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Archive for March, 2015

Lions Roar Past Warriors

March 31st, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) This afternoon, the #10 Westmont men’s tennis team (8-9 overall, 7-3 GSAC) took on the undefeated #4 Lions of Vanguard University (20-0, 10-0 GSAC). It was going to be an uphill battle for the Warriors from the start, but despite the eventual 8-1 Vanguard win, Westmont gave the Lions a run for their money.

They kicked off the match with singles play. On court one Carl-Philip Lindqvist battled it out with Stefan Kilchhofer who ended with scores of 6-2, 6-0. Joshua Barnard, the lone Westmont senior, took the court against Lion senior Fabio Silva. It was a very heated match as Barnard fought for a final singles win on his home tennis court. In front of a crowd of friends and family here to support him on senior day, Barnard rallied hard back and forth with the former Frenso Pacific player. Despite the effort put out by Joshua, Silva proved to be a tennis machine and walked away with a 6-2, 6-2 win this afternoon.

On court number three, Jan Sibbel faced off against Vanguard’s Roger Muri who came away with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Warriors. The match on court four between Christian Mathis and Daymon Johnson was the longest singles match of the day. They played each other point for point for what seemed like an eternity, until Mathis was able to capitalize on his opportunity and won the match 6-4, 3-6, 10-8, giving the Warriors their only- yet hard earned- victory of the day.

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An Historic Trip for Track and Field

March 30th, 2015
Jessica Meyers

While Westmont students and faculty are enjoying spring break, 49 track and field athletes and three coaches have made their way to Richmond, Virginia for a week-long trip that includes competition at the University of Richmond and touring historic sites along the East Coast.

Friday and Saturday saw the Warriors compete with 19 other institutions – including William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth, Army, Mount Saint Mary’s, Fordham and Virginia Military Institute – in the Fred Hardy Invitational.

In the men’s events, Evan Kramer placed ninth in the 1500 meters, posting a time of 3:56.11, which meets the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field provisional qualification standard.

Tyler Bradford placed fifth in the 3,000 meter race, posting a time of 9:07.14. Daniel Erickson claimed third place in the 5,000 meter race, missing the provisional qualifying time by less than one second with a time of 14:59.96.

Competing in the women’s 400 meter dash, Taryn Phipps placed first among 43 competitors in a time of 57.07. Phipps notched a provisional qualification with her time and was just 0.07 seconds off of the automatic qualification mark.

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Baseball Sweeps William Jessup

March 28th, 2015
Alex Bush

Twelfth-ranked Westmont Baseball (28-8, 22-7 GSAC) earned a sweep of William Jessup (5-26, 5-24) this weekend in a three-game Golden State Athletic Conference series in Marysville. Westmont took Friday’s game 17-2 and then won Saturday’s doubleheader 7-2 and 14-10. The #12 ranking is the highest in Westmont’s history.

On Friday, Daniel Butler earned his fifth win of the season against no loses. He pitched six innings giving up one run on five hits. He struck out four and walked one.

Offensively, the Warriors connected for 14 hits including five doubles. Derek Rodigo produced a grand slam in the top of the ninth inning to complete the Warrior scoring.

Alex Bush took the mound for the Warriors in the first game on Saturday and earned his second win of the season. Bush pitched five scoreless innings while allowing four hits. He struck out three and walked one.

[Friday box score] [Saturday game one box score] [Saturday game two box score]

Warriors Fall to Nuggets

March 28th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s tennis team (9-7, 7-2 GSAC) had an impressive day of play on the Abbott Tennis Courts yesterday against Xavier University (La.)(12-8). Despite the ultimate 7-2 team loss, the Warrior women have so much to be proud of and excited about. As any athlete knows, numbers only tell part of the story.

“We lost 2-7 against a top ten team but we still think we can win and are so close to breaking through,” opened head coach Kendyll McManigal. “Xavier team was in the semis at Nationals last year and we performed really well at certain spots throughout the day.”

The women’s team opened with doubles play yesterday afternoon. At the number one spot was the most promising duo Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna who took on Caroline Vernett and Simone-Alyse Ewell. The Warriors were able to cap off a good first win by a score of 8-1 and get the day started on an exciting note.

On court number two Hayley Standness and Alyson Meyer were overcome by Nour Abbes and Carmen Nelson with a final score of 8-1. To cap off doubles play, Emily Keach and Grace Davis suited up and were looking for some redemption after yesterday’s tough loss against Arizona Christian. While the duo battled against Nelson and Flowers, they were not able to solidify a win and dropped the set 8-2.

