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#15 Warriors Conquer #7 Hawks

February 29th, 2016
Carl Lindqvist (Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 27, 2016

In a well fought battle between two top ranked teams, #15 Westmont Men’s Tennis (4-2, 4-0 GSAC) prevailed against #7 San Diego Christian (4-1, 3-1) by a score of 5-4. This was San Diego Christian’s first loss of the season.

In singles play, the Warriors won four out of six matches playing at numbers one, two, four and six. At number one, Carl Lindqvist defeated Brendan Aguilar in three sets 6-2, 4-6, 6-2; at number two, Travis Kimsey defeated Alessandro Moriano 6-3, 6-2; at number four, Luke Whalen triumphed over Michael Rjazanov in three sets 6-1, 4-6, 6-1; and at number six, David Akin clinched a win over Joey Rivera in three close sets 7-6 (7-2), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2).

Playing at number three, the Hawks’ Daniel Superlano defeated Christian Mathis 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) and at number five the Hawks’ Jan-Erik Iserman defeated Tommy Nightingale 6-2, 6-4.

In doubles play, the Hawks won two out of the three matches. Playing at number one, Aguilar and Superlano overcame Lindqvist and Kimsey 9-7, and at number three Iserman and Leonardo Urquidi defeated Jordan Strandness and Akin 8-6. At number two, Mathis and Whalen of Westmont defeated Moriano and Rjazanov 8-6.

The Warriors’ next match will be a non-conference match against Concordia (Irvine) in Irvine March 8 at 2:00 p.m.

Three in a Row for Westmont

February 29th, 2016
Haley Strandness (Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 27, 2016

Tenth ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis (3-2, 3-1 GSAC) earned their third Golden State Athletic Conference victory when they narrowly defeated San Diego Christian (2-4, 2-2) by a score of 5-4.

In singles play, the Warriors and the Hawks each won three matches. The Warriors were triumphant playing at numbers one, three, and six. At number one, Lauren Stratman defeated Aleksand Emelianova 6-0, 6-2; at number three Haley Strandness defeated Heather Borsos 6-1, 6-2; and at number six, Maria Rivera won by forfeit.

The Hawks prevailed playing at numbers two, four, and five. At number two Broo Jensen-Ferslov defeated Isabel Lee 3-6, 7-5, and 6-4; at number four Nataliya Yamkova defeated Chloe Clement 7-6 (7-5), 6-4; and at number five Mariam Boeta defeated Zarina Huber 6-3, 6-3.

In doubles, the Warriors ultimately won two out of the three matches. Playing at number one, Stratman and Lee swept Emelianova and Yamkova 8-0; at number two, San Diego Christian’s Jensen-Ferslov and Borsos defeated Strandness and Huber 8-4; and at number three, Rivera and Clement won by forfeit.

Coming up, the Warriors will host a non-conference match this Thursday against Brenau (KY.) on the Abbott Tennis Courts at 2:00 p.m.

Warriors Fall to the Oaks

February 29th, 2016
Photo by Nate Kurtzman

By Kaci Mexico
February 27, 2016

In their final game of conference #24 Westmont Men’s Basketball (20-9, 9-7) fell to Menlo (10-19, 4-12) by a score of 79-93.

Westmont and Menlo were neck and neck for the first nine minutes of the first half, until Menlo pulled ahead after a 13-2 run that lasted four and a half minutes. This run gave Menlo an eight point lead (30-22) that they would work to hold on to and improve upon for the remainder of the game. The first half ended with the Warriors down 31-42.

In the second half, the Warriors attempted to chip away at the gap, while Menlo fought to keep their lead in the double figures.

With 4:46 left in the game, the Warriors closed the gap to only seven points when Sean Harmon hit a three-pointer (71-78). However, 30 seconds later, Menlo answered back with a three-pointer by Tyler Evens to recover their previous lead.

There was back-and-forth scoring for the majority of the second half and the Warriors could not seem to harness momentum.

Warriors Finish as GSAC Champions

February 29th, 2016
Photo by Angela Ave Brown

By Kaci Mexico
February 27, 2016

Second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (26-3, 15-1 GSAC) became Golden State Athletic Conference champions and earned the number one seed in the GSAC Tournament when they conquered Menlo (11-18, 4-12) by a score of 79-52.

For the second game in a row, four Warriors scored in the double figures. Aimee Brakken led the Warriors in scoring and put up 15 points – all from the three-point line. She also pulled down two rebounds. Aysia Shellmire shot at 100 percent from the field (7-7) to tally 14 points along with five rebounds.

Krissy Karr put up 13 points, pulled down three rebounds, and led in assists with nine. McCoy added ten points, had an assist, and led in rebounds with seven.

The Warriors seized momentum when they began the game with a nine-point run to take an early nine point lead. McCoy had two layups and a free throw, Karr had a jump shot, and Shellmire had a layup.

Westmont held and improved upon this lead in the second quarter with another nine point run. This run consisted of two layups by Shellmire, a jump shot by Karr, and a three-pointer by Karlie Storkson. The first half ended with the Warriors ahead by 14 points (45-31).

