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Calendar & Results

  • Friday, Sep. 2

    • Volleyball at San Marcos Tourm.
        WC vs. Sonoma State, 2 pm
        WC vs. Ft. Lewis, 4 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 3

    • Cross Country hosts Nationaball Classic, 8:30 a.m.
    • Volleyball at San Marcos Tourm.
        WC vs. CSU San Marcos, 12 pm
        WC vs. Johnson & Wales, 4 pm
    • W. Soccer hosts Soka, 4 pm
    • M. Soccer at UC San Diego, 5 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 7

    • W. Soccer at Redlands, 3 pm

  • Friday, Sep. 9

    • Volleyball at Wm. Jessup, 7 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 10

    • Cross Country at Biola Inv., 8:30 a.m.
    • W. Soccer hosts Embry-Riddle, 12 pm
    • Volleyball at Menlo, 2 pm
    • M. Soccer hosts UC Merced, 3 pm

  • Monday, Sep. 12

    • M. Soccer hosts Marymount, 3 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 14

    • W. Soccer hosts Bethesda, 3 pm

  • Friday, Sep. 16

    • Volleyball hosts Arizona Chri., 7 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 17

    • M. Soccer at Pt. Loma, 11:30 am
    • Volleyball hosts San Diego Chr., 2 pm
    • W. Soccer at Azusa Pacific, 7 pm

  • Tuesday, Sep. 20

    • M. Soccer at Hope Int'l, 1 pm
    • Volleyball at Vanguard, 7 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 21

    • W. Soccer at Hope Int'l, 12 pm

  • Saturday, Sep. 24

    • M. Soccer hosts San Diego Chr., 12 pm
    • Volleyball hosts Biola, 2 pm
    • W. Soccer hosts San Diego Chr., 2:30 pm

  • Tuesday, Sep. 27

    • W. Soccer at Vanguard, 4 pm

  • Wednesday, Sep. 28

    • M. Soccer at Vanguard, 4 pm

Volleyball Opens Season with Twin Sweeps

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 18th, 2016
Alexa Nestlerode

With a freshly minted #16 preseason ranking, Westmont Volleyball opened the season a pair of wins at the Biola Summer Slam. The now 2-0 Warriors posted a 25-21, 25-14, 25-19 sweep over #8 Eastern Oregon before clamming a 25-17, 25-17, 25-20 win over Great Falls (Mont.).

Against Eastern Oregon (1-1), Taylor Beckman and Libby Dahlberg led the way, producing 12 and 11 kills respectively. Dahlberg added a solo block and three block assists to help shut down the Mountaineers, limiting Eastern Oregon to a .132 team attack percentage. Westmont tallied a .281 attack percentage.

In the first set, Westmont jumped out to a 4-0 lead courtesy of kills from Emma Harrah (6 kills), Dahlberg and Samantha Neely (9 kills). The Mountaineers closed to within one point (7-6) on a Westmont error, but the Warriors took control of the game by scoring on nine of the next 12 serves.

The second set started out more closely contested. Leading 6-5, the Warriors reeled off a 10-1 run. Neely and Beckman each had three kills during that stretch with Jessica McCann (4 kills) and Dahlberg adding one each.

In the third set, Eastern Oregon held a 14-11 lead before a pair of kills by Neely, a service ace by libero Kami Troesh (24 digs) and a kill by Dahlberg gave Westmont a 15-14 advantage. A kill by the Mountaineers’ Makayla Lindberg tied the match.

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Warriors defeated by Late Gaucho Goal

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - August 14th, 2016
Kira Nemeth  (Photo by Kaci Mexico)

By Kaci Mexico
August 14, 2016

In the annual exhibition match between the Westmont Women’s soccer team and the Division I UCSB Gauchos, the game was scoreless for the first eighty minutes, until the Gauchos capitalized off of a free kick in the 81st minute – ultimately defeating the Warriors 1-0.

In the first half, the Warrior defense, led by seniors Grace Lemley and Sophie Fuller, effectively handled immense pressure– with USCB outshooting the Warriors 5-0.

Head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the defensive side of the game and said, “This is probably the best I have seen us defend as a unit in my time at Westmont, which is really encouraging.”

After a largely defensive first half, the Warriors began to create critical offensive opportunities in the second half. The Warriors’ best opportunity to score came in the 65th minute when junior Haley Parzonko won a tackle in the middle of the field and then quickly played the ball to freshman Maddi Berthoud at the top of the 18 yard box. Berthoud took a touch into the box, and ripped the ball just over the crossbar.

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Canitez, Nwaba to Compete in Rio

Submitted by: Ron Smith - August 1st, 2016
Barbara Nwaba (left) and Tugce Canitez

With the 2016 Summer Olympics about to get under way in Rio de Janeiro later this week, Westmont fans will be paying special attention to women’s basketball and track and field and cheering on two particular athletes in their quest for an Olympic medal.