“We came out super solid at number one doubles. Everything went their way,” explained McManigal. “Number two and three were much tougher but had lots of close games. Girls carried that into singles. We knew it would be tough across the board and that we would have to dig in, grind and be mentally tough from start to finish.”

Putting out the Firestorm

March 27th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The #8 Westmont men’s tennis team (8-6, 7-2 GSAC) went to work against Arizona Christian (5-10, 1-9) on Thursday afternoon on the Abbott Tennis Courts, winning by a team score of 8-1.

On singles court number one, Carl- Philip Lindqvist swept Santiago Galeffi with duel scores of 6-0, 6-0. Right behind him was Luke Whalen posted scores of 6-4, 6-4 against the Firestorms Tyler Cawthorne. Joshua Barnard was back in action today in singles play today on court number three. He went up against Arizona Christian’s David Castano and defeated him 6-0, 6-1.

On court number four, Jan Sibbel continued the singles sweep with scores of 6-2, 6-3 against his opponent. Christian Mathis quickly overcame Andrew Gross with two scores of 6-0. To complete the day, Tommy Nightingale had the closest of the singles matches with final scores of 6-4 and 6-3 against Adam West.

Warriors Almost Upset Firestorm

March 27th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The #11 Westmont women’s tennis team knew that they had a battle on their hands as they took the courts yesterday against #9 Arizona Christian’s undefeated team (19-0 overall, 10-0 GSAC).

While the challenge was set before them, the Warriors did an amazingly good job of navigating the course. They played the Firestorm point for point for most of the day, but unfortunately, despite the mental and physical strength of the match, Arizona Christian came out the ultimate victors with an overall score of 5-4.

The Warrior women started the day by winning three out of their six singles matches. “I knew that we only won one doubles last time we played Arizona Christian, so we were looking to do as well as possible in singles so that we could build momentum going into doubles play,” opened head coach Kendyll McManigal.

Lauren Stratman played at number one position against Firestorm competitor Desiree Jackson. Stratman handily won the first set 6-2 and then battled it out in the second to pull out a 7-5 victory, giving Westmont its first victory of the day. Ines Costamagna went three sets with Andrea Crook, but eventually won 2-6, 6-4, 6-0.

Carlin and Blau Earn Post Season Honors

March 27th, 2015
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Upon the conclusion of the NAIA National Championship, the 2014-15 Division I Men’s Basketball All-American teams were officially released. The selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprise a first, second, third team, as well as honorable mention candidates. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

Westmont senior captain Daniel Carlin caps off his collegiate career with the official title of a Second Team All-American. While Carlin was sidelined on Tuesday’s championship game due to severe sickness, the senior has so much to be proud of. The circumstances of Tuesday night do not overpower the success that Carlin has had this year. Not even close.

In his final season as a Warrior, the Aussie started every single one of their 36 games. He averaged 25 minutes per game and 13.6 points per matchup. Offensively, he led the squad with a team high 61.4 percent field goal percentage. Overall this season, Daniel made 197 of his 321 shots from the field totaling 489 points on the year. Defensively, the 6-9 Center was the top rebounder for the Warriors. Carlin pulled down a total of 252 boards this year (63 offensive, 189 defensive), averaging seven per game. He also added 78 assists, 40 blocks and 13 steals to his career stats.

In his three years as a Warrior, Carlin has made 353 of 600 total field goals, leaving him with a 58.8 field goal percentage, which ranks as the third best shooting percentage in Warrior men’s basketball history.

Kiely Resigns, Headed to Arkansas

March 26th, 2015

After five years at the helm of Westmont Women’s Soccer, head coach Kristi Kiely has announced her resignation. Kiely posted a record of 65-26-10 (.693) at Westmont and took the program to the NAIA National Championship the last four years. In 2014, the Warriors finished as NAIA national runner-up under Kiely’s guidance.

“Coach Kiely’s accomplishments on the field in her five years are considerable, but she will be remembered more by me for what she accomplished relationally in the lives of our student-athletes and how she created an amazing culture,” said athletic director Dave Odell. “The young women she recruited to our institution are leaders and fit nicely into the overall mission of the school. Her team consistently led our athletic program in team GPA and also found the time to give back to our community.”

Kiely’s association with Westmont began in the fall of 2001 when then Kristi Peich wore number five as a freshman and started all 19 games. During her four years as a player, Kiely was a part of three National Championship team (2001, 2002, 2003).

As coach, Kiely was named the 2014 Golden State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year after the Warriors claimed a share of the GSAC regular season championship and won the GSAC Tournament. Under Kiely’s watch, 12 Warriors have been named NAIA All-Americans and 20 have earned All-GSAC honors.