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Westmont Places Thirteenth in NACDA Directors’ Cup

June 24th, 2013

In the release of the 2012-13 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup NAIA final standings, Westmont College Athletics has improved on last year’s nineteenth place finish by moving up to number 13 for the 2012-13 season. Westmont scored 539.50 points, second only to Concordia (Calif.) among Golden State Athletic Conference schools.

The thirteenth-place finish is the best for Westmont since 2002 when the Warriors placed a program-high seventh. Westmont, which also placed seventh in 1998, has finished in the top-ten on three occasions and the top-15 on eight.

“Like the GSAC All-Sports Award, our lofty standing in the Director’s Cup is another tangible measure of our accomplishments as an overall athletic program,” said Westmont athletic director Dave Odell. “I especially like the Director’s Cup because it rewards excellence across all sports and both genders equally.

“At Westmont, our coaching staff is very close,” continued Odell. “We cheer for each other, we encourage each other professionally and we feed off each other’s success. In fact, we even share athletes. This year we had five athletes compete in more than one sport. So, as a coaching staff, it is fun and motivating to have a collective goal that we can pursue together despite the varying natures of our particular sports.”

Volleyball Adds Six to Roster

June 18th, 2013

The Westmont Volleyball roster will be expanding as the Warriors bring in six freshman recruits for this fall. The new inductees are Jessica McCann of Lemoore, Miranda Beach of Encinitas, Sarah McGough of Stevenson Ranch, Kami Troesh of Newport Beach, Katie Napier of Rancho Santa Margarita and Alexa Nestlerode of Thousand Oaks.

Three of the six are setters. Beach (5-7), who played for Canyon Crest Academy High School and the Encinitas Wave club team, was an All-CIF San Diego Division II selection. After finishing second in the CIF-San Diego Division II Championship, Beach’s high school team reached the quarterfinals of the CIF-State Championship.

“Miranda is a talented setter with very nice hands and good defense,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “She has a good volleyball IQ and will be able to adapt quickly to the fast-paced offense we like to run. I am thrilled to have Miranda join the team and I look forward to watching her develop over the next four years.”

Nestlerode (5-8) played for Oaks Christian High School where she was a three-year varsity starter. She was a 2012 All Tri-Valley League first team selection and named to the 2012 Ventura County Star All-County Team. She was also named to the 2012 Los Angeles Daily News second team. Nestlerode also played for Pointwest Volleyball Club.

William Jessup to Join GSAC

June 18th, 2013

Westmont College will no longer be the only Warriors in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Dr. Paul Ague, Chair of the GSAC Council of Presidents, has announced that beginning with the 2014-15 season, William Jessup University will become the league’s ninth member.

“On behalf of the current eight members of the GSAC, I welcome William Jessup University into the conference. The university fits within our conference mission and strategic plan,” said Ague.

William Jessup, located in Rocklin, California, 25 miles east of Sacramento, has an enrollment of 1,016 students, 764 of which are undergraduates. Currently a member of the California Pacific Conference, William Jessup sponsors eleven sports:

Men’s Soccer Bolsters Lineup with Six Recruits

June 4th, 2013

Westmont Men’s Soccer has announced the signing of six recruits for the class of 2013. Five of the six are entering freshmen from California who hold a combined grade-point average of 3.65. The sixth, Jonathan Hernandez, comes to Westmont after two years at Los Angeles Mission College.

“This 2013 class will have an important impact on the program over the next four years,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf, “I think the greatest attribute that this class brings to Westmont is that each of the players fit the culture of our program very well. They are all excellent students, a vital ingredient to our program, and have learned how to balance their class work with demanding soccer schedules.

“They are also talented players that have distinguished themselves among the several hundred recruits we look at each year for an incoming class,” continued Wolf. “I am honored to have the opportunity to mentor each young man and my prayer is that the next four years will be a life-shaping experience for them.”

Rodrigo Diaz-Valdes comes to Westmont from Moraga. A striker or attacking midfielder, Diaz-Valdes will bring creativity and a nose for the goal to the offensive core.

Cook Still Dominates on the Court

June 3rd, 2013

Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook demonstrated that she still has what it takes to compete on the national stage. Cook and her teammates on the Green Star Coffee Shots are fresh back from Louisville where they won first place in the Women’s A Gold Division of the 2013 USA Volleyball Open Championships. Cook was named the tournament MVP.

Cook’s team included several with local connections: Ruth McGolpin, Lisa Gera, Susan Croshaw, Stacey Schmidt, head coach Katie Julian and assistant coach Christopher Julian. The rest of the team consisted of Los Angeles resident Lacey Gera (sister of Lisa), Lindsey Noll who played for Missouri and former Northern Arizona players Megan Greene and Anna Gott.

Because they were from various places around the country, the team never practiced all together before the start of the tournament. Even as they practiced the night before the tournament began, they were missing a couple of players, including the setter.