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Volleyball’s Season Comes to an End

November 29th, 2012

Westmont Volleyball gave Texas at Brownsville (29-1) a run for its money in the final game of play in Pool B at the NAIA National Tournament, but in the end the second-ranked Scorpions edged out the #11 Warriors 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23).

The loss brings an end to the Warriors’ season, giving them a final record of 25-10. Every loss on the year was to a ranked opponent and all but two losses were to teams ranked in the top-10 in the NAIA final national ranking.

“It always hurts to lose, but to end on a note like that, playing like that, makes the loss sting a little bit less,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We played really well and I told the team after the game that I am proud of the way they played this entire season. We got better as the season progressed. Our improvement really showed in that last match.

“Candice (Adema) was the star of the tournament for us,” reported Cook. “She was the key to the success of our offense. She made great decisions tonight and was very deceptive. A couple of times, she even caught me off guard and set it to our outside where there was a big hole in the block. That shows her experience as a setter. She was the most competitive person out there.”

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Volleyball defeats St. Francis at National Tournament

November 28th, 2012

On the second day of pool play at the NAIA National Tournament in Sioux City, Iowa, #11 Westmont Volleyball (25-9) swept St. Francis (Ill.) (37-8) by set scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-14. The Warriors used a solid team effort to post an attack percentage of .305 while committing just 12 hitting errors.

“The team played a lot more relaxed after getting a game under our belt yesterday,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We had a lot of people play well for us including freshman Sydney Striff who did well for us in the front row. Sydney has a live arm and we wanted to get her cracking before we came up against a big block tomorrow.”

Striff and sophomore outside hitter Madison Serrano led the team with 12 kills each. Striff posted a hitting percentage of .321 while Serrano’s hitting percentage was .333. Serrano also contributed 15 digs.

“Madison was playing very steady all the way around – in the front row and in the back row,” said Cook. “(Kristin) Schroeder had an unbelievable game with 12 digs in the first set. Candice (Adema) and Ciara (Turner) also did a great job. Even the bench was enthusiastic and involved in the plays. It was a team effort.”

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Volleyball Drops First Pool Play Game

November 27th, 2012

Westmont Volleyball, ranked at number 11, opened pool play in the 2012 NAIA Volleyball National Tournament with a 3-1 (25-22, 25-16, 15-25, 25-17) loss to #14 College of Idaho (23-6) on Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa.

“We are understandably disappointed because we aren’t content with just getting to nationals,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We want to do well while we are here.”

The biggest obstacle for the Warriors was the Lady Yotes’ presence at the net. Idaho posted 16 team blocks including six block assists by both 6-foot junior Liz Myers and 6-1 senior Torrey Hulsey.

“Their blocks were incredibly effective,” acknowledged Cook. “They are a good blocking team that had scouted us well and knew where we wanted to go. In this game today, we did not have the firepower to be able to go through the block and to be able to work around it. We thrive off of holes in the block and being able to have a deceptive offense. We weren’t able to do that today.”

Sophomore outside hitter Madison Serrano led the Warriors with 13 kills and added 14 digs and 27 server receptions. Junior middle blocker Ciara Turner added 12 kills and junior right side hitter Nichole Miller notched 11 kills. Senior setter Candice Adema had 49 assists while senior libero Kristin Schroeder produced 25 digs and 15 serve receptions.

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Warriors Claim Overtime Win

November 24th, 2012

Eighteen points from senior guard Preston Branson and 16 from senior forward Cooper Damron helped the Warriors pick up a 69-65 overtime win at Southwestern Assemblies of God (SAGU) of Texas on Saturday. Damron also had eight rebounds. The Warriors improved to 6-1 while the Lions fell to 4-1.

“This kind of game is good for us,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We’ve lost a couple of squeakers including one that didn’t count in the Bakersfield exhibition. To play against a team of this quality on their home court and to come away with this kind of victory is a tribute to our guys’ competitive toughness.”

According to the box score, the Warriors outplayed the Lions in everyway statistical category except one – turnovers. Westmont gave the ball away 29 times to Southwestern Assemblies’ 13.

