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Volleyball Opens Season with Twin Sweeps

August 18th, 2016
Alexa Nestlerode

With a freshly minted #16 preseason ranking, Westmont Volleyball opened the season a pair of wins at the Biola Summer Slam. The now 2-0 Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 sweep over #8 Eastern Oregon before clamming a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 win over Great Falls (Mont.).

Against Eastern Oregon (1-1), Taylor Beckman and Libby Dahlberg led the way, producing 12 and 11 kills respectively. Dahlberg added a solo block and three block assists to help shut down the Mountaineers, limiting Eastern Oregon to a .132 team attack percentage. Westmont tallied a .281 attack percentage.

In the first set, Westmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of kills from Emma Harrah (6 kills), Dahlberg and Samantha Neely (9 kills). The Mountaineers closed to within one point (7-6) on a Westmont error, but the Warriors took control of the game by scoring on nine of the next 12 serves.

The second set started out more closely contested. Leading 6-5, the Warriors reeled off a 10-1 run. Neely and Beckman each had three kills during that stretch with Jessica McCann (4 kills) and Dahlberg adding one each.

In the third set, Eastern Oregon held a 14-11 lead before a pair of kills by Neely, a service ace by libero Kami Troesh (24 digs) and a kill by Dahlberg gave Westmont a 15-14 advantage. A kill by the Mountaineers’ Makayla Lindberg tied the match.

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Warriors defeated by Late Gaucho Goal

August 14th, 2016
Kira Nemeth  (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
August 14, 2016

In the annual exhibition match between the Westmont Women’s soccer team and the Division I UCSB Gauchos, the game was scoreless for the first eighty minutes, until the Gauchos capitalized off of a free kick in the 81st minute – ultimately defeating the Warriors 1-0.

In the first half, the Warrior defense, led by seniors Grace Lemley and Sophie Fuller, effectively handled immense pressure– with USCB outshooting the Warriors 5-0.

Head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the defensive side of the game and said, “This is probably the best I have seen us defend as a unit in my time at Westmont, which is really encouraging.”

After a largely defensive first half, the Warriors began to create critical offensive opportunities in the second half. The Warriors’ best opportunity to score came in the 65th minute when junior Haley Parzonko won a tackle in the middle of the field and then quickly played the ball to freshman Maddi Berthoud at the top of the 18 yard box. Berthoud took a touch into the box, and ripped the ball just over the crossbar.

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Canitez, Nwaba to Compete in Rio

August 1st, 2016
Barbara Nwaba (left) and Tugce Canitez

With the 2016 Summer Olympics about to get under way in Rio de Janeiro later this week, Westmont fans will be paying special attention to women’s basketball and track and field and cheering on two particular athletes in their quest for an Olympic medal.

Tugce Canitez, who graduated from Westmont in 2013, will compete in the Olympics for the second time as a member of the Turkish women’s basketball team. Canitez competed at the London Games in 2012, the summer between her junior and senior years at Westmont. After her return from London to Westmont, Canitez helped lead the Warriors to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Since her graduation, Canitez has played professionally in her home country for Fenerbahce in Istanbul. A perineal contender in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, Fenerbahce won the 2016 championship.

Turkey has been assigned to Group A at 2016 Olympics along with France, Australia, Japan, Belarus and the home country, Brazil. Pool play begins on Saturday, August 6 and continues through Monday, August 15. The single elimination brackets begin on Tuesday, August 16 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 and the medal games will be played on Saturday, August 20.

Competing in the women’s heptathlon will be Barbara Nwaba, the two-time USA champion in the event. Nwaba is a member of the Santa Barbara Track Club that trains at Westmont and is coached by Joshua Priester, a Westmont assistant track and field coach.