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Warriors Go Five Sets Twice

August 21st, 2014
Kami Troesh

By Christy Cain

This morning, the Westmont women’s volleyball team kicked off the first of their four matches in the Biola Volleyball/Red Lion-Anaheim Summer Slam Tournament.

First on the agenda for the Warriors was #17 Rocky Mountain (Mont). Westmont came out swinging. Unfortunately, with seven players over six feet tall, Rocky Mountain’s block was impenetrable. The Bears finished with 17 team blocks as it continually frustrated the Warriors’ offensive efforts. As a result, Westmont recorded an attack percentage of .087 over the five sets.

In the first set, the Warriors stayed neck and neck with the Bears until Rocky Mountain gained some momentum and went on a 13-4 run to close out the set. From that point on, it was a battle. While The Warriors won games two and four, the Bears were the ultimate victors in the five game match (25-17, 23-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-7).

The Warrior’s offense was led by senior Madison Serrano who finished with a team high of 20 kills while freshman Taylor Beckman was next in line with 12 kills. Their defense was headed up by Kami Troesh who capped the game off with 20 digs and three aces.

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Second Ranked Warriors Prevail over Spartans

August 19th, 2014
Sophie Judd

The 2014 Westmont Women’s Soccer season kicked off today at Thorrington Field with a 4-0 victory over the Spartans (1-3) of Trinity Western (B.C.). The Warriors learned earlier in the day that they were ranked at number two in the NAIA Preseason Coaches’ Poll.

“I thought Sophie Judd was fantastic in the back and at moments kept us in the game. Tiffany (Dimaculangan) was great in the middle and I thought Kaci (Mexico) was great up top, holding the ball for us.”

Sofia Smati struck first with what Kiely referred to as a ‘fantastic goal’ in the ninth minute of play. The senior forward corralled a loose ball and fired away from 23 yards out to record the first goal of the Warriors’ season.

Westmont went up 2-0 in the 29th minute after sophomore Grace Lemley crossed the ball from the right side in an attempt to connect with senior forward Carly Holly. A Spartan defender attempted to intercept the ball, but her header redirected the ball into the net for an own goal.

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Warriors Drop Season Opener

August 18th, 2014
Heidi Thompson

By Christy Cain

The Westmont Women’s volleyball team made their 2014 season debut today against Viterbo University (Wisc.). While the Warriors fell to the V-Hawks (6-0) in a five game match, head coach Patti Cook see’s nothing but positive potential in her team.

“We played really well against a very strong team. I was very pleased with our overall effort and I am excited about the bright future that we have ahead of us,” said Cook. “It was a battle back and forth that came down to a couple of tight plays and tight calls.”

Westmont came out strong in the first two sets, capitalizing on their pin hitters and slowing down their opponents by putting up a solid block.

“We were basically just exchanging blows back and forth. We had more arms overall but they had one arm that was bigger than all of ours. Thankfully we were able to put the brakes on her and kept her at bay pretty well,” explained Cook. Viterbo’s senior outside hitter Alicia Olson led their offensive charge with a .239 hitting percentage on the match.

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Warriors Eyeing a Sandy Finish

August 18th, 2014
2014 Westmont Women's Soccer

“It was more about the metaphor than about the fitness,” reflected Westmont Women’s Soccer head coach Kristi Kiely. She was referring to an early morning run along Santa Barbara’s East Beach during the Warriors’ pre-season training camp.

“We started them off 10 seconds apart,” continued Kiely. “The only instruction they got was to, ‘catch the person in front of you and don’t be caught by the person behind you’ – and that they would know when they were finished. They didn’t know how far they were going or that (assistant coach) Dan (Ribbens) was a mile down the beach.”

“When they reached Dan, I asked them a handful of questions about their experience on the run,” reported Kiely. “They responded about feeling great when they saw Dan, focusing on not being caught and looking behind.

“Then we sent them back up the beach with the same instructions. I again asked them the same questions and loved Christine Adams’ response. ‘The second time around it is better because you know the destination and are more likely to encourage the people around. You aren’t looking behind you but you are looking straight ahead at the goal.’

Chemistry is the Key

August 17th, 2014
Senior Madison Serrano will power the Warriors

By Christy Cain

“The exciting thing about this season is that the possibilities are endless,” said Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook about her 2014 team. “We are a young, athletic team that has the talent and the ability to have a great season.”

After graduating seven seniors in 2013, Cook is ready to start reshaping the program and building off the talent on this year’s squad. With six upperclassmen returners (two of which are captains), the experience and the leadership is there. “We had such a big, impactful group of seniors leave that we are now encouraging people to step in and fill that void. My captains are doing a great job of rising to the challenge this preseason. They aren’t trying to take over what last year’s seniors did, but instead are trying to walk in their own shoes.”

“We could struggle with trying to find the system that works best for us” Cook said. “We have a lot of athletic people who can play multiple positions. So the challenge will be finding the six that work best together.”

The key comes in the chemistry.