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Two Warriors Named to All-GSAC Team  

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 20th, 2014
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Included on the 2014 All-Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Volleyball team are Westmont seniors Madison Serrano and Heidi Thompson.

Senior captain Madison Serrano, who played in all 33 matches (118 games) this season, led the team with 331 total kills this year, which calculates out to an impressive 2.81 kills per game. She has earned a career total of 1,379 total kills and will rank amongst some of the top attackers to ever come through the Westmont volleyball program. As an outside hitter who plays all the way around, Serrano also earned 343 digs this season, along with 37 service aces.

Warriors Finish with a Win

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 15th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(FULLERTON, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team closed out their 2014 season with a quick win tonight against Hope International University (25-11, 25-7, 25-20).

“It was a real pleasure getting to coach such a talented group of girls. In my opinion, we were the best unranked team out there. We improved as the season progressed and practices stayed competitive through the very end,” said head coach Patti Cook.

While they had a bit of a rough start to their season, the women will finish with an 18-14 record, 9-7 in GSAC. There have been ups and downs, but this team has battled it out the entire way. Tonight’s dominant win was a complete showcase of their ability.

Their passers were getting the ball up, the setters were dishing out great sets and the hitters were putting it away time and time again. Offensively the women were led by Sydney Striff who had 10 kills, one error on 15 attempts. Right behind her was Jessica McCann with an errorless nine kills on eleven swings. Both of them posted season high hitting percentages this evening (.600 and .818 respectively).

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Conquered by Concordia

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 11th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(IRVINE, Calif.) In a high energy match, the Westmont women’s volleyball team took a game off of #3 Concordia tonight in Irvine. Despite the eventual loss (25-17, 12-25, 23-25, 23-25), the Warriors put up a fight against a nationally ranked team who has a history of beating down teams in three quick games.

When you are taking the court against a team like Concordia, everything comes down to one thing: defense. It is crucial that the front row puts up a strong, solid block and touches more ball than not. Tonight, the Warriors did just that. With a high block count, they were able to slow down the heavy hitting offense that was continually coming at them. In the second to last match of her collegiate career, senior Ciena Colburn lead the team with six block touches and was closely followed by pin hitter Sydney Striff who earned five.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, the Eagles have stand-out outside hitter Hannah Andrews who was a powerhouse on the pin tonight. With a grand total of 21 kills, Andrews could not be stopped. While the Warriors were getting a block up, they were unable to consistently dig the heavy hitter.

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Going Out With a Bang

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 9th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) To some, tonight is just another Saturday night. But to three seniors on the Westmont women’s volleyball team, it was the last time that they will ever compete in Murchison Gymnasium. With the stands full of friends and family cheering them on, the team went out with a bang and defeated The Masters in four games (25-14, 26-28, 25-22, 25-13).

“I was telling the girls after the game that it was a really great team effort. We didn’t play like individuals out there. We looked like a team and had great production from all areas of the court. I thought our seniors played with the same intensity that they have brought all season long. It was fun to see good games from each of them tonight, ‘” opened head coach Patti Cook.

After flowers were handed out, hugs were given and respect was paid to the seniors and their families, the Warriors took the court and never really looked back. There was a underlying motivation to not only get the seniors one final win in The Murch, but to compete well as a team in their last season home game together.

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Warriors Get Burned by Biola

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 5th, 2014
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By: Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Defense was the name of the game tonight as the Westmont women’s volleyball team took the court against #4 Biola University in Murchison gymnasium. While the effort was there, the Warriors were simply outmatched and unable to secure a victory over the Eagles (25-19, 27-25, 23-25, 25-18).

“Despite the loss, I was pleased with our effort on defense. Kami came up with some incredible digs, but she mainly was just steady. She had some digs that weren’t the highlight digs and it was with those that we were able to run transition plays. That is exactly what we needed from her tonight” opened head coach Patti Cook.

Troesh was the leader of the pack tonight, tallying 21 digs—which is almost exactly one-third of the warriors total dig count. She was not only a rock defense, but a consistent serve receive passer, which is one of the most overlooked yet crucial parts of the game. She was joined by Senior Madison Serrano who earned 18 digs and 12 kills throughout the four set match. “I thought that Maddi did a great job at digging as well. She as struggling in the front row a bit at first, but made up for it with her digs and serve receive,” said Cook.

Unfortunately for the Warriors, Biola has a very seasoned and experienced squad that continually performs at a high level. Even the best defensive efforts could not keep their attackers from putting the ball on the ground.

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Westmont Avoids a Halloween Scare

Submitted by: Christy Cain - November 1st, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Halloween is an evening marked by scaring people, and tonight the Westmont women’s volleyball team did not disappoint. In a three game match against William Jessup (1-20, 1-9 GSAC), it is safe to say that the Warriors gave everyone in the gym a bit of a fright before they finally buckled down and won the match (25-22, 25-20, 25-16).

“That was a very ugly match. We did not play up to our potential at all. I don’t think that anyone on the team would say that that was a good performance,” cringed head Coach Patti Cook.

Westmont, a team with a significantly better record than Jessup, struggled from the moment the match began; while it was apparent that their opponent showed up to play. “We were lazy and really did not want to work hard in order to win the game. William Jessup came out firing in the first game and showed us that we had to snap out of our lull and actually put some effort into this match,” explained Cook.

With a defense that was struggling, there were a couple of players who were able to make plays happen on offense, despite what they were given. Jessica McCann was one of the women who carried tonight’s team. The sophomore tallied eight kills and had a hand in three blocks. “I was pleased by Jessica’s performance. She has been playing great in practices and tonight she executed what she has been working on,” continued Cook.

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A Fight for Five

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 28th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team put on what could be considered their best team performances tonight, despite the five game loss to Cal State University San Marcos (19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15).

“I told the girls before the match that they better buckle down and be ready for battle because we are a very good team, but San Marcos is also a very good team. They did not disappoint,” exclaimed head coach Patti Cook.

Despite the loss, tonight’s match was the kind that most teams hope for in the middle of the season—one where everything seemed to click. It was not a match marked by individual performances, but a total and complete team effort.

“Our setters did a really nice job of setting consistent, hittable balls the entire match. Heidi’s defense was incredible and she came up with some big plays,” reflected Cook. Thompson and Nestlerode combined for 54 assists on the night. Just when it looked like a dug ball was too far out of reach, one of them would come sprinting through and get a great, playable set up to their pins. Hustle was the name of their game tonight.

It was because of the setter’s hustle plays and smart decisions that the offense was able to function at a high level. As a setter, you want to give the ball to the “hot hands” on the court. Tonight, outside hitters Taylor Beckman and Madison Serrano were on fire.

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A Sweep in San Diego

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 25th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(EL CAJON, Calif.) The Westmont women’s volleyball team added another victory to their now four-match winning streak this afternoon against San Diego Christian College (25-23, 25-21, 25-15).

It was a game held down by defense but propelled by offense. With the team tallying 11 blocks, 38 digs and 41 kills, it was a very well rounded match by everyone on the court.

Offensively, senior Madison Serrano led the charge with eight kills and zero errors on just 15 attempts, earning an impressive .533 hitting percentage. “Madison had another outstanding game to round out a successful road trip for her. Having no errors for the entire match is very impressive,” marveled head coach Patti Cook. In the last two matches, Serrano has earned a grand total of 25 kills to help lead the team to victory.

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Jessica McCann’s effort on the pin is not to be overlooked in today’s match. With seven kills, she was a force to be reckoned with. “Jessica was hammering balls and their defense had no answer to her nice high swings,” explained Cook.

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