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Warriors Victorious in Season Opener

October 31st, 2015
Kayla Sato

By Kaci Mexico

October 30, 2015

Coming off of a semifinal appearance in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Tournament, Westmont exhibited both the continued strength of their program and the immense potential of this year’s team when they defeated Oregon Tech 68-52 in today’s season opener.

“We knew for our first game that we were playing a good veteran team,” said Westmont head coach Kirsten Moore. “They went to the national tournament for the NAIA Division II last year and they have nine players returning from that team. On top of this experience, they were going to come here and see us as a great opportunity because of the fact that we have had a history of success as well. We knew this was going to be a good test from the start.”

The Warriors were quick to act and scored the first five points of the game within the first two minutes. Lauren McCoy scored first on a layup following the tip-off. Two minutes later McCoy passed to Shellmire who was fouled on her successful layup and who then converted the resulting free throw.

Throughout the game the Warriors gradually increased their lead with consistent shooting success. They had a shooting percentage of 42.6, while the Owls had a percentage of 31.3.

Men’s Basketball Claims Opener

October 30th, 2015
Cory Blau

Guard Cory Blau racked up 19 points and four rebounds in the season opener for #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (1-0). The Warriors defeated La Verne by a score of 87-71.

“We saw some things that we were capable of doing, which is exciting to think about,” said Westmont head coach John Moore who just launched his 28 season as a head coach (23rd at Westmont). We saw our depth, we saw some new athleticism and we saw some guys who played with good energy.

“Cory shot the ball very well. Sam Bentz (9 points, 4 rebounds) played a really nice game. Hayden Anderson (10 points) was our best leader out there. Olisa Nwachie (5 points, 3 rebounds) did some nice things. Noah Blanton (6 points, 5 rebounds) did some good things out there as well. I thought Sean McDonnell (8 points, 5 rebounds) was a really important player for us. He got us started off early in the game and set the tone.”

The Leopards held the lead for the first 12 minutes of the game until Blau struck from downtown to put the Warriors up 25-23. Sam Harmen (8 points) followed with a layup as did Nwachie to give Westmont a 29-23 advantage. The Warriors never trailed again.

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Warriors Seize Greatness

October 28th, 2015
Jackie Lopez

By Kaci Mexico

October 28, 2015

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) “One game doesn’t define a season – you have an opportunity this week to do something great and it starts on Wednesday.” This is what head coach Chantel Cappuccilli repeatedly voiced to the #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (11-3-2, 6-1-2) in the practice sessions leading up to today’s game.

The Warriors embraced the opportunity to be great in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference women’s soccer game when they defeated Hope International 2-0.

Cappuccilli attributes today’s success to the previous days’ practice sessions.

“Our response in training on Monday and Tuesday was crucial to our success today,” explained Cappuccilli. “We had two very good training sessions. They passed the ball around with speed and precision and their movement on and off the ball was sharp as well – both of which translated into the game today.”

Both of the Warriors’ goals were scored by none other than the team’s leading goal scorer, a two time recipient of this season’s GSAC Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week honors, senior Kelsey Steck.

Volleyball Drops Match at Vanguard

October 27th, 2015
Amy Buffham

A trip to Orange County didn’t end the way #17 Westmont Volleyball (17-6, 9-4 GSAC) had hope. The Warriors had designs on upsetting #7 Vanguard (18-4, 11-0) and handing the Lions their first Golden State Athletic Conference lost. Unfortunately, it was Vanguard who improved their record with a 3-1 victory (29-27, 21-25, 25-14, 25-18).

Trailing 20-14 in the first set, Westmont produced a 9-3 run to tie the game at 23. The run began with a kill by Taylor Beckman and was fueled by a kill from Sarah McGough, two service aces by Alexa Nestlerode, two kills by Jessica McCann and a kill by Missy Fuerst.

The two teams scored four times each to advance the score to 27-27 before Vanguard took advantage of a kill by Taylor Jackson and a Westmont attack error to claim the first set.

With the score tied at five in the second set, Westmont unleashed another run, this time scoring 11 of the next 13 points. Vanguard whittled away at the Warriors’ advantage, pulling to within one point at 22-21. However, after a Warrior timeout, Beckman and Fuerst delivered back-to-back kills and Vanguard committed an attack error to end the set and tie the match at one set each.

