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Two Warriors Named to All-GSAC Team  

November 20th, 2014

Included on the 2014 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball team are Westmont seniors Madison Serrano and Heidi Thompson.

Senior captain Madison Serrano, who played in all 33 matches (118 games) this season, led the team with 331 total kills this year, which calculates out to an impressive 2.81 kills per game. She has earned a career total of 1,379 total kills and will rank amongst some of the top attackers to ever come through the Westmont volleyball program. As an outside hitter who plays all the way around, Serrano also earned 343 digs this season, along with 37 service aces.

Women’s Soccer to Host Ottawa in Opening Round

November 18th, 2014
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Westmont Women’s Soccer (15-3), ranked at number four in the final NAIA National Coaches Poll, has been seeded seventh in the NAIA National Championship and will host Ottawa of Kansas (12-2-6) in an opening round game on Saturday. Kick-off has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Ottawa is coached by Marc Gordon who is in his fifth year with the Braves. Gordon led this year’s team to a second place finish in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a record of 7-0-2. In the championship game of the KCAC tournament, Ottawa tied Kansas Wesleyan 1-1 in the final game, but claimed an automatic berth in the national championship by prevailing in penalty kicks 4-2.

The Braves have tallied 13 shutouts this season with sophomore goalkeepers Erin Stengel and Samantha Gitmed credited with nine and four shutouts respectively. Stengle has a goals-against average of 0.34 while Gitmeds is 0.47. Ottawa has outscored its opponents 35-8 this season. The Braves have allowed just two goals in their last 12 games.

The Braves have not lost since September 24 when they fell 2-0 to Baker (Kan.) – the only common opponent between Westmont and Ottawa. Westmont defeated Baker 2-0 on August 30 in a game played on Thorrington Field.

Five Warriors Score in Double Figures

November 16th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif.) The Westmont men’s basketball team had an all-around impressive performance as they took the court this evening against Cal State San Bernardino. Despite the eventual 77-81 loss, the Warriors battled it out against a top Division II school.

“Tonight we played the CCAA Champions from last year– one of the top Division II programs here in California. They have won the CCAA Championship nine of the last thirteen years. So, next to Cal Poly Pomona, they will be one of the top teams in CCAA this year,” opened head coach John Moore.

It was a battle from the moment that the whistle blew and the clock started winding down. The Warriors were running their offense well, while moving the ball quickly and efficiently. In the first half alone, Westmont sank an impressive 50 percent from the field. They played the Coyotes point for point; so much so that the score was tied 39-39 going into halftime.

“We played two really tough opponents the last two games and I really liked the way that we responded tonight against a talented San Bernardino team,” explained Moore. “We ran a good offense. We hit 54 percent from the field. We had 24 assists and 12 turnovers, so a 2:1 ratio is a good indicator of the high level offensive play that we had. We got good play out of Cory Blau tonight. Britton Williams was 6-1 assist to turnovers, which is great. We also got good play out of Sean McDonnell, Sean Harman and Daniel Carlin.”


Warriors Finish with a Win

November 15th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(FULLERTON, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team closed out their 2014 season with a quick win tonight against Hope International University (25-11, 25-7, 25-20).

“It was a real pleasure getting to coach such a talented group of girls. In my opinion, we were the best unranked team out there. We improved as the season progressed and practices stayed competitive through the very end,” said head coach Patti Cook.

While they had a bit of a rough start to their season, the women will finish with an 18-14 record, 9-7 in GSAC. There have been ups and downs, but this team has battled it out the entire way. Tonight’s dominant win was a complete showcase of their ability.

Their passers were getting the ball up, the setters were dishing out great sets and the hitters were putting it away time and time again. Offensively the women were led by Sydney Striff who had 10 kills, one error on 15 attempts. Right behind her was Jessica McCann with an errorless nine kills on eleven swings. Both of them posted season high hitting percentages this evening (.600 and .818 respectively).


McCoy, Lee Lead Westmont in Win over LCSC

November 15th, 2014
Esther Lee

An impressive double-double by freshman Lauren McCoy and lights-out shooting by senior Esther Lee in the first half led #13 Westmont Women’s Basketball (4-0) to a 79-66 win over #15 Lewis-Clark State of Idaho (4-1). McCoy scored 14 points and collected 23 rebounds while Lee drained six of seven three-pointers in the first half on her way to a game-high 22 points.

“I have so much respect for LC State and their program,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “Every year they are not only at the national tournament, but winning at the national tournament. They are one of the great programs in the NAIA. For us to play the way we did and have the result we did says a lot about the potential of this team. Obviously, it is early in the season, so we have to see this as a starting point and continue to build on this and get better throughout the season.

Westmont started the game with a 16-2 run over the first six minutes which included two three-pointers by Lee.

“When Esther gets going she is hard to stop,” said Moore. “The great thing about the first half is that we were taking what the defense gave us. If they collapsed inside, we kicked out to our shooters. When they were outside we were kicking inside. We had a great inside-out game going tonight.”

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Problems in Pomona

November 15th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(POMONA, Calif.) If there is one concrete fact that people know about the Westmont men’s basketball team this season, it is that the majority of them are very young. Their lack of collegiate court experience became blatantly obvious tonight in their 62-85 loss against Cal Poly Pomona.

Going into this game, the Warriors knew that the Broncos have an older and more experienced roster of men who would give them a run for their money. But from the moment they won the tipoff, Cal Poly Pomona took off running and never looked back. And by “took off”, I mean that they went on a 22-0 run that had Westmont scrambling to regain their composure.

Five minutes and fifty-five seconds into the game, a three-pointer by freshman Jerry Karczewski finally broke their opponents’ streak and got Westmonts first points on the board. From there, the Warriors had miles of ground to make up, but their shots simply were not dropping. In the first half, the men had made a mere total of 9 out of 22 field goal attempts while Cal Poly sank 20 of their 29 total shots.


Warriors Win GSAC Crown

November 14th, 2014
2014 GSAC Tournament Champions

Goals by Tiffany Dimaculangan and Sofia Smati led #5 Westmont Women’s Soccer to a 2-1 win over #10 Vanguard (16-3-1) as the Warriors claimed the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship. As a result of the win, Westmont (15-3) received the GSAC’s automatic berth into the NAIA National Championship.

“I am thankful that we won in the way that we did,” said Westmont head coach Kristi Kiely. “It gives us a lot of momentum moving into what will no doubt be a tough game next Saturday. I am really proud of the seniors. This is the product of several years of hard work by a lot of individuals.”

The Warriors, who are expected to host a first round game, will learn their opening national tournament opponent on Monday.

Regarding today’s GSAC Championship game, Kiely reflected, “I think our team was good for about 80 minutes of the game, but it was enough. There was a span of about 10 minutes were we gave up some good opportunities. Other than that, I thought we were fantastic. I thought the players worked very hard.”

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Conquered by Concordia

November 11th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) In a high energy match, the Westmont women’s volleyball team took a game off of #3 Concordia tonight in Irvine. Despite the eventual loss (25-17, 12-25, 23-25, 23-25), the Warriors put up a fight against a nationally ranked team who has a history of beating down teams in three quick games.

When you are taking the court against a team like Concordia, everything comes down to one thing: defense. It is crucial that the front row puts up a strong, solid block and touches more ball than not. Tonight, the Warriors did just that. With a high block count, they were able to slow down the heavy hitting offense that was continually coming at them. In the second to last match of her collegiate career, senior Ciena Colburn lead the team with six block touches and was closely followed by pin hitter Sydney Striff who earned five.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Eagles have stand-out outside hitter Hannah Andrews who was a powerhouse on the pin tonight. With a grand total of 21 kills, Andrews could not be stopped. While the Warriors were getting a block up, they were unable to consistently dig the heavy hitter.