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Left-Sided Power Prevails

September 13th, 2015
Emma Harrah (photo by Nathan Ngo)

Outside hitters Jessica McCann and Taylor Beckman powered Westmont Volleyball (9-2, 2-0 GSAC) to its eighth win in a row on Saturday evening at Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors defeated Golden State Athletic Conference newcomer Menlo in straight sets (25-8, 26-24, 25-11).

McCann and Beckman each produced a .348 attack percentage with McCann tallying 11 kills and Beckman nine.

“Anytime my outsides hit over a .250 percentage, I’m thrilled,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “From an outside hitter, .250 is a good percentage, .350 is an amazing percentage. I am proud of Jessica and the strides she’s made to keep the ball in play when she doesn’t have a full swing. She’s come a really long way in that and it is showing in her hitting percentage as she makes fewer errors.”

On Saturday, the Warriors tallied eight team blocks with freshman Libby Dahlberg involved in half of them.

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A Second Half Revival

September 13th, 2015
Kaitlin Swift scores to give the warriors their first lead of the game.

After a gameless two weeks full of concentrated and intense training, the #7 Warriors (2-1) stepped onto Thorrington Field prepared and eager to take on the Claremont- Mudd- Scripps Athenas (1-1-1). After a few early goals in a tense first half, the Warriors eventually established their dominance in the second half and defeated the Athenas 4-2.

The first goal of the game came in the 5th minute when CMS forward, Katelyn Faust took a powerful shot from outside of the 18 yard line on the left side of the field to score in the upper right hand corner of the goal.

The Warriors quickly answered in the 7th minute with a goal of their own when Jackie Lopez played the ball to a composed Brooke Lillywhite, who quickly cracked a driven shot from the top of the 18 yard line to even the score.

Literally, 27 seconds later in the 8th minute, the Athenas reclaimed their lead when Faust scored another goal on a driven shot from outside of the goal box, only this time from the right side of the field.

Though down by one, the Warriors were not without hope; they proved to be resilient as they continued to pressure the Athenas defensive line.

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Volleyball Earns Win in GSAC Opener

September 11th, 2015
Taylor Beckman led the Warriors with 14 kills.

Taylor Beckman smashed down 14 kills to lead Westmont Volleyball (8-2, 1-0 GSAC) to a 3-0 win in its Golden State Athletic Conference season opener against William Jessup. Westmont (8-2) won by scores of 25-13, 25-23, 25-14. Beckman made just one hitting error in 23 attempts to post an attack percentage of .565.

“Taylor is an incredible player who will come into her own even more as the season advances,” asserted Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “She is hungry, she is aggressive and she is one of our more steady players.”

The win is the seventh in a row for Westmont – the last five by three game sweeps. Westmont has won its last 21 sets and 24 of its last 25.

“It’s always nice to get a win in your first conference match,” noted Cook. “It was a lot closer than we wanted it to be. William Jessup has improved over the last two years. They were showing it with some of their offensive power. They found a way around and through our block in the second set. We had to make adjustments, which we did.”

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Stalemate with Number Three

September 9th, 2015
Goalkeeper Josh Glover

For the third time in six days, Westmont Men’s Soccer has played in an overtime game – getting a different result in each contest. Tonight, the Warriors took on #3 Marymount at Los Angeles Harbor College and played to a scoreless draw.

On last week’s trip to Ohio, the Warriors suffered a heartbreaking double-overtime 2-1 loss to #5 Rio Grande (Ohio) and then responded with a 2-1 overtime win over Point Park (Pa.) the next day.

In tonight’s game, Marymount took 13 shots, placing three of them on goal. The Warriors countered with 12 shots, seven of which were on target.

“It was actually a good game to watch,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It was an open game with both teams moving up and down the field, both teams getting into the box and both teams getting chances. It was a draw, but not a conservative draw.”

Westmont’s best chance to score came in the 10th minute off the foot of Brandon Talsma.

