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  • Wednesday, Oct. 29

    • Men's Soccer
      • WC 3 W. Jessup 1

  • Friday, Oct. 31

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts W. Jessup, 7 pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 2

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at UCLA
        Exhibition, 2 pm

  • Tuesday, Nov. 4

    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts Biola, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Nov. 5

    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. First Round
        Opponent and Location TBA
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts News Release
        Exhibition, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 7

    • Women's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Semifinals
        WC hosts TBA, 2:00 p.m.
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Corban, 3:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Bethesda, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 8

    • Cross Country
      • GSAC Championships
        Santa Clarita,. 9 am
    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Semifinals
        Opponent and Location TBA
        If victorious 11/5
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Warner Pacific, 5:30 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC hosts The Master's, 7 pm

  • Sunday, Nov. 9

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Oregon
        Exhibition, 2 pm

  • Monday, Nov. 10

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Northwest Chr., 5:30 pm

  • Tuesday, Nov. 11

    • Volleyball
      • WC at Concordia, 7 pm

  • Friday, Nov. 14

    • Women's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Finals
        WC hosts TBA, 2:00 p.m.
        If victorious 11/7
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Lewis-Clark State, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Cal Poly Pomona, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Nov. 15

    • Men's Soccer
      • GSAC Tourn. Finals
        Opponent and Location TBA
        If victorious 11/8
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC vs. San Bernardino
        At Cal Poly Pomona, 5 pm
    • Volleyball
      • WC at Hope Intern'l, 7 pm

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.

A Road Trip Victory

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 23rd, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) It was quick night in Phoenix as the Warriors had a much needed three game sweep against Arizona Christian University (25-22, 25-18, 25-18).

The last four matches that Westmont has played have all gone to five games. But tonight, there was a certain feeling of determination as the Warriors stepped onto the court. Enough with the long, exhausting five game sets. They had made the trek down to Arizona and tonight they were going to win in three. Their performance on the court reflected their determination. It was evident that the team was on a mission.

“It was a fun game to watch. I wasn’t sure how we would play after leaving Santa Barbara at five o’clock this morning and having an eight hour drive. But the girls came out fired up,” assessed head coach Patti Cook.

From the beginning of the match, Westmont’s setters were spreading out their offense to hitters who were consistently putting the ball on the ground. Setters Heidi Thompson and Alexa Nestlerode continue to split court time every match and tonight they happened to finish with the exact same stats. In an excellent tag-team performance, each one of them accounted for 21 assists and three digs.

After being held back from a recent injury for the last couple of games, senior Madison Serrano took the court by storm tonight in a truly “captain-like” way. The Arizona native tallied 17 kills, seven digs and two blocks to help lead her team to a victory in her home state.

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Westmont Wins in Five

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 17th, 2014
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By Christy Cain

(SANTA CLARITA, Calif.) After being down two sets to none against Embry-Riddle (Fla.), the Westmont women’s volleyball team was able to rally back and win the match in five sets (21-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-20, 15-10) tonight as they participated in a mid-season volleyball tournament at The Masters College.

The match was evenly played the entire way through. If you look at the stats, Westmont tallied 165 attack attempts to Embry-Riddle’s 163, each team had five service errors and each team had 11 blocks. Statistically, they lined up well.

The key to this match came in the execution.

Westmont was getting more opportunities to put the ball away. With a 77 digs to Embry Riddles 59, the Warriors were able to get good balls up to their setters, who then could run an equal and balanced offense. The team found a rhythm early on and just kept chipping away until they solidified their win.

“We were down two sets and we knew that we had to kick it up a notch. Thankfully we did just that. Tonight was a great mental win for us,” exclaimed head coach Patti Cook.

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Mind Over Matter

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 14th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) The Warriors went head-to-head with the La Sierra Golden Eagles tonight down in Riverside, Calif. in a showdown that was just about as close as any volleyball match can get. This was their third five-game match in a row- the first that they have won. Tonight they broke the losing streak and defeated La Sierra 25-27, 25-19, 25-23, 32-34, 15-10.

Each set of the match was literally played point-for=point. The Warriors came out looking steady and confident in the first set, but with not as much energy as they normally bring to the court. The team hit a .211 percentage but was not able to close out the game, losing by a mere two points.

