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Warriors Breeze Through First Round

March 17th, 2016
Morgan Haskin ( Photo by Ron Smith).

By Kaci Mexico
March 17, 2016

Second ranked and number one seeded Westmont Women’s Basketball (29-3) made a statement in the first round of the NAIA Women’s Basketball National Tournament when they defeated unranked and eighth-seeded Hustin-Tillotson (20-7). The Warriors left no doubt – defeating the Rams by a score of 82-47.

“I just thought we looked like a team that has been here before,” said head coach Kirsten Moore. “I think our players are comfortable on this court and came out and attacked really confidently. We really set the tone from the beginning and it was a great team effort.”

Westmont set the tone when halfway into the first quarter they went on a 12-0 run to take an early 15-point lead. Lauren McCoy had two layups and a free throw, Aysia Shellmire had a layup, Lauren Sende had a jump shot, and Aimee Brakken added a three-pointer.

By the end of the first half, the Warriors led 40-21, and at the end of the third quarter they increased their lead to 27 (60-33).

The Warriors ultimately solidified their trip to the second round when they kicked off the final quarter with a 17-2 point run to take a 40 point lead (77-37). Morgan Haskin was the force behind this run with 13 fourth-quarter points, Sende added on a layup, and Kayla Sato had two free-throws.

The Warriors scored more than 20 points in three of the four quarters, while holding the Rams to no more than 14 points in any quarter.

Warriors Eliminated on Buzzer Beater

March 16th, 2016
Olisa Nwachie

The Westmont Men’s Basketball season came to an end today in the first round of the NAIA National Championship. The 25th ranked Warriors lost on a buzzer beater to the Tornadoes of #6 Talladega (25-6).

“This one stings – it stings in a different way from last year,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We came back this year with a strong intent and desire to win a national championship. The team knew they were capable and came to prove that last year was not a fluke. I think we proved that today. Talladega is one of the top teams in the nation.”

More than two minutes into the game, neither team had scored. Jamarquis Jones made the first basket to put the Tornadoes up 2-0. Westmont’s Sean McDonnell finally got the Warriors on the scoreboard with 16:09 to play in the opening frame, tying the score at two points each.

The next nine points belonged to Talladega, resulting in a score of 11-2 with 13:41 remaining. A field goal by Cory Blau, however, and back-to-back threes by Hayden Anderson and Sean Harman sparked a 16-0 Warrior run that saw the Tornadoes go scoreless for six and one-half innings. The run also included a field goal by Olisa Nwachie, a free throw by Blau, a jumper by Bentz and another three by Anderson.

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Warriors Win 20th Game of the Season

March 16th, 2016
Lance Simpson

Westmont Men’s Baseball, ranked at number six in the NAIA, recorded its 20th win of the season with an 11-6 victory over the Mariners of Marymount (9-11-1), which is in its first season of collegiate baseball. Westmont improved its record to 20-4.

Lance Simpson (1-0) picked up the win after pitching three and one-third innings in relief. The sophomore right-hander did not allow a run and gave up just two hits. Alex Bush pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing one hit.

The Warriors picked up their first run in the opening inning. Michael Stefanic walked with one away and then advanced all the way home on three wild pitches.

In the second inning, Turner Conrad led off with a single to left and scored on a triple to left center by Michael Valentin. A sacrifice fly to center field by Luke Coffey brought home Valentin. Shane Soria delivered a double down the left field line and advanced to third on a single to right by Robert Mendez. A single by Matt Matlock scored Soria from third.

Warriors Romp over Mustangs

March 12th, 2016
Michael Stefanic

Westmont Baseball, ranked at number 16 in the nation, had a banner day at #10 The Master’s taking both ends of a doubleheader. The Warriors won the first game by as score of 4-2. Then Westmont put on a slugfest in the second seven inning game, winning by a score of 23-5.

In the opener, starter Daniel Butler pitched a complete game to earn his fifth win of the season against no loses. The right-hander from Lone Tree, Colorado allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out three. Butler issued just one walk.

All the Warriors’ scoring came in the sixth inning after Michael Stefanic led off with a double to left. A ground out to second base by Alex Bush advanced Stefanic to third. Jarrett Costa then reached on a single through the left side that drove in Stefanic, tying the game at one run apiece.

A walk to Graylin Derke moved Costa to second base. A pop up to shortstop created the second out of the inning before Costa reached third on a wild pitch, giving the Warriors runners on the corners. Derek Rodigo then walked to load the bases.

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Eagles Overcome Warriors

March 11th, 2016
Ines Costamagna (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
March 11, 2016

This past Tuesday tenth ranked Westmont Women’s Tennis (3-4, 3-1 GSAC) fell to the Eagles of Concordia (4-6) by a score of 8-1.

