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Lions Spoil Warriors’ Upset Bid

November 13th, 2013
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Despite 16 kills from Madison Serrano and 12 from Ciara Turner, #14 Westmont Volleyball (20-8, 6-7 GSAC) dropped a Golden State Athletic Conference match to #10 Vanguard on Tuesday night at Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors fell in four sets 25-18, 25-23, 13-25, 25-19.

“We were not ready to play in the first two sets,” acknowledged Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “Sometimes we can get a little bit too caught up in the game plan and forget to play the game. We were making some uncharacteristic errors. I felt like our effort was good at the end and I liked how we finished. But you can’t have 29 (attack) errors and expect to beat a team like Vanguard.”

Westmont fell behind 12-4 to start the first set, committing seven errors in the first 16 rallies. The eight-point deficit proved too much for the Warriors to overcome.

The second set did not start off much better as the Lions roared out to a 7-2 start with Westmont committing five errors in the first nine plays. However, Westmont responded with an 8-3 run to tie the set at 10.

Smith Named National Defensive Player of the Week

November 12th, 2013
Lindsey Smith named NAIA Defensive Player of the Week

A day after earning Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Defensive Player of the Week honors, Westmont (15-0-3) goalkeeper Lindsey Smith has been named the NAIA National Defensive Player of the Week. Last week, the senior from Pleasanton shut out #11 Vanguard (15-4) for the third time this year, recording her eighth complete game shutout of the season.

Smith has allowed just six goals in Westmont’s 18 games this season, resulting in a goals-against average of 0.38. Last week, Smith was named the GSAC Co-Player of the Year.

“The awards have started to come in for Lindsey rapidly, and they are well deserved,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. She has less saves than last year, but almost every one of those saves have been a really big save. In some of our bigger games – Concordia of Oregon, Vanguard the first time around, Concordia (Calif.), The Master’s – she has kept us in the game.

Tough Loss Spoils Westmont’s Postseason Journey

November 11th, 2013
Seniors Nana Akyen (left) and Sean Siemens (right) celebrate after Siemen's first half goal

By Jordan Wyatt:

A date in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals with longtime rival #20 Biola (14-3-1) stood between Westmont Men’s Soccer’s (11-7) and their hope to obtain an automatic bid to the national tournament in next Saturday’s GSAC Final.

At the end of the match, it was the Eagles – not the Warriors – who departed Al Barbour Field with a GSAC Finals berth. In heartbreaking fashion, Biola derailed Westmont’s dream, outshooting the Warriors 28-7, and outscoring the Warriors 2-1.

“I thought our guys maxed it out today,” expressed Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Playing on the road against a team that had a bye was a huge task for our group. They gave everything that they had to give, and as a result of that, they’ll get through this pretty quickly. It’s painful right now, but they’ll soon be able to reflect on what really was a tremendous season for our team.”

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Volleyball Falls to Biola in Three Sets

November 10th, 2013

The third-ranked Eagles of Biola (21-2, 11-1 GSAC) defended their home court on Saturday night, defeating #14 Westmont (20-7, 6-6) in straight sets (25-17, 25-15, 25-18) in a Golden State Athletics Conference match.

Biola’s Amy Weststenyn led all scorers with 15 kills while Alyssa Mason added another 10. Westmont was led by Sydney Striff with seven kills and Ciara Turner with five.

The Warriors struggled offensively, recording just a .091 attack percentage (27 kills and 19 errors on 88 attempts). In each set, the Eagles jumped out to an early lead and the Warriors were unable to make up the difference. In fact, Westmont’s only lead occurred on a kill by Turner on the first point of the first set.

In other GSAC action, #2 Concordia (21-2, 11-1) swept Hope International (5-20, 1-11) and #10 Vanguard (20-6, 8-4) posted a three-set win over San Diego Christian. #11 The Master’s (18-7, 7-5) went on the road to defeated Arizona Christian (1-21, 0-12) by a score of 3-1.

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Cross Country Teams Finish Third and Fifth

November 10th, 2013
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Westmont Women’s Cross Country, ranked at number 16 in the NAIA, placed third at the Golden State Athletic Championship on Saturday. The Westmont men’s team finished fifth out of eight teams.

Freshman Kelley Collins placed fifth in the women’s 5,000 meter race in a time of 18:00, a season best and a team record time on the course.

“Kelly went out strong from the gun, as she was supposed to,” said Westmont head coach Russell Smelley. “She ran most of the race by herself in a gap between the front four and the next four who were chasing her.”

Sophomore Piper Bain was the Warriors’ second finisher, claiming 14th place in a time of 18:29.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Warriors Advance to GSAC Championship

November 10th, 2013

Third ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer has advanced to the championship game of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament with a 4-0 win over #11 Vanguard (15-4).

The Warriors will travel to Irvine for next Friday’s game to face #7 Concordia who shares an identical record of 15-0-3 with Westmont. Concordia and Westmont are the only two undefeated teams in the NAIA. In their previous meeting, the two squads played two a scoreless tie though two overtime periods. Kick-off is scheduled for one o’clock.

“It was really fun today,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We asked the team to put it all together today – to play good soccer and to capitalize on their opportunities more than we did in our last game. I felt like they did that.

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Lee Goes Three-Happy in Warrior Win

November 10th, 2013

Westmont Women’s Basketball (2-1) completed play in the Westminster (Utah) Fall Classic on Friday with a 59-48 win over Montana Tech. (3-1). Esther Lee drained seven three-point field goals – including five of seven in the second half – to lead the Warriors with 27 points. She also went six for six from the free throw line, all in the second half.

Kelsie Sampson added another 16 points and pulled down five rebounds. Sampson also was six for six from the charity stripe. As a team, Westmont shot 90.5 percent from the free throw line, making 19 of 21.

The game remained close throughout the first half with neither team claiming more than a five point advantage. Montana Tech took a 25-22 advantage into the locker room.

With 11:30 minutes to play in the second half, Montana Tech’s Kelsey Dewit struck from beyond the arc, making it a 36-35 Westmont lead. It would be nearly eight and one-half minutes before the Diggers would score from the field again. In the meantime, Westmont would put together a 17-3 run and go up 53-48 with 3:14 left in regulation.

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Tough Loss Spoils Westmont’s Postseason Journey

November 9th, 2013
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(LA MIRADA, Calif.) A date in the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Semifinals with longtime rival #20 Biola (14-3-1) stood between Westmont Men’s Soccer’s (11-7) and their hope to obtain an automatic bid to the national tournament in next Saturday’s GSAC Final.

At the end of the match, it was the Eagles – not the Warriors – who departed Al Barbour Field with a GSAC Finals berth. In heartbreaking fashion, Biola derailed Westmont’s dream, outshooting the Warriors 28-7, and outscoring the Warriors 2-1.

“I thought our guys maxed it out today,” expressed Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Playing on the road against a team that had a bye was a huge task for our group. They gave everything that they had to give, and as a result of that, they’ll get through this pretty quickly. It’s painful right now, but they’ll soon be able to reflect on what really was a tremendous season for our team.”

Biola senior forward Daniel Chew, who performed dazzlingly in the two team’s previous matchup, recording a hat-trick in the first 20 minutes, harassed the Warriors throughout the match. Fellow Eagles Michael Kute and John Hanscom also tested the Warriors’ back line, rocketing multiple shots wide and high during the initial period.

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