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Warriors Finish Second – Twice

October 16th, 2016
Michael Oldach

In its final meet before the Golden State Athletic Conference Championships, Westmont Men’s and Women’s Cross Country both claimed a second place finish at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational. The meet featured mostly NCAA Division II and Division III teams.

The 14th ranked women’s team scored 80 points to finish second among 13 teams. The Broncos of Cal Poly Pomona scored 56 to finish first. Senior Emily Williams was Westmont’s top finisher, claiming seventh place with a time of 22:35 in the 6,000 meter race.

Senior Olivia Wood completed the race in a time of 22:45 to finish 10th while freshman Maia Halvorson took 17th in a time of 23:02. Senior Terri Baker notched 22nd place with a time of 23:24 and senior Kayla Darnbrough ran a time of 23:27 to close out the Warriors’ scoring in 24th place.

The top-five Westmont women finished within 52 seconds of each other.

Westmont’s men took their NAIA number nine ranking into the race and scored 64 points to claim second place among 12 teams. Host Pomona-Pitzer won the competition with 19 points.

Volleyball Streak Reaches 25

October 15th, 2016
Sam Neely

Westmont Volleyball, ranked at number two, reached the milestone of 25 straight wins with a 3-0 victory over Menlo (25-10, 25-15, 25-19). The Warriors improved to 10-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference standings while the Oaks fell to 11-13 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Westmont, which remains the only undefeated team in the NAIA, is three wins away from tying the program record for most wins in the regular season. The 1992 team, which was coached by Cathy Rex and featured Kelly Barnes, Cassandra Londo, Anne Malmberg and Jennifer Marzahl, went 28-4 in regular season play.

The 2016 Warriors have now tied the 1988 squad for the second most regular season wins. Lisa Cvach led that team to a 25-5 regular season record behind Joanna Rathburn, Felicia Chalmers, Susie Odell and Brenda Trejos.

In today’s victory, Westmont recorded a .309 attack percentage while holding the Oaks to .086. Libby Dahlberg and Samantha Neely each notched 10 kills while posted hitting percentages of .556 and .529 respectively. Over the last two matches, Dahlberg has tallied 26 kills in 40 attempts for a hitting percentage of .600 and 3.71 kills per set.

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Warriors, Royals Leave It All Knotted Up

October 15th, 2016
Augie Andrade

A pair of penalty kicks, one by each team, accounted for all the scoring on Saturday afternoon at Russ Carr Field as Westmont (7-4-1, 4-2-1 GSAC) and #17 Hope International (10-0-4, 4-0-2) settled for a 1-1 double overtime tie in a Golden State Athletic Conference game.

As a result of the stalemate, Hope International dropped into second place in the GSAC standings, two points behind front runner Menlo (11-2-1, 5-0-1). The Warriors are in third place, one point behind the Royals.

Hope’s PK came in the 28th minute after Juan Gutierrez was fouled at the top of the 18-yard box. Thales Serra took the penalty kick and buried the ball in the net.

In the 62nd minute, Mason Garell passed the ball from the left flank to Matt Lariviere who was positioned two yards inside the 18-yard box. Lariviere was immediately taken down and the Warriors were awarded a penalty kick. Augie Andrade stepped up for the shot and quickly scored the equalizer.

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Lopez’s Early Goal Sparks Warriors

October 15th, 2016
Jackie Lopez (Photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 15, 2016

In today’s Women’s Soccer Golden State Athletic Conference matchup, Jackie Lopez scored in the first thirty seconds to propel the eleventh ranked Warriors (12-2-1, 5-2 GSAC) to a 3-0 victory over the Hope International Royals (6-4-2, 1-3-1 GSAC).

I am very proud of our opening seconds of the match,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “In order to build up to the first goal, we played with a lot of urgency. We got going with forward movement, we were able to connect passes, and we didn’t give anything away leading up to the goal.

The goal that Jackie scored was her first touch of the game which was phenomenal,” continued Cappuccilli. “She used the outside of the foot and just hit it to the far post and crushed it. Scoring early always feels good and gave us momentum as we moved through the match.”


Warriors Win Despite More Melancholy Mood

October 14th, 2016
Jessica McCann

Despite improving its record to 24-0 (9-0 in conference) with a 3-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over William Jessup (9-12, 2-7 GSAC), Westmont Volleyball head coach Patti Cook was singing the blues about the play of her team.

“We did not play up to our potential,” noted the undefeated coach. “I thought we were a little lackadaisical. It showed pretty early in the match and William Jessup definitely took advantage of that. They are a well-coached team, they have a lot of fire and they are pretty scrappy. I felt like we didn’t come prepared to play our best.”

After taking the first two sets by identical comfortable margins of 25-16, the Warriors’ had trouble harmonizing in the third set and lost 25-23. It was the first time this season that Westmont has lost a set in Golden State Athletic Conference play.

“We just didn’t play our game,” lamented Cook. “We were playing a little timid and we can’t get into that. Once we were playing timid, our passing started to fall apart. Our hitters were doing a nice job of tipping early on, then William Jessup adjusted to it and rather than getting back to being very aggressive with high swings, we stayed kind of timid. It isn’t our game. It’s not how we like to play. William Jessup did a nice job of trying to force us into that and we didn’t answer back until the fourth set.”

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Baseball to Host Alumni Weekend

October 12th, 2016
Russ Carr Field

Westmont Baseball will host an Alumni Weekend on November 11 and 12 that will involve a golf tournament and an alumni baseball game.

“After coming off of a banner year where we saw the program break the single season wins record for the third straight season, capture a regular season GSAC Championship and host the Opening Round of the NAIA National Tournament, we are excited to welcome a new group of Warriors looking to build on that success,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz.

“As we continue to build upon the foundation of success both on and off the field that many alumni have played a role in, we are eager to find ways to bring these generations of past and present players together.”

Repeat Sweep of GSAC Awards, Troesh Honored Nationally

October 11th, 2016

Senior Kami Troesh has been named the NAIA and GSAC Volleyball Defender of the Week and for the second time this season, Westmont has swept the Golden State Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week awards. Senior outside hitter Jessica McCann of Lemoore was named GSAC Attacker of the Week and senior Alexa Nestlerode of Saugus picked up the GSAC Setter of the Week honors to complete the hat trick.

The Warriors, who are second ranked in the NAIA and possess a record of 23-0, played five matches last week. On Tuesday, Westmont swept The Master’s to complete the first round of GSAC play with a conference mark of 8-0. A four-match road trip to Iowa accounted for the rest of last week’s schedule. While in the Hawkeye State, the Warriors picked up wins against the College of Saint Mary (Neb.), #11 Dordt (Iowa), Concordia (Neb.) and Northwestern (Iowa).

McCann recorded 49 kills over the five matches and posted an attack percentage of .248. Against Saint Mary, McCann tallied a 13 kills and made just one attack error in 22 attempts, producing an attack percentage of .545.

Warriors Find Success on the Road

October 10th, 2016
Avalon Albright (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
October 10, 2016

Fourth ranked Westmont women’s soccer finished up their road trip with a 4-1 Golden State Athletic Conference victory over San Diego Christian (6-7-1, 1-4-1 GSAC) earlier this afternoon. With this win, the Warriors improve to a record of 11-2-1 overall, and 4-2 in GSAC play.

“After loads of travel, the team did well to finish the trip with a win and four goals on the day,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Eight goals and two wins over the course of the weekend have pointed us in the right direction moving forward.”

The majority of the scoring took place in the first half with the Warriors scoring three goals in the first 25 minutes of the game.