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Texas-Brownsville Flexes Muscles in Warrior Loss

December 4th, 2013

Fourteenth ranked Westmont Volleyball (22-10) found it tough going against the top-ranked team in the NAIA, falling to Texas-Brownsville (33-0) in straight sets (25-14, 25-21, 25-11). The match took place on the second day of Pool Play in the NAIA National Championship in Sioux City, Iowa.

“Texas-Brownsville is a very good team with a lot of heavy arms and a lot of height,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “They definitely showed why they are the number one team in the nation. They have a lot of offensive power and we couldn’t stop them.

“We were hoping to get a little more offense going from our side, but (UTB) had a nice big block and some very powerful servers.”

Ciena Colburn, Madison Serrano and Marie Trudelle led the Warriors’ offense with seven kills apiece.

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Columbia Sails Past Warriors

December 3rd, 2013
Westmont vs. Columbia (Mo.) at NAIA National Championships (Courtesy Cindy Potter)

Westmont Volleyball lost the opening match of pool play at the NAIA National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa on Tuesday. The #14 Warriors (22-9) fell to #11 Columbia of Missouri (29-9) in four sets 25-17, 21-25, 25-19, 25-16.

“We played pretty well, but it came down to being outsized in a few key areas and making too many errors on our side (of the net),” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “We got stuck in a couple of rotations and had difficulty siding out, which we don’t normally do. A lot of that was due to Columbia being so strong in transition.”

Tied at 10 points each in the first set, the Cougars used a 9-0 run to take control of the opening frame. The Warriors rebounded in the second set, however. At 16-all, Sydney Striff delivered a kill to spark a 4-0 Westmont run that was capped by a kill from Madison Serrano. Columbia pulled within two (22-20) on a kill by Trinity Ojo, but the Warriors scored on three of the next four serves to knot the game at one set apiece. Setter Heidi Thompson scored the set-winner on a dump over the net.

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Birthday Boy Billy Delivers the Knockout Blow

December 3rd, 2013

Fans at Murchison Gymnasium Tuesday evening witnessed an extremely hard-nosed hoops contest as Westmont Men’s Basketball (5-2) took on the Stags of NCAA Division III Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (4-3). For the second time on the young season (assistant coach Jeff Azain on November 11), the Warriors bestowed the best birthday present a team member could ask for – a victory.

The game exhibited the aggressiveness, stingy defense, and physical exertion one would normally observe in a boxing ring. Overall, the evening featured eight ties and 13 lead changes. By the end of the night, Westmont had certainly earned their mascot’s name, as the “Warriors” defeated the Stags by a score of 46-45.

“We played very good defense the last ten minutes of the first half, as well as throughout the second (half). We just couldn’t score,” Westmont head coach John Moore half-jokingly said. “It was like a prize fight out there. (CMS) was incredibly physical with us. This was a tremendous home win for us against a team that is going to be incredibly good this year.”

The Warriors started off the game erratic on offense, committing turnovers on three of their first five possessions. However, they were still able to score the first points of the contest after redshirt freshman guard Billy Keller (5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals) connected on a lob pass and finish with junior center Daniel Carlin (13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks).

Volleyball Set to Begin Pool Play at Nationals

December 2nd, 2013

Westmont Women’s Volleyball (22-8), ranked as the number 14 team in the NAIA, begins three days of pool play in the NAIA National Championships on Tuesday in Sioux City, Iowa.

The Warriors will compete in Pool A, one of six pools, with #1 Texas Brownsville (31-0), #11 Columbia (Mo.) (28-9) and Briar Cliff (19-15). The top two teams from each pool will advance to the single elimination bracket. Westmont will begin pool play on Tuesday against Columbia.

“If we want to have a chance at moving on, we have to beat Columbia,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “Columbia is a solid offensive team with some really good arms. They have a 6-3 senior middle blocker named Trinity Ojo who is very good. Their outsides are good as well.

Women’s Soccer Wins to Advance to Quarterfinals

December 2nd, 2013

Goals by Brooke Lillywhite and K.J. Hornibrook gave Westmont the offensive firepower to defeat Martin Methodist 2-0 in the second round of the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship. It was the ninth shutout of the season for goalkeeper Lindsey Smith and the 15th for the Warriors overall.

The Warriors advance to Wednesday’s quarterfinals to play the winner of tomorrow’s second round game between #7 Davenport (Mich.) and #10 Cumberlands (Tenn.).

“We weren’t great in the first half, but the players adjusted,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “They recognized the pace of the game and what we were capable of. They came out in the second half much sharper and much more confident. They recognized the time and space they had on the ball and that they could get it wide. ”

With less than seven minutes remaining in the first half, Westmont scored the first goal after a corner kick by Courtney Stonesifer. Hensley’s retrieved the ball from the corner kick and served it back in to Kelsey Steck at the far post.


Women’s Soccer Honored as Champions of Character

December 1st, 2013

On the eve of second round games at the NAIA Women’s Soccer National Championship, Westmont Women’s Soccer was honored with as the NAIA Champions of Character Team Award.

The award, which was presented at the NAIA Women’s Soccer Championship Final Site Banquet in Orange Beach, Alabama, is given annually to one team from each championship sport that exemplifies the NAIA Champions of Character five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.

“Our team has represented the five core values in many different ways this season,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “We made a commitment in August that win or lose we would run clinics after most of our home conference games. Integrity and Responsibility to that commitment helped us see it through and Servant Leadership was talked about with the youth following the clinics as a reason why we play – it gives us the opportunity to serve.”