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Mind Over Matter

October 14th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) The Warriors went head-to-head with the La Sierra Golden Eagles tonight down in Riverside, Calif. in a showdown that was just about as close as any volleyball match can get. This was their third five-game match in a row- the first that they have won. Tonight they broke the losing streak and defeated La Sierra 25-27, 25-19, 25-23, 32-34, 15-10.

Each set of the match was literally played point-for=point. The Warriors came out looking steady and confident in the first set, but with not as much energy as they normally bring to the court. The team hit a .211 percentage but was not able to close out the game, losing by a mere two points.

Set number two was a completely different story. Westmont came out with a fire in their bellies that sparked the enthusiasm they needed to gain the lead and never let go. This is a team that is highly influenced by their emotions and thankfully the passion that was lacking in set one was evident in the second as they put ball after ball away. With Senior Madison Serrano on the bench with a wrist injury, Jessica McCann took the court and dominated the entire match with a season high of 19 kills. “Jess came through in a big way for us tonight. She played steady and aggressive the entire time,” commented head coach Cook.

Game three was another nail biter as the Warriors were able to keep their momentum and close out the set by just two points at the end. But game four takes the cake on being the most stressful set of the evening. The teams went back and forth with match points ten times before a La Sierra outside hitter put the ball on the ground and was able to keep their hope alive with a 34-32 win to send them into a fifth and final set of the night.


A Hat Trick for Mexico

October 12th, 2014
Renee Gonsalves

A hat trick for Kaci Mexico and two goals by Jackie Lopez accounted for five goals on Saturday at Thorrington Field as #11 Westmont Women’s Soccer (9-3, 4-2 GSAC) posted a 7-0 Golden State Athletic Conference win over the visiting Firestorm of Arizona Christian (2-10, 0-5).

Mexico wasted no time in getting her team off on the right foot. In just the fourth minute of play, Mexico received a pass from Malory Mitchell and fought off a defender to score from four yards out on the left side.

In the 26th minute, sophomore Brooke Lillywhite slotted a ball to Mexico who was alone in the box. The senior fired past the keeper from 16 yards out to make it a 2-0 game.

Eight minutes later, the Warriors scored again after a Firestorm defender attempted to clear a ball from the box. Senior Christine Adams intercepted the ball, settled and fired from the top of the box into the right corner.

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Lions Hold off Warriors

October 12th, 2014
Sydney Striff

For the second time in a week, Westmont Volleyball (11-11, 4-5 GSAC) came close to knocking off a top-25 team. The Warriors held a two-set-to-one lead before falling to #17 Vanguard (18-7, 7-3) in five sets (25-19, 16-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

“I thought the team played hard and with a lot of heart and executed the game plan very well,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “There were just a couple of plays here and there that went Vanguard’s way.

The Warriors led the match in several statistical categories including total points (105 to 97), total kills (67-54), hitting percentage (.231 to .195), blocks (14 to seven) and service aces (six to two). But it was not enough to pull off the upset.

“We played very well against them and hung tight,” said Cook. “We hit better than them but their defense was frustrating our offense. They have good defense on hard-driven balls. Once we started getting the ugly kills in the second set, things started going our way.”

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Women Win at Vanguard Invitational

October 12th, 2014
Kelly Collins

Westmont Women’s Cross Country will be looking to see their #17 ranking improve after winning the Vanguard Invitational and finishing ahead of second-ranked Biola on Saturday.

Westmont sophomore Kelly Collins won the 5,000 meter race in a time of 17:40. Collins finished 3.5 seconds ahead of Loyola Marymount’s Kyra Burke.

“It all kind of clicked for the runners this week,” said assistant coach Lindsey Connolly. “This is what we thought they could do the whole season. They were at the front the whole race and mixed it up with Biola.”

Senior Corrine Cherne finished sixth for the Warriors in a time of 18:07. Junior Jessica Meyers claimed 13th place in a time of 18:23 and senior Heidi Nicholls notched 14th, completing the course in a time of 18:29. Sophomore Hailey Alexander completed the scoring for the Warriors finishing 18th in a time of 18:41

“Our team spread was 1:01, which was an improvement from 1:16 the previous Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational,” said Connolly.


