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Westmont Makes Coach Happy in Opener

November 5th, 2016
Stefan Inouye

Westmont head coach John Moore found plenty to be pleased about as #12 Westmont Men’s Basketball opened the season with an 88-45 win over Bethesda (4-3) on Friday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

“I really like the way we got everybody to play together and everybody to play hard together,” reflected the coach. “We had 11 people play 10 or more minutes in the game and 10 play 13 minutes or more.

Sean McDonnell led the team in scoring with 13 points while also collecting nine rebounds. Jerry Karczewski and Cory Blau each tallied 12 points with Karczewski making four of five from beyond the arc and Blau sinking both of his attempts from the same distance.

As a team, the Warriors posted a 50.9 field goal percentage (29 of 57) including a 54.2 three-point percentage (13 of 24). Defensively, Westmont limited the Flames to a 29.2 percent field goal percentage including just four of 22 three-point attempts (18.2 percent).

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November 4th, 2016
Mila Maricic and Jessica McCann

Westmont Volleyball, the top-ranked team in the NAIA, reached another milestone on Friday night. By sweeping The Master’s in Santa Clarita 25-23, 25-18, 25-20, the Warriors improved their record to 30-0, which is the best regular season mark by any Westmont team in history.

Tomorrow night, the Warriors have an opportunity to become the only Westmont team, in any sport, to go undefeated in the regular season. A win Saturday night in Fullerton against Hope International will make the Warriors 31-0 and likely give them the number one seed in the upcoming NAIA National Tournament.

In Friday’s match, right side hitter Cassidy Rea led the Warriors with nine kills while producing a .600 attack percentage. The freshman also contributed three block assists to help the Warriors to an 11-1 team blocking advantage over the Mustangs.

Outside hitter Taylor Beckman tallied eight kills for the Warriors and produced a solid .316 attack percentage. Defensively, Beckman contributed 18 serve receptions, four digs and two block assists to the Warrior cause.

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Nemeth’s Game Winner Advances Warriors

November 4th, 2016
Nemeth, after scoring the game-winner (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 4, 2016

In the first round of the Women’s Soccer Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament, Westmont’s Kira Nemeth scored the game winning goal 22 seconds into the second overtime period (100th minute) to advance the 11th ranked Warriors to the semifinals.

I am pleased with our ability to be relentless and tenacious in an overtime setting,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “On the day we showed a lot of heart, grit and stamina. We created significant opportunities within the match that didn’t come off as hoped, but finding the back of the net, at home, in double overtime is a good feeling. That feeling will carry into our next game as well.

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Warriors Thwarted by Bruins

November 3rd, 2016
Morgan Haskin (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 3, 2016

In their second competition of the season, second ranked Westmont Women’s Basketball (1-0) traveled to Los Angeles to take on the UCLA Bruins in an exhibition game. In this tough matchup, the Warriors fell to the Bruins by a score of 45-80.

UCLA went on a 12-3 run in the first 2 minutes and thirty seconds of the game and then a few minutes later, went on a 14-0 run to finish out the quarter (9-29).

The Warriors tried to harness some momentum and scored the first five points of the second quarter. Joy Krupa had two free-throws and Aimee Brakken put up a three-pointer.

Warriors Subdue Cougars in Season Opener

November 1st, 2016
Aysia Shellmire (photo by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 1, 2016

Second ranked Westmont Women’s basketball (1-0) launched their 2016-17 season with a 65-50 victory over their former Golden State Athletic Conference rival, the Division II Cougars of Azusa Pacific. For the Warriors, returning starters and NAIA All-Americans Aysia Shellmire and Lauren McCoy each had a double-double on the night – Shellmire with 17 points and 12 rebounds, and McCoy with 11 points and 13 rebounds.

Aimee Brakken and Cora Chan were also key offensive contributors putting up 15 and 11 points respectively.

Two minutes into the game, the Warriors were down 3-6 and embarked upon an 11-4 run to take a four point lead to end the first period (14-10). Brakken had a three-pointer and a jump shot, Morgan Haskin put up a layup, and McCoy added on two more layups.

