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Warriors Grind Out a Five Game Win

September 6th, 2014
Sydney Striff

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was not pretty, but a win is a win.

The women’s volleyball team took the court on Saturday against the University of La Verne and after five sets, snuck away with a win (25-21, 23-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8).

Both of the teams came out with a bang, racking up the kills in the first set- battling back and forth. “It was neck and neck. La Verne is a good team. They had a strong block and really good defense,” explained head coach Patti Cook.

While the Leopards tallied 15 kills to the Warriors 12, they also tallied more errors, which the Warriors capitalized on and won the set 25-21.

Things went a bit downhill from there. Throughout the next three sets, Westmont made 24 attacking errors and 6 service errors, making it very difficult for them to find a healthy and continual rhythm in their offense. Thankfully, La Verne was making mistakes as well (27 attack errors, 3 service errors). By the end of game four, both teams were each sitting right around 30 total errors on the match.

Since neither team was able to string together more than two or three points in a row, the sets were all very close. It was not until the fifth game of the set that Westmont took off running and did not look back. The Warriors rallied some energy and took down the Leopards 15-8. Westmont tallied seven kills and two blocks to win the final set of the match, allowing everyone in the gym to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

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Warriors Skunk Eagles Behind Johnsen’s Hat Trick

September 6th, 2014
Daniel Johnsen

Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-1) scored four goals in a span of less than six and one-half minutes – including a hat trick by senior Daniel Johnsen – as the Warriors defeated Embry-Riddle of Arizona (2-1-1) by a score of 7-0. It marks only the ninth time in team history that a player has scored three or more goals in a game.

“DJ led so well today – verbally and in his approach to the game,” noted Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “When he got chances, he was clinical in front of goal. None of his goals were easy finishes. He was in a great frame of mind and played beautifully. It was a captain’s performance from him. He gets the man of the match.

The Warriors shot the ball 29 times – the most in ten years – placing 19 of those shots on goal. Embry Riddle was limited to eight shots, three of which were on goal.

“It was a very interesting game in that the conditions were very difficult and you weren’t sure how the teams were going to approach the game,” said Wolf of playing on artificial turf in triple-digit temperatures. “(Embry-Riddle) dropped back defensively in the first half and let us have the ball in our half of the field. The only thing we could really do was play balls over the top. There wasn’t much room to play in the midfield.”

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Lack Leads Men’s Soccer to Win

September 5th, 2014
Westmont Goalkeeper Josh Glover

An early goal from the Warriors’ Austin Lack is all that was needed for Westmont Men’s Soccer (1-1) to pick up its first win of the season. Goalkeeper Josh Glover earned the 1-0 shutout; posting four saves in the win over Westminster of Utah (5-1-1).

“The big take away was that we started very sharply, as we have on a number of occasions this year including our exhibition game,” explained Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “This time, we actually converted during that spell, which we hadn’t done. That felt like a step in the right direction. It was very nice to see Austin get a goal after having a number of chances in our opener.”

Lack’s goal came in the 10th minute of play and stood up for the win against a team that averaged two goals a game coming into today’s contest.

“Sebastian Kent played Austin a ball 30 yards away from the goal,” said Wolf, describing Lack’s goal. “Austin was down the middle of the field, but a little off to the left. He did a really nice job of turning the ball and he was able to beat his defender off the dribble. The keeper came out to close down the angle and may have touched a piece of the ball. However, Austin was able to put enough on the ball to get it by him.

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Warriors Defend #2 Ranking with Win over #3 Lindsey Wilson

September 5th, 2014
Westmont's Malory Mitchell

A pair of goals in the first 20 minutes propelled #2 Westmont (5-0) to a 2-0 win over #3 Lindsey Wilson of Kentucky (2-1) in the NAIA Women’s Soccer Game of the Week. The Warriors outshot the Blue Raiders 11-9 but more importantly, notched a 7-2 shots-on-goal advantage.

“There were so many good performances,” said Westmont head coach Kristy Kiely. “I thought Courtney (Stonesifer) and Christine (Adams) brought a lot of pressure down the right side to start the game. I thought our middle with Brooke (Lillywhite), Tiffany (Dimaculangan) and Kaci (Mexico) was fantastic. Tiff has done a lot of important work that doesn’t make it into the stat sheet. I’m really proud of her.

“Kelsie Steck did a great job running up top for us for a lot of minutes. Malory Mitchell has shown a lot of leadership as a senior captain and has been a part of a lot of goals as of late.”

Adams put the ball in the goal in the seventh minute of play, giving the Warriors a 1-0 advantage.

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Road Rally

September 4th, 2014
Westmont Women's Soccer celebrates win over Martin Methodist (Tenn.) - Photo courtesy Chris Wells, Lindsey Wilson Sports Information.

Down 1-0 with less than three minutes to play, Westmont’s Malory Mitchell scored her fifth goal of the season sending the contest with #13 Martin Methodist (2-1) into overtime. Nearly four minutes later, Brooke Lillywhite found the back of the net to give #2 Westmont Women’s Soccer (5-0) a 2-1 win.

The game was played at Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. Tomorrow, the Warriors will take on their third-ranked hosts in what has been designated the NAIA Game of the Week.

Westmont struggled to get its offense going in the first half and found itself fending off five shots by the RedHawks in the first 16 minutes of play. Lauren Dorr recorded five saves in the game to keep the Warriors in the contest.

“I thought (senior defender) Sophie Judd was the player of the game,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiley. “Nothing got past her tonight.”

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Warriors Win Home Opener

September 2nd, 2014
ciena

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) It was an exciting night at Murchison Gymnasium as the Westmont women’s volleyball team defeated La Sierra University 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 25-27, 25-14) in their first home game of the season.

After coming off multiple tournament appearances in the last few weeks, it was time for Westmont to showcase their talent and abilities on their home court. In front of a crowd of parents, students and family members cheering them on, the Warriors did just that.

Game one of the four game match could be characterized as well-balanced. Both the pin hitters and the middles were running effective combinations, putting the ball on the ground time and time again. Westmont out-killed La Sierra 13-7 in this game, partially because of the effective offense but more-so because of a scrappy defense. The Warriors tallied 17 digs to the Golden Eagles’ eight, making it difficult for their opponent to rally any points.

“The main goals were to be really aggressive, work on our blocking and solidify our defense. We wanted to make sure that we were stopped and in our proper spots on contact. As a result, our blocking was on tonight! We were closing seams and the defense was set around the block which made everyone’s job a little easier,” exclaimed head coach Patti Cook.

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