In singles, the Eagles claimed all six matches. Playing at number one, Ivana Vlakic defeated Lauren Stratman in three sets 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; at number two Andrea Madrigal defeated Ines Costamagna 6-4, 6-0; at number three Luisa Sterkel conquered Isabel Lee 7-5, 6-3; at number four Samantha Schuster triumphed over Haley Strandness 6-1, 6-3; at number five Johanna Keeline defeated Zarina Huber 6-0, 6-0; and at number six Caitlyn Uzzi defeated Fernanda Rivera 6-3, 6-4.

In doubles, the Eagles claimed two of the three matches. Westmont’s Stratman and Lee earned the Warriors a point and remained undefeated at number one doubles (5-0) when they defeated Madrigal and Uzzi 8-5 . Playing at number two, Schuster and Keeline overcame Strandness and Costamagna 8-2, and at number three Vlakic and Kelsey Markle defeated Chloe Clement and Rivera 8-1.
Today’s match against Point Loma Nazarene was cancelled due to rain and will not be rescheduled.

Coming up, the Warriors will travel south next Wednesday to play the Cougars of Azusa Pacific (6-4) at 1:30 p.m.

Men’s Tennis Falls Twice

March 11th, 2016
Photo by Brad Elliott

By Kaci Mexico
March 11, 2016

This past week ninth ranked Westmont Men’s Tennis (4-4, 4-0 GSAC) was defeated in two non-conference matches. On Tuesday they fell to Division II Concordia (3-7) by a score of 4-5, and on Wednesday they fell to Division I UC Riverside (7-8) by a score of 2-5.

In the match against Concordia, the Warriors and the Eagles each won three singles matches. Playing at number one Carl Lindqvist defeated Till Guttenberger 6-3, 6-3; playing at number three Christian Mathis defeated Man Hon Ko 6-4, 6-2; and playing at number four Luke Whalen defeated Santiago Sanchez 6-3, 6-2.

At number two, Travis Kimsey fell to Filip Burnac in three sets 7-5, 6-7, 0-6, at number five Tommy Nightingale lost to Daniel Reddmann 6-2, 6-1, and at number six David Akin was defeated by Harsha Manjunath 6-2, 6-2.

It came down to doubles play with the Eagles winning two out of the three doubles matches. At number one, Lindqvist and Kimsey were defeated by Guttenbereger and Reddmann 8-6; at number two Mathis and Whalen defeated Hon Ko and Sanchez 8-6; and at number three Jordan Strandness and Akin fell to Burnac and Harsha 8-4.

Westmont Draws Huston-Tillotson in NAIA First Round

March 9th, 2016
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By Kaci Mexico
March 9, 2016

The official brackets have been announced and second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (28-3) will face the unranked Huston-Tillotson Rams (20-6) from Austin, Texas in the first round of the 2016 NAIA Division I National Championship Tournament. Westmont is the number one seed in their quadrant of the 32-team bracket, while Huston-Tillotson is the eighth seed.

The Warriors and Rams are scheduled to tip-off next Thursday, March 17, at 6:15 p.m. CDT (4:15 p.m. PDT), the second day of first round games. The tournament will take place at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Missouri.

These two teams have never met before and have no common opponents this season.

The Rams have four players who average in double-digit scoring. Junior guard Deandra Darjean leads the pack with an average of 16.9 points per game while shooting at 42.8 percent, senior guard Ariel Callis has an average of 15.2 points per game while shooting at 43.0 percent, senior guard Porscha Jewell puts up an average of 13.7 points per game while shooting at 41.3 percent, and sophomore guard Lolita Franklin has an average of 11.0 points per game while shooting at 33.7 percent.


Warriors to Dance with Tornadoes

March 9th, 2016
Championship Logo Version 12

Westmont Men’s Basketball (21-10), ranked at number 25 in the NAIA in the final coaches’ poll, has received an at-large invitation to the 79th annual Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in Kansas City, Missouri.

This is Westmont’s 18th trip to the national tournament where the Warriors have compiled a record of 20-17. Last season, Westmont reached the championship game by defeating then top-seeded Hope International in the semifinals by a score of 70-69.

Westmont is one of five teams from the Golden State Athletic Conference who will compete in the championship tournament. Third-ranked Biola, #8 Hope International, #16 Arizona Christian and William Jessup also punched their tickets to Kansas City.

The Warriors open first round play on Wednesday, March 16 against the #6 Talladega (Ala.) Tornadoes (24-5). Tip-off is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. CDT/8:45 a.m. PDT. Westmont and Talladega have never played before.