“If you look at a game stat sheet and you shoot 53 percent on the road, almost 43 percent from the three-point line, 84 percent from the free throw line and outrebound the opponent by eight rebounds on their floor, you’d think we won the game by 25,” said Moore regarding the stats. “(The Lions) really scrapped and got plenty of steals. We gave the ball to them a little bit too much.”

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Warriors Feast in Rare Home Game

November 24th, 2012

Westmont Women’s Basketball (7-0) shot 52.7 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the free throw line on its way to an 82-59 win over Cal State San Marcos (3-5) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The game was only the second played at home by the Warriors this season.

“It was nice to be back at home after a really nice road trip,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “We definitely had some home cooking going on in our shooting tonight, especially from the three-point line.”

Tugce Canitez collected 28 points in 27 minutes of play while going 10 for 15 from the floor. Esther Lee tallied 15 points, going five for six from the three-point line in the first half. Lee is 10 for 17 from three-point range in the last 10 games.

Dori Lansbach added another 12 points, making four of six from the floor including three of five from beyond the arc.

“People are starting to step up and find roles and fill roles we needed to be fill,” said Moore about her team. “We saw that tonight with Esther and Dori stepping up and hitting perimeter shots for us and balancing Tugce’s ability to score. That really opened up a huge lead for us.”

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Warriors Take First Game of Texas Road Trip

November 23rd, 2012

Playing in front of fans from his home town of Dallas, Texas, senior guard Preston Branson poured in 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds as #8 Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-1) defeated Jarvis Christian (1-4) 83-65 on Friday night.

Branson, who also had four assists, was six of 14 from the floor including two of three from beyond the arc. He also made six of eight free throw attempts. Branson came to Westmont in the fall of 2009 from Trinity Christian Academy after leading the Trojans to a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) State Championship and earning TAPPS MVP honors.

“It was fun to see Preston play at a high level in front of family and friends,” said Westmont head coach John Moore of his leading scorer. “We had quite a few guys play well. Cooper had 18 really important points and was 9 of 12 from the field. Any time you go against a team that is athletic like that, you have to be really cleaver. Cooper is very cleaver out there. Preston found him a few times, Niko (Brooks) (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists) found him at important points and Brendan Hill (3 points, 2 assists) had some neat assists to Cooper. Cooper made himself open by being aggressive to the basket.”

Warriors Triumph over Pioneers

November 21st, 2012

Three Warriors scored in double figures as #7 Westmont Women’s Basketball (6-0) posted a 79-66 win over Cal State East Bay (2-2) on Wednesday afternoon in Hayward.

Senior forward Tugce Canitez led all scorers with 29 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. The point total was one less than her all-time high as a Warrior. Canitez was seven of 14 from the floor and 15 of 20 from the free throw line.

Sophomore guard Esther Lee drained five of nine from beyond the arc to tally fifteen points for the Warriors. Junior forward Kelsie Sampsion added 13 points and eight rebounds to the Warriors’ cause. Sampson made five of nine field goal attempts.

The Pioneers were led by Lauren Lucchesi with 17 points. Lucchesi made seven of ten from the field. Micah Walker posted 15 points for Cal State East Bay.

Down 13-12 with 15 minutes remaining in the first half, the Warriors produced a 22-6 run over the next six minutes to take a 34-19 lead. However, the Pioneers rallied to close out the half on a 15-6 run, drawing within six of the Warriors at halftime (40-34).

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Roadrunners Sneak Past Warriors in Exhibition

November 21st, 2012

Despite a 77-74 exhibition loss at Cal State Bakersfield, Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore was pleased with the play of his team.

“We played a really good game,” said Moore. “We had good effort and good execution. It came down to a couple of tough breaks at the end of the game and a couple of guys fouling out. We just couldn’t stop their number one (Tyrone White). But overall I am very proud of our guys and they should be very proud of themselves.”

White tallied 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists for the Roadrunners. Brandon Barnes added 24 points and five rebounds.

“Cooper Damron had a super game, particularly in the first half,” said Moore. “We got very good play out of our all-conference guys. C.J. (Miller) had another double-double and Preston (Branson) had 22 points and three assists and some big boards for us. I thought Preston was as good as anyone on the floor and Cooper and C.J. were the next best guys out there.”

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