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Women’s Tennis Sweeps Morningside at Nationals

May 13th, 2014

Westmont (12-12), ranked 11th in the NAIA, produced a sweep of Morningside of Iowa (12-5) in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship, winning by a score of 9-0. The 24-team tournament is being conducted at the Mobile Tennis Center in Alabama.

The Warriors advance to the second round where they will match up with #7 SCAD Savannah. The Bees were awarded a first round bye.

Westmont shutout Morningside in three of the six singles matches. At number one, Lauren Stratman won 6-0, 6-0 over Katie Hanson. Jessica Cedillo took care of business on court three against Amanda Przymus. Haley Strandness also swept Kathryn Jones at number four.

On courts five and six, Grace Davis and Emily Keach each defeated their opponents by scores of 6-0, 6-1. Davis triumphed on court five over the Mustang’s Megan Solberg while Keach won at six over Brooke Gockley.


Warriors Lose First Game of National Tournament

May 12th, 2014

If Westmont baseball is to advance out of the NAIA Baseball Opening Round Tournament, they will have to do so by way of the elimination side of the bracket. Then again, that’s exactly what they did a week ago in the GSAC Tournament.

The Warriors lost the tournament’s first game, falling to St. Francis (Ill.) 2-1 on Monday. The loss means that Westmont will face third-seeded William Woods (Mo.) in an elimination game on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. PDT. William Woods lost to Southeaster (Fla.) on Monday afternoon by a score of 11-5

Westmont scored first, posting its lone run in the bottom of the second inning. David Gabel reached on an infield single and then advanced to second on a ground out by Bush. When Brent Fukushima singled to center, Gabel took third. Will Barring drove in Gabel with a single to right.

The Fighting Saints tied the game in the top of the third when David Kuhne scored from third on a ground out RBI by Brandon Mendoza. In the eighth inning, St. Francis added another run on an RBI-single by Matt Scott that drove in Mendoza.

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Warriors Assigned to Georgia

May 9th, 2014

Westmont (38-17) has been assigned to the Lawrenceville Bracket for the NAIA Baseball National Tournament Opening Round. The tournament is hosted by the Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies (48-10) who are the tournament’s top seed and ranked at number six in the final NAIA Coaches’ Poll released today.

The Warriors, who departed earlier today for Georgia, will first face St. Francis of Illinois (36-20) which earned an automatic qualification into nationals as the regular season winner of the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Westmont is the number four seed in the five-seed tournament while St. Francis is the number five. The opening game will be played on Monday at 11:00 a.m. EDT/8:00 a.m. PDT.

The winner will take on the host Grizzlies who were the winners of the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament. That game – the third of the tournament – is also scheduled for Monday with a 6:00 p.m. EDT/3:00 p.m. PDT start.


Walking on Sunshine

May 8th, 2014
Photo by Brad Elliott

Reprinted with permission from the Santa Barbara News-Press

By SEAN LEWIS News-Press staff writer

When their classmates took to the commencement stage at Westmont’s Russell Carr Field on Saturday, the baseball team was busy claiming the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament crown in El Cajon.

It was tough for the nine graduating seniors to miss one of the most iconic moments of their college careers, but the sacrifice was made willingly by the Warriors. On Wednesday, that sacrifice was recognized and rewarded, as Westmont provided those nine players with a commencement ceremony of their own – complete with caps, gowns and “Pomp and Circumstance” inside Murchison Gymnasium.

“(The commencement) was on all of our minds (on Saturday), but honestly, as a group, we knew we’d rather be here at the game instead of at commencement,” second baseman Brent Fukushima said. “We wanted to be with our friends, but the family we have with baseball was where we truly wanted to be. We didn’t want to be anywhere else.”


Men’s Tennis Headed to Mobile

May 6th, 2014

After reaching the semifinals last season, #7 Westmont Men’s Tennis is looking to build on last year’s performance as they enter the 2014 NAIA National Championships next week in Mobile, Alabama. The Warriors, who have a first round bye, will begin action on Tuesday when they take on the winner between #10 Bethany of Kansas (19-2) and Marian of Indiana (15-15).

The Bethany Swedes clinched an automatic berth into the national tournament by defeating McPherson (Kan.) 5-3 in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on April 25. The Swedes won their first 13 games of the season and are currently on a four-game winning streak.

Bethany is led by Manuel Raga who is ranked at number 19 in singles in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Poll. The Swedes are making their 11th trip to the NAIA National Championships.

The Knights of Marian earned their way into the national tournament by defeating Huntington (Ind.) by a score of 5-1 in the finals of the Crossroads League Championship. The Knights are making their first appearance in the national tournament.


Women’s Tennis Draws Morningside

May 6th, 2014

Westmont Women’s Tennis (11-12) has received an at-large berth into the 2014 NAIA Women’s Tennis National Championship. The 24-team tournament will be held beginning Tuesday, May 13 at the Mobile Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. First serve is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. CDT (7:00 a.m. PDT).

The Warriors, ranked at number 11 in the NAIA, will take on Morningside (Iowa) in the first round on Tuesday. The 12-4 Mustangs won the Great Plains Athletic Conference Tournament to claim an automatic berth in the national tournament. Morningside is on a 10-game winning streak and has not lost in six and one-half weeks.

Westmont and Morningside do not have any common opponents this season

Under first-year head coach Kendyll McManigal, Westmont has compiled a record of 11-12. All but three of the Warrior’s losses have come against NCAA Division I, II and III teams.


National Honors

May 6th, 2014
Brandon Gildea

A day after being named the Golden State Athletic Conference Baseball Player of the Week, Westmont’s Brandon Gildea of Stockton has been named the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week.

The senior catcher produced a .609 batting average (14 of 23) in five games to help lead the Warriors to their first Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament Championship. His four hits in the final game of the tournament gave him the program single-season record for career hits at 83. Gildea passed Ryan Eisele who had 81 in 1999 and J.J. Turbin who posted 80 in 2012.

This year, Gildea also set the Warriors’ single season record in games played at 55 and most at bats at 211. He has a season batting average of .393 and has driven in 35 RBIs. His slugging percentage is .540 and his on base percentage is .426.

Basketball Coaches to be Honored

May 6th, 2014
Basketball on the Hardwood

Westmont Men’s Basketball head coach John Moore and Women’s Basketball head coach Kirsten Moore have been selected as members of the inaugural class of the Santa Barbara Basketball Court of Champions.

According to a release by organizer Curt Pickering, the hall of fame organization has been established to “recognize and honor individual from our Santa Barbara Community who have succeeded in and/or made significant contributions to the Game of Basketball.” (sic)