Literally, a Last Second Goal

October 12th, 2014
Tanner Wolf

It took 89 minutes and 59 seconds to decide the Golden State Athletic Conference men’s soccer game on Saturday at Thorrington Field.

Throughout the game, Westmont (7-9-1, 4-1-1 GSAC) pounded away, taking 25 shots including 11 that were on goal – but none found the net. Not until, literally, the last second of regulation.

With less than a minute to go, Westmont earned a corner kick. Junior Tanner Wolf sent the ball from the left corner toward the goal, but the Warriors couldn’t get a shot off and Arizona Christian (3-9, 0-5 GSAC) successfully cleared the ball.

As the public address announcer counted down the final 10 seconds, the ball was bounding away from the goal.

Nine, eight, seven – with a foot planted on the midfield stripe, Kolby McInally served a pass into the box. It went untouched as it made its way to the left side of the goal. Six, five, four, three – the ball passed diagonally across the face of the goal while Tanner Wolf raced toward it.

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Barnard and Lindqvist Nearly Claim Championship

October 10th, 2014
Josh Barnard (left) and Carl Lindqvist display national runner-up hardware.

Westmont’s Joshua Barnard and Carl Lindqvist came within one point of claiming the 2014 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College NAIA Doubles Championship today, but had to settle for the title of runner-up.

Barnard, a senior and Lindqvist, a junior, earned a spot in the national tournament by winning the West Regional held at Biola two weeks ago. Conducted at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina, the national tournament brought together the eight regional winners.

Barnard and Lindqvist started play on Thursday by defeating Alex Haizel and Boris Peshiv of St. Francis (Ill.) in the opening round. The Warrior duo prevailed 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the semifinal match which was held this afternoon.

“In the semifinals, we were down a set and a break and Josh and Carl did a great job of totally turning the momentum around,” said Westmont head coach Mark Basham.


A Battle at Biola

October 7th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(LA MIRADA, Calif.) Tonight’s five game volleyball match in La Mirada, Calif. seemingly had “upset” written all over it as the unranked Westmont Warriors took on #5 Biola University. The Eagles came out strong and then quickly self-destructed throughout the sets, giving the Warriors an opportunity to capitalize on their opponents errors. Unfortunately for Westmont, Biola was able to rally back in the end and win the match 3-2 (25-13, 16-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-8).

The outstanding Eagles lineup came out firing on all cylinders as the match began, tallying 18 kills to the Warriors’ eight. Their junior outside hitter Joclyn Kirton was a powerhouse on the pin who raked in seven of her 15 kills in the first set of the match.

Westmont simply did not have an answer to their offense and it looked like it was going to be a quick match.

That was until the Warriors kicked it into overdrive in the second set, where they went on a 10-0 run that left the Eagles shell shocked and unable to gain their composure, even after using their two timeouts. The run was made up of three aces from Madison Serrano, two kills by Westmont and five errors from Biola. This streak breathed life back into the Warrior women, giving them the energy and drive that they needed to close out the second set 25-16.


Short and Sweet

October 4th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Sixty-four minutes was all it took for the Westmont women’s volleyball team to take down Hope International in a three game sweep tonight in Murchison Gymnasium (25-14, 25-13, 25-15).

The fastest match of the season can by highly attributed to the stellar defensive performance that the Warriors put on tonight. This match was seemingly a complete 180 degree turn from the defensive struggle that unfolded last Tuesday in Westmont’s loss against The Masters. “I am feeling really good about this win. We worked our tails off in practice this week on our defense. We focused on all defensive work and intentionally made them better. That Masters game pointed out that we can be undisciplined, move quite a bit on defense and not be in the right places, so we worked on all aspects of moving and defending. It was great to see our hard work pay off on the court tonight” said Cook.

In volleyball, a good defense starts with the serve and with five aces on the match, the Warriors were able to catch Hope off guard and maintain some strong serving streaks. The longest run came from Freshman Taylor Beckman who went on a 12 point serving rampage that widened the point margin so much that the Royals were never quite able to rally back and recover. Beckman tallied three of the team’s five aces and was a force to be reckoned with at the service line. When asked about the freshman’s performance, Cook said, “I spoke about her to the team after the game and pointed out how awesome she did. She has a tendency to rush her serve and tonight it was evident that she was taking her time to fully set up every single serve.”