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Honors for Men’s Soccer

November 1st, 2016

Westmont Men’s Soccer (10-4-2, 7-2-1 GSAC), which claimed a Golden State Athletic Conference Co-Championship last week, has received numerous postseason awards. Among the awards, senior defender Genaro Hurtado of Carpinteria has been named 2016 GSAC Co-Player of the Year.

Hurtado is joined on the 2016 All-GSAC Men’s Soccer Team by senior forward Austin Lack of Costa Mesa, senior forward Matt Lariviere of Camarillo and junior midfielder Augie Andrade of Ojai.

Receiving GSAC Coach of the Year honors for the fourth time in his career is Westmont’s Dave Wolf.

Hurtado anchors the Warrior defense from his center back position and has done so since his sophomore year. In the past three years, Hurtado has played in 46 games, starting in 45 of them. This season, Hurtado has logged 1127 minutes on the field in 14 games, leading a Warriors’ defense that allowed just 16 goals (1.07 per game).

“Even though he has terrific physical size, Genaro is a more elegant central defender in how he plays the position,” said Westmont head coach Dave Wolf. “One of the additives to his game this year has been his passing over distance. He has been very consistent. Genaro is a very good reader of the game and has good soccer intuition. He is more of a sophisticate in how he plays.

“Part of the job that Genaro has done this year is probably unseen,” continued Wolf. “With a large number of new players, there was a leadership piece, a management piece and a mentoring piece that was needed for this team. He has done a superb job spearheading that area of our team.”

GSAC Honors for Lillywhite, Berthoud, Adams, and Lemley

November 1st, 2016
Brooke Lillywhite (top left), Maddi Berthoud (top right), Grace Lemley (bottom left), Destinee Adams (photos by Brad Elliott)

By Kaci Mexico
November 1, 2016

Four players from the #11 Westmont Women’s Soccer team (14-2-2, 7-2-1 GSAC) have been named to the 2016 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer team; Brooke Lillywhite has been named the GSAC Player of the year, and Maddi Berthoud, the GSAC Newcomer of the year. Additionally, Sophie Fuller and Haley Parzonko earned GSAC Scholar-Athlete Honors.

The four Warriors named to the all-conference team are:

    ·  Freshman forward Maddi Berthoud of Rowley (Mass.)
    ·  Junior midfielder Destinee Adams of Huntington
    ·  Senior defender Grace Lemley of Mount Vernon (Wash.)
    ·  Senior midfielder Brooke Lillywhite of Huntington Beach

“‘One thing I believe to the fullest is if you think and achieve as a team, the individual accolades will take care of themselves’. I love this quote by Michael Jordan and I believe it to be true with the awards given,” explained head coach Chantel Cappuccilli.

More Players of the Week for Volleyball

November 1st, 2016
Taylor Beckman, Libby Dahlberg, Alexa Nestlerode

For the third time this season, #1 Westmont Volleyball (29-0, 14-0 GSAC) has swept the Golden State Athletic Conference weekly volleyball awards. The GSAC Defender of the Week Award was given to Taylor Beckman of Lake Oswego, Oregon and the GSAC Attacker of the Week Award went to Libby Dahlberg of Sacramento. Alexa Nestlerode of Thousand Oaks was named the GSAC Setter of the Week.

Beckman, a junior outside hitter who also plays the back row, tallied 38 serve receptions on the week in Westmont’s sweeps of #19 Biola (25-11, 25-20, 25-14) and Vanguard (25-19, 25-20, 25-13). She also produced 16 digs and put up five blocks – four of which came against Biola. In addition to her defensive contributions, Beckman produced 17 kills and a .372 attack percentage.

Dahlberg, a sophomore middle blocker, produced a .500 attack percentage while pounding down 17 kills. In 30 attempts, she had just two hitting errors. Dahlberg also posted nine total blocks – four block assists against Biola and four block assists against Vanguard against whom she also had a solo block.

Nestlerode, who shares setting duties with Amy Buffham in a 6-2 offensive scheme, recorded 41 assists including 22 against Biola. The senior setter also produced three aces serves and eight digs.