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Warriors Defeat #11, Then Defeated by #24

November 16th, 2015
Karlie Storkson

By Kaci Mexico
November 16, 2015

In the second game of this weekend’s Las Vegas Basketball Tournament, #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball shut down #11 Great Falls (Mont.) 66-45. The next day, in their final game of the tournament, the Warriors (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season when they fell to #24 Carroll (Mont.) 76-67. Their overall tournament record was 2-1.

Head coach Kirsten Moore reflected on their victory against Great Falls. “This was a really big win for us. They are a very high scoring team and our defense held them to way under their average.

“We held their All-American to zero points which was huge. Karlie Storkson drew that assignment and denied her everywhere – she was huge for us on the defensive end and was definitely our game MVP.”

Storkson held Erin Legel scoreless, who last season averaged 17.7 points a game.

“Offensively I thought we executed really well,” said Moore. “There was a balance of scoring from a lot of different people and a lot of people stepped up.”

Women’s Soccer to Host Embry-Riddle

November 16th, 2015
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NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament
  
Opening Round
  
Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) Eagels at Westmont Warriors
  
Thorrington Field, 12:00 p.m.

Volleyball Left Out

November 16th, 2015
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Westmont Volleyball (20-7, 11-5 GSAC) was left out of the NAIA Volleyball National Tournament following its Golden State Athletic Conference loss on Saturday night to The Master’s College (20-10, 11-5).

The unexpected exclusion was a direct result of the Warriors falling from number 12 to number 20 in the NAIA Volleyball Coaches Top-25 Final Poll released this morning. The last at-large berth was taken by Southern Oregon (24-4), which was ranked at number 19.

On Saturday evening, the Warrior had an opportunity to not only secure a national tournament bid, but also to receive a first round bye. The top 11 ranked teams receive first round byes and Westmont, ranked at number 12, was aware that the ninth, 10th and 11th ranked teams had already lost in conference tournaments going on throughout the country. A win against The Master’s would likely have moved the Warriors into the top 11.

The loss, however, brought an end to the Warriors’ season.

Loss May Cost Bye

November 15th, 2015
Samantha Neely (left) and Missy Fuerst put up a block.

Westmont Volleyball (20-7, 11-5 GSAC), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll, ended the regular season on a disappointing note Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors fell to The Master’s in the final Golden State Athletic Conference match for both teams in four sets by scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-51, 26-24.

The loss likely means a missed opportunity for the Warriors to receive a bye in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The top 11 ranked teams receive a bye and with several teams ranked above the Warriors suffering losses in conference tournaments around the nation, the possibility of Westmont moving up at least one spot in the national poll seemed likely. The loss, however, has made that doubtful.

The Warriors looked to be in control in the opening frame, recording a .243 team attack percentage and holding the Mustangs to just .077. However, the Mustangs bolted out of the chute in the second set to post a 10-5 lead and grab momentum. The Warriors narrowed the Mustangs’ margin to 23-21, but kills by The Master’s Aubrey Pyburn and Emily Curtin ended the set and evened the match at one set apiece.

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Defense and Assists Give Warriors Desert Win

November 15th, 2015
Hayden Anderson

Playing just north of his home state of Arizona, the Warrior’s Hayden Anderson helped #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (3-2) gather a win in the desert.

“Hayden had a very nice game playing close to home,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “He only had eight points but really played very well.”

The senior from Phoenix helped guide the Warriors to an 82-70 victory over Benedictine-Mesa (Ariz.) (2-5) on Saturday night in the 2015 Men’s NAIA Desert Region Hydrocephalus Invitational.

Four Warriors tallied double-figures including sophomore Sean Harman (13 points), sophomore David Gunn (12 points), junior Cory Blau (11 points) and sophomore Jerry Karczewski (10 points).

“We did a better job defensively, holding them to 38 percent from the field,” noted Moore about the team’s performance.

Warriors Named GSAC Champions

November 14th, 2015
Photo by Matthew Cappuccilli

By Kaci Mexico
November 14, 2015

The #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer Team (14-3-2, 7-1-2) claimed the title of Golden State Athletic Conference Champions for the second year in a row when they defeated #13 Biola (14-3-3, 7-1-2) in a decisive win of 3-0.

“This is an overwhelming feeling just because of how hard they have worked all season,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “To see the fruit of their hard work tonight was beautiful and I think it was a testament to what kind of team this is and their ability to do something very difficult. Biola is not an easy team to play against so for us to be able to capitalize on our set pieces and finish our chances on their turf was incredible. I am very elated for the women and they should welcome the feeling of the victory tonight.”

The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes, until sophomore Jackie Lopez scored back-to-back goals a minute and one half apart. Both goals came off of two masterful set pieces taken by senior Angela Brown.

“On both services, she (Brown) was more than precise,” explained Cappuccilli. “She dropped the ball exactly where it needed to be. She hit the first ball perfectly and it soared towards the top, back corner of the six yard box. Jackie timed her run, and shot near the upper left corner of the goal – a very difficult angle to score from. After the first goal our momentum defiantly shifted in a positive way.

“The second goal came off of a free kick from about 55 yards out. The ball was a perfect distribution in that she hit it so that it curved towards the back post. Again, Jackie was there with perfect timing to capitalize and make a beautiful finish.”

Turnovers Trip Up Warriors

November 14th, 2015
Sean Harman

Playing in the 2015 Men’s NAIA Desert Reign Hydrocephalus Invitational, #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-2) suffered at 77-66 loss to the Fighting Saints of St. Francis (Ill.) (3-0) on Friday evening.

Cory Blau led the Warriors with 17 points while Sam Bentz added another 11.

“We didn’t shoot well from the free throw line – we were 13 for 23,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We came back and it looked like were going to be able to take the lead, but we had trouble making our free throws.

“St. Francis is a very good team who executed well. We couldn’t get defensive stops at crucial times. We also had 10 turnovers in the first half. We played well at times but we turned it over entirely too much.”

The Warriors continue invitational play when they take on Benedictine (Ariz.) tomorrow afternoon at four o’clock.

A Second Half Comeback

November 13th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

By Kaci Mexico
November 13, 2015

(LAS VEGAS) The undefeated #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (4-0) achieved another victory on their away game expedition when they overcame Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 76-56.

Within the first minute, the Warriors scored the initial five points of the game off of a shot by sophomore Lauren McCoy and a three-pointer by freshman Kayla Sato.

Lindenwood answered with two seven-point runs that were five minutes apart. The second of these, earned them a solid nine-point lead with only three and one half minutes left in the first half (20-29). This run consisted of two successful consecutive shots by Kindra Brown followed by a three-pointer by Rilea Huff.

Twenty seconds later, the Warriors responded to this deficit with an 11-point run. Senior Lauren Sende ignited their offensive flame with a two-point shot, assisted by senior Krissy Karr. Next, junior Aysia Shellmire added on a two-point shot of her own and Sende followed with another successful two-point shot. Then, Karr scored a three-pointer and Sende ended the run the way it began, with a two-point shot (31-29).

The half ended with both teams tied at 31-31.

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