Set number two was a completely different story. Westmont came out with a fire in their bellies that sparked the enthusiasm they needed to gain the lead and never let go. This is a team that is highly influenced by their emotions and thankfully the passion that was lacking in set one was evident in the second as they put ball after ball away. With Senior Madison Serrano on the bench with a wrist injury, Jessica McCann took the court and dominated the entire match with a season high of 19 kills. “Jess came through in a big way for us tonight. She played steady and aggressive the entire time,” commented head coach Cook.

Game three was another nail biter as the Warriors were able to keep their momentum and close out the set by just two points at the end. But game four takes the cake on being the most stressful set of the evening. The teams went back and forth with match points ten times before a La Sierra outside hitter put the ball on the ground and was able to keep their hope alive with a 34-32 win to send them into a fifth and final set of the night.

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Lions Hold off Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - October 12th, 2014
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For the second time in a week, Westmont Volleyball (11-11, 4-5 GSAC) came close to knocking off a top-25 team. The Warriors held a two-set-to-one lead before falling to #17 Vanguard (18-7, 7-3) in five sets (25-19, 16-25, 16-25, 25-23, 15-13) on Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium.

“I thought the team played hard and with a lot of heart and executed the game plan very well,” said Westmont head coach Patti Cook. “There were just a couple of plays here and there that went Vanguard’s way.

The Warriors led the match in several statistical categories including total points (105 to 97), total kills (67-54), hitting percentage (.231 to .195), blocks (14 to seven) and service aces (six to two). But it was not enough to pull off the upset.

“We played very well against them and hung tight,” said Cook. “We hit better than them but their defense was frustrating our offense. They have good defense on hard-driven balls. Once we started getting the ugly kills in the second set, things started going our way.”

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A Battle at Biola

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 7th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(LA MIRADA, Calif.) Tonight’s five game volleyball match in La Mirada, Calif. seemingly had “upset” written all over it as the unranked Westmont Warriors took on #5 Biola University. The Eagles came out strong and then quickly self-destructed throughout the sets, giving the Warriors an opportunity to capitalize on their opponents errors. Unfortunately for Westmont, Biola was able to rally back in the end and win the match 3-2 (25-13, 16-25, 23-25, 25-20, 15-8).

The outstanding Eagles lineup came out firing on all cylinders as the match began, tallying 18 kills to the Warriors’ eight. Their junior outside hitter Joclyn Kirton was a powerhouse on the pin who raked in seven of her 15 kills in the first set of the match.

Westmont simply did not have an answer to their offense and it looked like it was going to be a quick match.

That was until the Warriors kicked it into overdrive in the second set, where they went on a 10-0 run that left the Eagles shell shocked and unable to gain their composure, even after using their two timeouts. The run was made up of three aces from Madison Serrano, two kills by Westmont and five errors from Biola. This streak breathed life back into the Warrior women, giving them the energy and drive that they needed to close out the second set 25-16.

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Short and Sweet

Submitted by: Christy Cain - October 4th, 2014

By Christy Cain

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) Sixty-four minutes was all it took for the Westmont women’s volleyball team to take down Hope International in a three game sweep tonight in Murchison Gymnasium (25-14, 25-13, 25-15).

The fastest match of the season can by highly attributed to the stellar defensive performance that the Warriors put on tonight. This match was seemingly a complete 180 degree turn from the defensive struggle that unfolded last Tuesday in Westmont’s loss against The Masters. “I am feeling really good about this win. We worked our tails off in practice this week on our defense. We focused on all defensive work and intentionally made them better. That Masters game pointed out that we can be undisciplined, move quite a bit on defense and not be in the right places, so we worked on all aspects of moving and defending. It was great to see our hard work pay off on the court tonight” said Cook.

In volleyball, a good defense starts with the serve and with five aces on the match, the Warriors were able to catch Hope off guard and maintain some strong serving streaks. The longest run came from Freshman Taylor Beckman who went on a 12 point serving rampage that widened the point margin so much that the Royals were never quite able to rally back and recover. Beckman tallied three of the team’s five aces and was a force to be reckoned with at the service line. When asked about the freshman’s performance, Cook said, “I spoke about her to the team after the game and pointed out how awesome she did. She has a tendency to rush her serve and tonight it was evident that she was taking her time to fully set up every single serve.”

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