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Westmont Runs Streak to an Even Dozen

September 9th, 2016
Sam Neely

Westmont Volleyball (12-0, 1-0 GSAC) opened the Golden State Athletic Conference with a sweep of William Jessup (3-4, 0-1). In so doing, the Warriors tied the best start in program history.

It was also the first time the Warriors took the court as the number three ranked team in the NAIA.

“I encouraged the team to have confidence instead of pride and to know the difference,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook regarding the newly minted ranking. “We should carry ourselves with a lot of confidence, but not let it slip over into pride. That is where people could take advantage of us.

“I tell the players not to worry about the ranking, but just keep playing our game. If anything, the ranking should just give us confidence and help us be more steady players. We don’t want to get caught up in rankings; we want to stay in the moment and keep playing our solid, steady game.”

Westmont dominated the first set, resulting in a 25-4 victory. Up 11-4, Westmont earned a side out on a kill by Cassidy Rea. Setter Amy Buffham then stepped to the service line and served for 13 straight points. During the run, Sam Neely produced three kills and Buffham recorded two aces.

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Warriors Remain Undefeated

September 7th, 2016
Grace Lemley (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 7, 2016

With a pair of goals in each half, #7 Westmont Women’s Soccer (5-0) downed the Division III University of Redlands Bulldogs (1-2) by a score of 4-0.

Coming off of the momentum from a 10-0 victory the previous Saturday the undefeated Warriors wasted no time in finding the back of the net when in the third minute senior Brooke Lillywhite hit a volley off of a corner kick by senior Grace Lemley.

The game was scoreless for the next 39 minutes until Lemley beat a Bulldog defender and fired off a perfectly placed shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

In the first half seniors were responsible for the goal scoring, and in the second half it was the freshmen that were responsible.

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Volleyball Ranked at Number Three in the NAIA

September 6th, 2016
Westmont Volleyball's number three ranking in the first NAIA 2016 regular season coaches' poll set  marks a program best.Photo by Brad Elliott.

Undefeated Westmont Volleyball (11-0) was named the number three team in today’s 2016 Tachikara-NAIA Volleyball Coaches’ Top-25 Poll. The ranking is the highest national ranking in program history for a regular season poll.

The highest previous regular season poll ranking was held by the 1993 squad that was listed at number four on September 20, 1993. The ’93 team, under the direction of head coach Cathy Rex, claimed the GSAC Championships with a record of 11-1.

At the NAIA National Tournament, the Warriors went 4-0 in poll play to advance to the single-elimination bracket. After defeating Graceland (Iowa) in the quarterfinals, Westmont fell to Hawaii-Hilo in the semifinals. However, the Warriors rallied to claimed third place in the NAIA National Tournament by defeating Henderson State (Ark.) in straight sets.

Middle blocker Kelly Barnes and outside hitter Anne Malmberg led the 1993 team and were named NAIA All-Americans.

Trio Sweeps GSAC Player of the Week Honors

September 5th, 2016
Upper (l-r): Libby Dahlberg, Amy Buffham. Lower: Kami Troesch

Westmont Volleyball’s successful start of the 2016 season has garnered a sweep of the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Week Awards. Sophomore middle blocker Libby Dahlberg, sophomore setter Amy Buffham and senior libero Kami Troesh registered the trifecta when they were named the GSAC Attacker of the Week, Setter of the Week and Defender of the Week respectively.

The 11-0 Warriors played in the Cal State San Marcos Tournament last Friday and Saturday and walked away with wins over three NCAA Division II opponents and one NAIA opponent. On Friday the Warriors defeated Sonoma State 3-2 (25-14, 22-25, 23-35, 25-18 and 15-13) and then triumphed over Fort Lewis (Colo.) 3-0 (25-23, 25-15, 25-20). On Saturday, Westmont claimed a 3-2 victory over Cal State San Marcos (17-25, 25-19, 25-23, 23-25, 15-8) before dispatching Johnson and Wales (Colo.) 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-8, 25-14).

Dahlberg tallied 42 kills over the four matches (2.47 per set) while posting a .295 attack percentage. She also produced 27 blocks (8 solo, 19 block assists) and 13 digs. On the season, Dahlberg – last year’s GSAC Freshman of the Year – is hitting .389 with 108 kills.