Eighth Inning Eruption Gives Warriors Win

February 26th, 2016
Jarrett Costa

Daniel Butler picked up his fourth win of the season on Friday afternoon when #16 Westmont (12-2, 3-1) defeated Golden State Athletic Conference opponent Biola (5-12, 1-3) by a score of 6-3. Butler pitched eight innings, giving up three unearned runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out four and walked one.

A pitcher’s duel for seven innings, the game remained scoreless until Westmont erupted for six runs in the top of the eighth and Biola scored three runs in the bottom half of the same frame. Biola starter Eric Diomartich (1-3), who was eventually charged with the loss, permitted just one hit in the first seven innings without allowing a runner past second base.

The Warriors’ eighth started with a pair of walks to Luke Coffey and Turner Conrad, resulting in Diomartich being lifted from the game in favor of Daniel Jang. Shane Soria, pinch hitting for Austin McGilvra, hit a ground ball past a charging Biola third baseman Andres Rodriquez. The Eagles’ shortstop Alec de Watteville made an impressive backhanded catch and tagged Coffey who was streaking for third. However, de Watteville’s attempt to throw Soria out at first for a double play went amiss, allowing Conrad to reach third and Soria to take second.

Michael Frigon then singled up the middle to drive in Conrad as the first run of the game while advancing Soria to third. A ground ball back to the mound by Alika McGuire resulted in Soria being tagged out and Frigon reaching second.

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Karczewski’s Three Propels Westmont to Win

February 26th, 2016
Jerry Karczewski(Photo by Brad Elliott)

A three-point bucket by Jerry Karczewski in the waning seconds of Thursday’s game resulted in a 65-63 Golden State Athletic Conference victory by #24 Westmont (20-8, 9-6 GSAC) over #22 William Jessup (18-9, 10-6). The win moves the Warriors into a tie for fourth place with #15 Arizona Christian (21-7, 9-6).

With the scored tied at 62, Karczewski’s shot came as the shot clock, which was four seconds ahead of the game clock, neared the two second mark.

William Jessup quickly brought the ball up court and Darius Clement attempted a shot but was fouled by Sean McDonnell, sending Clement to the line to shoot two free throws with 0.4 seconds left on the clock. Clement made the first, but missed the second. The clock expired before either team gained possession of the rebound.

McDonnell led Westmont in scoring and rebounding, averaging 19 points and seven boards. Cory Blau added 18 points.

With 12:23 remaining in the game, Clement scored on a layup to give Jessup a 46-36 advantage. Three minutes later, Westmont had tied the score at 48 courtesy of a 12-2 run. A layup by Britton Williams kicked off the run, followed by a three-pointer by Blau. McDonnell then provided back-to-back layups before Sam Bentz tied the game with a long-range bucket from beyond the arc.

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A Third Quarter Surge

February 25th, 2016
Morgan Haskin (Photo by Angela Ave Brown).

By Kaci Mexico
February 25, 2016

Four Warriors scored in the double figures to lead #2 Westmont Women’s Basketball (25-3, 14-1 GSAC) to their eighth consecutive victory. The Westmont Warriors defeated the William Jessup Warriors (15-14, 6-10) by a score of 72-61.

Aysia Shellmire led the Warriors in scoring and put up 18 points – she was eight for nine (88.8 percent) from the field and two for two from the free throw line. She also pulled down two rebounds and tallied two blocks.

Krissy Karr put up 15 points – all of which were from the three-point line. She also pulled down two rebounds and added three assists. Kayla Sato made five of eight from the field and one of two from the charity stripe to tally 12 points along with two rebounds and three assists. Cora Chan added ten points, a rebound, and two assists.

After a close first quarter, Westmont found themselves down by eight points with four and a half minutes left in the first half. Then Westmont went on a seven point run to close the gap and end the half in a tie (27-27). Sato had a free throw and a layup, Morgan Haskin had two free throws, Amy Brakken had a free throw, and Lauren McCoy had a layup.

Shellmire Named GSAC and NAIA Player of the Week

February 24th, 2016
Aysia Shellmire ( Photo by Brad Elliott).

By Kaci Mexico
February 23, 2016

Junior forward Aysia Shellmire was recognized at the conference and national levels when she received Golden State Athletic Conference and NAIA Player of the Week honors for her performance in last week’s games.

Last Thursday, Shellmire led second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (23-4, 13-2) to victory with a double-double (17 points and 12 rebounds) in a match-up against then – tenth ranked The Master’s, 72-66. This win against The Master’s moved the Warriors up to first place in the GSAC standings.

Two days later, she earned another double-double (27 points and 10 rebounds) in a win over San Diego Christian.

On the week, Shellmire connected on 20-of-34 field goals and shot at 58 percent from the floor. She also shot at 80 percent (4-5) from the free throw line. Between the two games, Shellmire averaged 22 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal.

At the conference level, Shellmire is ranked in the top ten in six statistical categories: