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Men’s Tennis Clenches Another Milestone

February 4th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Westmont head coach Mark Basham and his squad members have now fashioned history – again. For the first time in over 10 years, Westmont Men’s Tennis has documented two victories in consecutive matches to commence a season.

The fourth-ranked team in the NAIA now bears two impressive wins to launch their 2014 résumé. After defeating the #13 team in NCAA Division II, Fresno Pacific, 5-4 on February 1, the Warriors maintained their winning ways by shutting out Golden State Athletic Conference rival Biola (1-2, 0-1 GSAC) 9-0 this past Saturday in La Mirada.

“I was happy to see that our guys came out really focused,” commented Basham. “Biola is stronger this year, and their program is moving in the right direction. However, our men were ready to play, and they certainly weren’t flat after their strong win over Fresno Pacific.”

Basham’s last statement couldn’t be any more correct. The Warriors powered through doubles to start the contest, dropping only eight cumulative games, while winning 24.

Missed Opportunities Doom Westmont’s Winning Streak

February 4th, 2014

(IRVINE, Calif.) Senior guard Mantas Drungys led a well-balanced Westmont attack with 15 points as nine of ten active Warriors scored Tuesday night in Irvine against #22 Concordia. Yet, the Warriors (14-7, 3-4 GSAC) didn’t assemble enough offensive production, eventually falling to the Eagles (17-6, 4-3) by a score of 73-67.

“We dwelled in the land of missed opportunities tonight,” uttered Westmont head coach John Moore. “The most disappointing thing of all was that the opportunity to win was right in front of us. We just didn’t grab ahold of it like we have been doing over the past three games.”

Although the men in maroon elevated their total shooting percentage to 41.1 percent by the contest’s finale, Westmont was rather ineffective from the field in the first half, scoring only 28 points by the intermission. However, the Warriors did manage to hold the Eagles to a 44.6 percent shooting performance, and found themselves only down five at the half.

However, Concordia exploded out of break, mounting a double-digit lead by the 15:49 mark of the second half. Nonetheless, over the following 13 minutes, Moore and company marshaled their men to a comeback. Westmont, determined to keep their winning streak alive, slowly chipped away at the deficit, and with 2:19 remaining, only trailed by two.

Men’s Tennis Makes History in Season Opener

February 2nd, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Fresno Pacific has been participating in men’s tennis since their program’s inaugural year in 2006. From that point in time, to the 2013 season, they have defeated Westmont Men’s Tennis 15 times in 15 matches.

In six of FPU’s first seven years (2007-12) as a program, they were members of the Golden State Athletic Conference alongside Westmont. The Sunbirds appeared in the NAIA National Tournament all seven years that they were members of the NAIA, were crowned GSAC champions five consecutive years from 2008-12, and finished as National Runner-Up (2008,10,12) or National Champion (2009,11) of the NAIA in each of those five years.

The 13th ranked Sunbirds are now members of the NCAA Division II, and just as powerful as ever. However, the Warriors (1-0) pulled off a major coup Saturday afternoon as they defeated the Sunbirds (0-1) in dramatic fashion by a score of 5-4.

Track and Field Teams Take First – Twice

February 2nd, 2014
Start of the women's mile.

Westmont’s Becky Collier cleared 1.70 meters (5-7) in the high jump to earn an automatic qualification into the NAIA Indoor National Championships in March. Collier, who took first place, was competing in Westmont’s first home meet of the year.

Both Westmont’s men’s and women’s teams took first place. The women’s team tallied 76 points to Azusa Pacific’s 59 points. California Lutheran took third place with 42 points. In the men’s competition, Westmont won with 71 points, Azusa Pacific claimed second with 60 points and California Lutheran finished third with 49 points.

Jessica Meyers claimed a provisional qualification time of 5:11.53 in the mile run, taking first place. Shane Rowan also achieved a provisional qualification mark, jumping 14.19 meters (46-6.75) in the men’s triple jump.

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Warriors Split Doubleheader with Eagles

February 1st, 2014
Russell Harmening

Sophomore right-hander Russell Harmening pitched eight scoreless innings in the first game of a doubleheader as Westmont (3-5, 1-5 GSAC) claimed its first Golden State Athletic Conference victory of the season, defeating the Eagles of Biola (3-5, 2-4) by a score of 3-0. Biola won the second game 7-6.

Harmening allowed just five hits while striking out four and walking four.

The Warriors scored in the top of the first inning after lead-off hitter Andrew Devian singled up the middle. One out later, senior designated hitter Brandon Gildea singled to right, allowing Devian, a freshman first baseman, to reach third. Sophomore left fielder Steven Pollex then singled up the middle to drive Devian home.

In the sixth inning, junior first baseman David Gabel led off with a double and was joined on the baseball pads courtesy of a free pass to senior right fielder Chris Stroh. Both runners advanced a base via a bunt single by junior center fielder William Barring. Sophomore third baseman Graylin Derke drove in Gabel with a sacrifice fly to center field. Stroh scored when pinch hitter Alex Bush, a sophomore, doubled to left center.

[game 1 box score] [game two box score]