Surprise Awaited Smelley at the Nationball Classic

September 4th, 2016
Start of the 2016 Nationball Classic at Chase Palm Park.

Westmont Cross Country opened the 2016 season by hosting Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) on Saturday in the Nationball Classic at Santa Barbara’s Chase Palm Park. The annual event has become a tradition for both teams that includes not just a cross country race, but a friendly game of nationball (or dodge ball). This year, the event included a surprise for Westmont’s head coach Russell Smelley.

Before the race began, Smelley was unexpectedly greeted by nine members of the 1996 Westmont Men’s Cross Country team. They came to run in the race and to renew memories of comradery from 20 years ago.

The group included 1996 graduates Paul Ashby, Jim Drake, Todd Farrington and Philip Livingood and Matt Nealon; Matt Thomson from the class of 1997; and 1998 alumni Andy Morales, Matt Pelascini and Kevin Sturm.

“I had a great time at Westmont and had a great time in particular running cross country and track,” said Livingood about his motivation for organizing the event. “Some of my best friends to this day are the guys from the team. We’ve been to each other’s wedding and seen each other’s kids grow up. (The Nationball Classic) seemed liked a great opportunity to try and get everyone together. Westmont is a setting that fosters deep relationship that can last a lifetime.


Warriors Hunt Down Big Game Cats

September 3rd, 2016
Courtney CrosbyPhoto courtesy Hope International Sports Information

The Warriors remain unbeaten (11-0) after claiming a pair of wins on the second day of the Cal State San Marcos Volleyball Tournament. In both matches, the Warriors rallied after giving up the first set.

Westmont defeated tournament host San Marcos (2-1) in five sets to claim the first win of the day. After dropping the first set 25-17, Westmont stormed back to win the second set 25-19 and the third 25-23. The Cougars kept alive with a 25-21 win in the fourth set, sending the match to a decisive fifth set.

Down 4-3 in the final frame. Libby Dahlberg recorded back-to-back service aces, Mila Maricic pounded down a kill and San Marcos committed an attack error to put the Warriors up 7-4. The Cougars pulled within one (7-6) courtesy of a kill by Lauren Lee and a Warrior attack error. However, Jessica McCann connected on three attacks in a row to give the Warriors a 10-6 advantage.

Courtney Hulla of San Marcos made it 10-7 with a kill before the Warriors rattled off four straight points on another kill from McCann, a block by Maricic and Samantha Neely, a set error by the Cougars and kill from Amy Buffam.

A Warrior service error made it 14-8 before Taylor Beckman produced the final kill to give the Warriors a 15-8 win in set five.

McCann and Dahlberg tallied 12 kills each with Maricic and Beckman adding eight apiece. Kami Troesh collected 15 serve receptions and 23 digs while Alexa Nestlerode notched 24 assists.

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Men’s Soccer Falls to UC San Diego

September 3rd, 2016
Augie AndradePhoto by Brad Elliott)

Westmont Men’s Soccer (1-1) took an early lead against UC San Diego (2-0) at Triton Soccer Stadium, but couldn’t hold on to claim the victory.

In the 16th minute, Augie Andrade put the Warriors ahead when he fired a shot from near the end line on the right into the left side of the net for an unassisted goal. It was the first goal of the junior transfer’s Westmont career.

Westmont made the goal stand up for the next 20 minutes. However, the Triton’s Uly De la Cal scored the equalizer in the 36th minutes assisted by Malek Bashti. De la Cal’s goal was slotted low from the left-hand side into the right side of the net.

The stalemate ended in the 79th minute when Riley Harbour connected from outside the box into the lower left-hand corner. Harbour’s goal was assisted by Bashti and Sam Palano.

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Warriors Explode for Double Digits

September 3rd, 2016
Maddi Berthoud ( Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
September 3, 2016

In their first home game of the season, seventh ranked Westmont Women’s Soccer (4-0) put away ten goals to shut out the Soka Lions – the final score was 10-0.

This game is second in Westmont Women’s Soccer history for the most goals scored in a game (the only other time the Warriors have scored more goals in a game was in August of 2003 when Westmont defeated Dominican by a score of 13-0).

Six goals were scored in the first half – Brooke Lillywhite had two and Haley Parzonko, Destinee Adams, Maddie Berthoud, and Renee Gonsalves each had one.

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