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Warriors Beat Biola in First Round

April 15th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(INDIAN WELLS, Calif.) The Westmont men’s tennis team started the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament off strong this afternoon with a First Round 5-2 win over Biola University. With the perfect stage set at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Complex, the Warrior men fought their way into victory.

“We played Biola last Saturday and even though we beat them 8-1, I thought we played really fundamental, consistent tennis all of that day,” opened head coach Mark Basham. “I was a bit worried about today’s match, knowing that we have some injuries and men who are not 100 percent. I was confident in our talent, but I knew that we would have to execute well today.”

If injuries were an issue, you would not have noticed them this afternoon. Other than a couple of underhand (yet surprisingly tough) serves from Josh Barnard-who has been sidelined off and on all season due to injury- there was no blatant sign of physical struggle.

The men played at a high level and fought for each win of the day. In the first doubles position was Carl-Philip Lindqvist and Joshua Barnard who have proven to be the most dynamic of the duos. Their 8-3 victory over their Eagle opponents truly set the tone for the rest of the day.

Eyes on the Prize

April 15th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(Indian Wells, Calif.) The #11 Westmont women’s tennis team took the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament First Round courts by storm this afternoon in sunny Indian Wells, Calif. Thankfully, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden is the perfect venue to put perform well at. On courts where many professionals have practiced and played, Westmont (13-8, 10-2 GSAC) defeated Hope International (0-15, 0-12 GSAC) 5-0 in the quickest match of the day.

The Warriors started the day off with doubles play. Apparently, each of the duos were locked in with the same mindset because not one single point was given up in any of the three doubles competitions. Court number three, featuring Emily Keach and Grace Davis, was the first to finish with an 8-0 win over Alyssa Prichett and Gabriella Chavez. They were quickly followed by Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness who swept their Royal opponents in a speedy 8-0 clinic. Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna showed out on court number one against Sabrina Miller and Alyssa Penner, adding yet another win to their now 19-1 doubles record together.

Smelley Honored as Coach of Character

April 12th, 2015
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Russell Smelley received the 2014 NAIA Coach of Character Award.

Westmont’s Russell Smelley was honored today as the 2015 NAIA Coach of Character award winner at the NAIA National Convention.

The NAIA Coach of Character award is given annually to an NAIA head coach who has embraced the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program, demonstrated through sport and instilled a culture of community leadership through volunteering or service.

Since 1979, Smelley has served as the head coach of Westmont’s Track and Field and Cross Country teams.

As the Coach of Character recipient, Smelley was honored as “the epitome of the Coach of Character award; he believes that coaches have the unique opportunity to help develop the character and resilience of their athletes.”

Warrior Baseball Goes .500 on the Week

April 12th, 2015
Turner Conrad

Westmont Baseball (33-10, 27-9 GSAC) went 2-2 over the weekend in Golden State Athletic Conference play. The Lions of Vanguard (32-13, 25-11) took two from the Warriors in a three-game series on Friday and Saturday before Westmont claimed an 8-4 victory over William Jessup on Sunday afternoon.

In Friday’s game, the Warriors fell 7-3 in a game that saw no extra base hits by either team. Russell Harmening (9-2) took the loss after pitching seven and one-third innings. Harmening gave up four runs on three hits. He struck out three and waked two. Graylin Derke went two for three in the game while Will Barring was two for four.

In the first of two games on Saturday, Westmont posted an 8-3 victory behind a complete game performance by Daniel Butler. In nine innings of work, Butler allowed three runs on eight hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Offensively, Michael Stefanic went three for three on the day with a sacrifice bunt and a stolen base. Ryan Crowe was two for three in the game with two runs scored and an RBI.

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

An Unwelcome Upset

April 8th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) #16 San Diego Christian men’s tennis team (11-6, 7-4 GSAC) pulled out an unwanted 7-2 upset Tuesday afternoon against #10 Westmont College (8-12, 7-4 GSAC) on the Hawks’ home court.

With regular season play almost over, the San Diego Christian was looking for a last minute upset over Westmont who was ranked above them in both conference and national standings. On court number one, Brendan Aguilar fought Westmont’s Carl-Philip Lindqvist for a 6-3, 6-0 win to start the day. Joshua Barnard worked hard to hang with Leonardo Urquidi, but lost the sets 6-4, 6-1, giving the Hawks the second win of the day.

Warriors Overturn the Hawks

April 8th, 2015

By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) The #11 Westmont women’s tennis team (11-8, 9-2 GSAC) was on a mission on Tuesday afternoon as they defeated San Diego Christian (4-11, 4-7 GSAC) on the Hawks’ home court.

The Warrior women started the day off strong with a 3-0 lead in doubles play. Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna added yet another 8-0 sweep to their season with a quick win over Viktoria Galitsyna and Heather Boros. On court number two, Alyson Meyer and Haley Strandness finished out a close 8-6 game against their Hawk opponents. Emily Keach and Grace Davis held down the number three slot with an 8-1 win over Yana Riabykh and Anastasia Hicker.

Harmening Hampers Eagles

April 1st, 2015
Michael Stefanic

The game took a strange turn just before three o’clock in La Mirada, where the game was originally scheduled to play. Both pitchers were warmed up and both teams ready to go but no one showed up to umpire the game.

A quick scramble by the hosts and coordination with the assigner of officials resulted in both a change of start time and of location. The game was postponed until 7:00 p.m. and arrangements were made to play under the lights at Azusa Pacific.

Judging by their performance, none of that appeared to faze either Harmening or the Warrior hitters.

Westmont’s Alex Bush, who leads the league in batting average, went three for five on the night including a first inning solo home run to put the Warriors on top.

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Warrior Women Solidify Senior Day Win

April 1st, 2015

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Yesterday, in front of a crowd of friends and family members, the #11 Westmont women’s tennis team (10-8, 8-2 GSAC) put on a superb performance against #17 Vanguard University (5-13, 5-5 GSAC), giving the seniors one final 5-4 win on the Abbott Tennis Courts. Though it would be a battle, the Warriors couldn’t have chosen a better way to close out their senior’s final career home court match.

After the flowers were handed out, pictures were snapped and hugs were given, the Westmont women kicked off the day with doubles play. On court number one, Lauren Stratman and Ines Costamagna swept Sarah Edwards and Nataliya Yamkova in a quick 8-0 match. This marks the sixteenth win for this dream team, pushing them forward to a 16-1 overall doubles record.