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Volleyball Takes Home Opener

September 9th, 2015
Jessica McCann

All 16 players on the #21 Westmont Volleyball roster made it onto the court last night as the Warriors (7-2) extended their winning streak to six matches with a three-game sweep of Capilano of British Columbia (0-3). The Warriors, who posted set scores of 25-15, 25-17 and 25-11, have won their last 18 sets.

The Warriors jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the opening set and never looked back. The second set was much more closely contested. With the score tied at nine, however, Westmont scored the next three points – two on kills by Libby Dahlberg who finished with nine kills and a .600 attack percentage.

The Blues caught the Warriors again at 15, but Westmont rallied with a 5-0 run that included a service ace and a kill by Taylor Beckman (six kills, .250 attack percentage) and a kill by Jessica McCann (10 kills, posting a .250 hitting percentage) to take control of the set.

In the third set, Westmont used a 7-0 run to turn a 4-4 tie into an 11-4 advantage. McCann had back-to-back-to-back kills during that stretch.

Kami Troesh, who was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Defensive Volleyball Player of the Week, tallied 18 serve receptions without an error and added 17 digs.

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Quintero’s PK is Golden

September 5th, 2015
Asher Booth

For Wilton Quintero, it was his second successful penalty kick in as many days. For Westmont Men’s Soccer (2-1), it meant coming back to Santa Barbara with a “W”. Quintero’s PK also served as the golden goal, giving Westmont a 2-1 overtime victory over Park Point of Pennsylvania (2-2).

“It was obviously good to find a way to win today,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “It was a difficult day coming back at four o’clock today after the game last night. We made six changes to the starting line-up, trying to put on some fresh legs and save the guys who had played some heavy minutes.”

Westmont took the lead in the 21st minute on the first collegiate goal by freshman Asher Booth.

“Dash Wultrain played a clever little ball over the top on the left hand side,” reported Wolf. “Asher picked up the ball wide on the left flank and went on a great solo dribble toward the top of the box. He cut in, got it on his right foot and let one fly. He definitely has some individual ability.”

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Offense Clicking as GSAC Nears

September 5th, 2015

Westmont Volleyball (6-2) made short work of a trip to The Master’s College to take on two non-conference opponents. The Warriors ran their winning streak to five matches by sweeping both Cal State San Marcos (0-2) and Carroll (Mont.). Westmont has now won 15 sets in a row.

“San Marcos came out strong,” noted Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “Once we figured out their tendencies, we started to take the game away.”

The Warriors claimed a 25-16 victory in the first set, followed by wins of 25-22 and 25-16. Libby Dahlberg posted 12 kills and a .409 attack percentage. Jessica McCann added 10 more kills and a .412 attack percentage while Taylor Beckman had nine kills with just one error.”

“Libby dominated the day,” said Cook, “and was stellar in the middle. Jessica had outstanding offensive play.”

Against Carroll (3-4), Beckman and Dahlberg each contributed 10 kills to lead the Warriors to a 25-22, 25-17, 25-23 sweep.

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Warriors Suffer Heartbreaker in Rio Grande

September 5th, 2015
Josh Constant (Photo by Brad Elliott)

Westmont’s Wilton Quintero converted a penalty kick in the 88th minute to send today’s game against fifth-ranked Rio Grande (Ohio) to overtime. However, the RedStorm broke the Warriors’ hearts with a game winner in the final two minutes of double-overtime to snatch a 2-1 victory.

The Warriors are in Rio Grande (pronounced RY-o to rhyme with “Ohio”) for games with a pair of Midwest powerhouse teams. Named for the river in Texas in order to commemorate the Mexican-American war of 1846-48, the city with a population of 816 is dwarfed by the University of Rio Grande with an enrollment of over 2,400. Ironically, the only body of water near Rio Grande is a small tributary of the Ohio River named Raccoon Creek.

“The guys put in a terrific effort and stretched a very good team to the maximum,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “That was really commendable on their part and great to see.”

After a scoreless first half, the RedStorm recorded a goal in the 70th minute.

“The ball was played over the top on our right side,” described Wolf. “The initial shot was not from a great angle. Josh (Glover) made a great save but pushed the rebound to his left. They had a player at the back post who finished it off for them.”

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