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Lady Warriors Prime for their Conference Gauntlet

March 20th, 2014

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Lady Warriors of Westmont Women’s Tennis (6-7) held fast to the #12 spot in the latest edition of the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis Coaches’ Top 25 Poll, released this past Tuesday, March 18.

On Thursday, Kendyll McManigal’s squad proved worthy of their impressive status, as the Warriors defeated a formidable NAIA opponent in (received eight top 25 votes: tied at #32) McPherson (Kan.) (5-4), 8-1.

“Thursday’s competition marked the beginning of a streak of NAIA matches for us, so performing well was important for us to keep moving in the right direction in the rankings,” indicated McManigal. “We overcame some challenges on the day, but I’m most proud of our mental wins. Communication stayed strong in doubles, the girls kept their energy up all day, and they executed well.”

Westmont received quality production from the entire roster. The women led the day off with a sweep of doubles play, and then moved on to nab five of six matches in singles competition.

Xavier Upsets Warriors in First Round

March 20th, 2014
Kelsie Sampson

A 21-point halftime deficit proved to be too much to overcome for the NAIA defending national champions as #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (20-10) fell 66-53 to #20 Xavier of Louisiana (24-9) in the first round of the 2014 NAIA National Championship.

The Golden Nuggets made 46.2 percent of their shots from the field in the first half and Westmont struggled with Xavier’s full court press and its control of the boards. The Nuggets outrebounded the Warriors 25-13 including 10-2 on the offensive glass. Westmont also committed eight turnovers in the opening frame while Xavier had just two. The result was a 42-21 halftime score.

The opening minutes of the second half evoked hope as the Warriors started off with an 11-0 run. A free throw by Lauren Sende was followed by a three-pointer by Esther Lee. Sampson then scored a field goal and Lee struck again from downtown. Sampson completed the run with another field goal to make the score 42-32.

“I am very proud of the character that this team showed and the way we fought in the second half,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “I thought the things we could control – our effort, our attitude and our mental preparation – were all there.

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Sampson Named WBCA All-American

March 18th, 2014
Kelsie Sampson

On the eve of the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship, Westmont senior Kelsie Sampson has been named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NAIA All-American. The announcement came at the pre-tournament Banquet of Champions.

“To be a WBCA All-American is a real honor,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore, who announced the All-Americans on behalf of the WBCA. “Ten people in the whole country in both divisions of the NAIA are chosen for this award. She is very deserving; she has had an incredible senior year. Twenty-five points in the championship game last year spring-boarded her into an excellent senior season.”

Sampson has averaged 19.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game this season. Her scoring average ranks 11th in the NAIA.

“Her teammates are a huge part of that,” noted the coach. “They got her the ball where she needed to get the ball. She was able to deliver and lead us back to the national tournament. We are excited to try and make a run here at the national championship.”


Warriors Romp Over Minot State

March 16th, 2014
Chito Elias

Westmont bats came alive in Tucson, Arizona as the Warriors posted a 12-0 win over the Beavers of Minot State from North Dakota (6-7). Sam Nathan started on the mound for the Warriors, earning his first collegiate win after giving up just two hits in five innings of play. The freshman right-hander struck out four and walked three.

David Gabel was three for four at the plate with two runs scored and three RBIs. Alex Bush was two for four with one run and four RBIs and Brent Fukushima was two for three with an RBI.

Westmont scored early and often in the seven inning game. In the first inning, a single by Gable drove in Andrew Devian from second and a ground ball by Bush allowed Brandon Gildea to score.

Westmont added three more runs in the second inning off a combination of Warrior hits and Beaver blunders. Stroh led off with a single, stole second and took third when Graylin Derke reached on an error. Michael Frigon singled through the right side allowing Stroh to score and moving Derke to third. Derke scored on a sacrifice fly by Steven Pollex. Frigon later scored when Gildea reached on an error.

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Bush Snares Hawks

March 15th, 2014

Alex Bush (2-2) allowed just three hits over seven innings to claim a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory in the second game of a doubleheader against #22 San Diego Christian (22-8, 14-6 GSAC). Westmont (15-12, 8-11) lost the first game 10-2.

Bush, who did not allow a walk nor hit a batter in the seven inning game, faced just 25 batters, four more than the minimum.

All three Warrior runs came in the top of the second inning with two away. After Bush flied out to start the inning, Will Barring singled to left field. Brent Fukushima moved Barring to second with a single to center field. One out later, Chris Stroh doubled to right center, driving in both Barring and Fukushima. Stroh scored when Steven Pollex singled to right center.

In the early game, Russell Harmening suffered his second loss of the season against six wins. Harmening pitched five and one-third innings giving up seven runs, six of which were earned, on 10 hits.

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Hawks Slip by Warriors

March 14th, 2014
Steven Pollex

A single by Hawk’s third baseman Jeff Lusardi in the bottom of the tenth inning, drove in left fielder Chad Erickson from third base to give #22 San Diego Christian (20-7, 12-5 GSAC) a 3-2 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Westmont (14-11, 7-10) on Friday afternoon. The game, played at Carroll Land Field at Point Loma Nazarene, was the first game of a three-game series.

Reliever Devin Matson took the loss for the Warriors. Though Matson did not give up a hit, Erickson reached base when he was hit by a pitch with one away. After Erickson stole second, Hunter Christenson took over for Matson on the mound. Christenson got first baseman Taylor Eichhorst to ground out to second, but the play moved Erickson to third. Lusardi then singled up the middle to end the game.

Torin Shaikh started the game for the Warriors and pitched eight innings. He allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. Shaikh struck out eight and walked one.

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Warriors to Meet Nuggets in First Round

March 12th, 2014

For the fourth year in a row and seventh out of the last eight, #13 Westmont (20-9) has earned a berth in the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship. This year, the fourth-seeded Warriors will match up with the #20 Xavier of Louisiana (23-9), a number five seed, in the first round of play. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:45 p.m. EDT/6:45 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 19.

“They are a very athletic, talented team that likes to pressure,” reported Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore after learning who her team would face in the first round. “What we need to rely on going into the national tournament is our experience and our understanding of what it takes to win.

“Any team you play at nationals can beat you and you can beat any team,” noted Moore. “We are going to take it one game at a time. It is a one-game season now with a strong opponent in the first round. We look forward to being challenged by a very good team.”


Schapper Gets the Win for Warriors

March 11th, 2014
Casey Schapper

Three runs were all the Warriors would need behind the pitching of starter Casey Schapper, reliever Hunter Christenson and closer Devin Matson as Westmont Baseball (14-10, 7-9 GSAC) posted a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference win over Arizona Christian (10-14, 4-12). With the win, Westmont has won seven of its last nine games including three of its last four conference games.

Schapper started on the hill for the Warriors and allowed nine hits in six innings of work. The only run he allowed, however, was on a lead-off home run in the top of the fourth inning by Firestorm first baseman Ryan Jones.

Christenson gave up three hits in the seventh inning and had the bases loaded with one-away before coaxing Arizona Christian third baseman Jake Wakamatsu into an inning-ending double play that quenched Firestorm’s threat.

Matson earned his second save of the year by retiring all six batters he faced in the eighth and ninth inning.

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