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Kabogoza Scores Game-Winner for Warriors

October 27th, 2015
Davies Kabogoza

The Warriors’ Davies Kabogoza scored the first game of his collegiate career to give Westmont Men’s Soccer (8-5-2, 5-3-1 GSAC) a 1-0 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over Hope International on Tuesday afternoon. With the win, the Warriors conclude a three-game road trip with two wins and a tie.

Kabogoza, who hails from Uganda, entered the game in the 38th minute. Seven minutes later , he scored the game’s lone goal just seconds before the end of the first half.

“We were attacking down the left-hand side of the field and turned over the ball,” reported Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “Austin Lack re-won it back on the edge of the box, digging the ball out of a tackle. He rounded a defender close to the end line and slotted the ball across the top of the six. Davies was there to scramble it home. We didn’t know it at the time, but it turned out to be the key moment of the match.

“Davies has not had the opportunity to play a lot,” continued the coach, “but he has kept at it. His score epitomized what the day was for us, which was contributions from a lot of different people. We had to have those contributions because of how physically tired we were. We felt like we’ve been on that bus for a month.

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Volleyball Extends Winning Streak

October 24th, 2015
Sydney Striff

Westmont Volleyball (17-5, 9-3) ran its winning streak to five matches on Saturday afternoon with a 3-1 (25-19, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19) win over San Diego Christian (11-11, 3-9) in Murchison Gymnasium.

Senior Sydney Striff led the #16 Warriors with 13 kills and posted a .333 attack percentage.

“Sydney had nice kills at key points in the match,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “She was one of our clutch hitters today.”

Freshman Libby Dahlberg added 11 kills and seven blocks while posting a .381 attack percentage and senior Missy Fuerst added 10 kills with a .385 attack percentage and six blocks.

“Missy impressed me with her blocking today,” said Cook. Also impressive to the coach was junior libero Kami Troesh.

“Kami was on fire with nice saves digs,” advanced Cook. “She had one of the best games that I have seen.”

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Warriors Sweep WJU Invitational

October 24th, 2015
Nathan Evans (left) and Evan Kramer (right). (Photo courtesy William Jessup Sports Information)

Westmont Cross Country swept the William Jessup Invitational on Saturday, winning both the men’s and women’s races. Westmont’s 25th-ranked men outpaced #17 The Master’s by a score of 28-31 (low score wins) and #22 Oregon Tech, which tallied 75 points. The 14th-ranked Westmont women’s team edged out #7 The Master’s 36-38 with #21 Oregon Tech taking third with 52 points.

“I was elated to see our men’s team have a very strong race,” said Smelley. “They produced a team spread of 40 seconds and didn’t give in to the packed dirt course on undulating hills. The men kept their spread together until the very end when Evan Kramer had a good finish to take second place.”

Kramer posted a time of 25:30 over the 8,000 meter course, edging out two runners from The Master’s – Richard Beckelew (third place, 25:40) and Kyler Mikesell (fourth place, 25:48). The race was won by Joshua Sherfey of The Master’s who completed the course in a time of 24:40.

With three runners in from the Master’s and only one for Westmont, the next few runners would be critical. As it turned out, the next four were wearing Maroon.

Westmont’s Thomas Hamlin claimed fifth place with a time of 26:06 and Blake Fonda captured sixth with a time of 26:13. Right behind Fonda were Nathan Evans in seventh and John Nealon in eighth, both with times of 26:15.

[men’s results] [women’s results]

Warriors Stumble in Rocklin

October 24th, 2015
Destinee Adams

By Kaci Mexico

October 24, 2015

The #5 Warriors of Westmont (10-3-2, 5-1-2) and the Warriors of William Jessup (10-6, 3-5) were neck and neck in today’s Golden State Athletic Conference women’s soccer game, until the William Jessup Warriors prevailed with a game-ending goal in the first overtime period. The final score was 1-0.

“It didn’t feel good, but it’s a game you learn from,” said head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “We created a significant amount of opportunities – a fair amount to be able to put the game away, but we didn’t finish.”

The Warriors had a total of nine shots and nine corner kicks, while William Jessup had a total of seven shots and two corner kicks.

“I would say that William Jessup put a good amount of pressure on us and ultimately finished the opportunities they had,” explained Cappuccilli.