seeking one of five Olympic berths. The event begins on June 25 in Ankara, Turkey. The 12 teams have been divided into four groups of three teams each for round-robin play.

Turkey will compete in Group A with Japan and Puerto Rico. Turkey and Puerto Rico will begin Group A play on June 25 with Turkey and Japan playing on June 26. Japan and Puerto Rico are scheduled to play on June 27.

The top two teams from each group – eight in all – will advance to the quarterfinals of the knockout round which will take place on June 29. The four winners of quarterfinal games will earn a place at the Olympics. The four losers will advance to the semifinals where they will compete for the final Olympic berth beginning on June 30.

Four Warriors Named ITA All-Americans

June 12th, 2012

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association has released its 2012 All-America Teams for the NAIA and Westmont Men’s Tennis is well represented. In order to be named an ITA All-American, an individual must finish in the top 20 of the ITA singles rankings or in the top 10 of the ITA doubles ratings.

Bryan Cox of Alamo, California finished at number seven in the nation in singles. Cox and partner Rodrigo Schaefer of Florianopolis, Brazil finished as the fourth-ranked doubles team. Tim Goranson from Falkenberg, Sweden and John Bertram of Melbourne, Australia claimed the number ten ranking in doubles.

For Cox, it is the third time he has been named an ITA All-American, earning the honor in both singles and in doubles last year and in doubles in 2010.

Westmont’s four ITA All-Americans is the most from any school other than Embry-Riddle (Fla.) which had five. Other Golden State Athletic Conference athletes who received ITA All-America honors include Janosch Apelt and Jochen Hoefnagels from Azusa Pacific; Bruno Santarelli of Concordia; Cledson Carvalho, Kirill Sinitsym and Xavier Smith of Fresno Pacific and Yagor Kryvaruchka, Roger Muri and Lucas Pereira of Vanguard.

Volleyball Adds Three to Fall Roster

June 12th, 2012

Patti Cook, head coach for Westmont Volleyball, has announced the signing of three new recruits for the 2012 season – Sydney Striff of Valencia High School in Valencia, Missy Fuerst of Capital Christian High School in Sacramento and Sarah Pierson of Trinity Valley School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Striff (5-11) will play at the outside hitter and right-side hitter positions. Playing for Valencia, where she served as team captain, Striff was named to the All-Foothill League first team as well as the All-Santa Clarita Valley first team. At the 2011 Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix, Striff was named to the All-Tournament Team. Striff and the Vikings also participated in the inaugural AAU interscholastic beach volleyball championship in Santa Monica where they won the tournament.

“Sydney is a strong attacker, puts up a formidable block and is super athletic,” said Cook. “She has had excellent coaching and competition at the high school and club level, which has prepared her well for the college game. Watching her develop over the past year has shown me that she will be a tremendous asset to our team.”

In addition to her high school career, Striff played seven years for Legacy Volleyball Club. This past season she and her teammates on the 17-1 team won the Phoenix Volleyball Festival.