Tugce Canitez, who graduated from Westmont in 2013, will compete in the Olympics for the second time as a member of the Turkish women’s basketball team. Canitez competed at the London Games in 2012, the summer between her junior and senior years at Westmont. After her return from London to Westmont, Canitez helped lead the Warriors to the 2013 NAIA Women’s Basketball National Championship.

Since her graduation, Canitez has played professionally in her home country for Fenerbahce in Istanbul. A perineal contender in the Turkish Women’s Basketball League, Fenerbahce won the 2016 championship.

Turkey has been assigned to Group A at 2016 Olympics along with France, Australia, Japan, Belarus and the home country, Brazil. Pool play begins on Saturday, August 6 and continues through Monday, August 15. The single elimination brackets begin on Tuesday, August 16 with the quarterfinals. The semifinals are scheduled for Thursday, August 18 and the medal games will be played on Saturday, August 20.

Competing in the women’s heptathlon will be Barbara Nwaba, the two-time USA champion in the event. Nwaba is a member of the Santa Barbara Track Club that trains at Westmont and is coached by Joshua Priester, a Westmont assistant track and field coach.

Warriors Hungry to Create Memorable Season

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - July 29th, 2016

By Kaci Mexico
July 28, 2016

Before the 2015 season began, the Westmont Women’s soccer team had undergone significant changes that included losing eight seniors, and a head coaching change.

However, by the end of the 2015 season the Warriors were no longer characterized by their perceived obstacles, but were known by their unwavering success on and off the field. On the field, the #7 Warriors (16-4-2) were both the Golden State Athletic Conference Regular season and Tournament Champions, and they made it to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament.

Additionally, two Warriors were honored as NAIA All-Americans and five were named to the All-GSAC Team. Off the field, four Warriors were named as 2015 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes, and most recently the team went on a Missions trip to Uganda with the Sports Outreach Institute.

With a year under her belt, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli reflected on the 2015 season and shared her thoughts about the upcoming 2016 season.

Warriors Form Professional Battery

Submitted by: Ron Smith - July 18th, 2016
Jarrett Costa (left) and Sam Sheehan, playing for the Arizona League Athletics.(Photo courtesy Kim Contreras)

For the first time in history, two former Warrior baseball players have become batterymates in a professional game. Last month, Sam Sheehan and Jarrett Costa were both drafted by the Oakland A’s in the 2016 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft. Both were assigned to the Athletics’ Arizona Rookie League team.

Last Friday, the two were on the field at the same time. Costa started the game behind the plate. With the A’s up 7-5 over the visiting Arizona League Rangers, Sheehan was called on to take the mound in the top of the eighth.

With Costa providing the target, Sheehan struck out the side in order in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, Sheehan did not fare as well in the ninth, giving up three runs before being removed from the game. The A’s would go on to win 9-8 and Sheehan was credited with a hold.

Costa has appeared in nine games and has posted a .333 batting average. His six hits in 18 at bats includes two doubles for a slugging percentage of .444. With five walks, Costa has an on base percentage of .520.

Sheehan has appeared in seven games for the A’s and has compiled an ERA of 2.70 in 10 innings of work. Opposing pitchers are batting .152 against him and have struck out 14 times against seven walks. Sheehan has an 0-0 record with one save.

Women’s Soccer Signs Stellar Eight

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - July 1st, 2016
Sarah Newton (top left), Brooke Porter (top right), Isabelle Esber (second row), Madeleine Berthoud (second row), Haley Johnson (third row), Kira Nemeth (third row), Avalon Albright (fourth row), and Katelyn Merrell (fourth row).

By Kaci Mexico
July 1, 2016

After graduating six seniors this past season, head coach Chantel Cappuccilli is proud to fill the Westmont Women’s Soccer roster with eight well-rounded and impressive incoming freshmen – Sarah Newton from Anchorage, Alaska, Kira Nemeth from San Clemente, Calif., Brooke Porter from San Bernardino, Calif., Avalon Albright from Edmonds, Wash., Katelyn Merrell from Tustin, Calif., Madeleine Berthoud from Rowley, Mass., Haley Johnson from Fullerton, Calif., and Isabelle Esber from Columbus, Ohio.

Cappuccilli reflected on the addition of this incoming class and said, “Our 2016 class adds a diverse flavor to our program – four Southern California players, four from out-of-state (Wash., Mass., Ohio, Alaska), two Valedictorian’s, two worship leaders, a number having experienced international missions trips, a Division Player of the Year, multiple 1st Team All-Conference selections, a multi-sport champion, and highly held GPAs and extracurriculars. In my time at Westmont I’ve come to see the quality of person Westmont attracts in its athletic and academic arenas. I believe the 2016 class falls perfectly under Westmont’s astute reputation and character qualities; it’s safe to say this group is something unique and will enhance the overall mission of the college and our women’s soccer program.”

Sarah Newton, a 5’6 midfielder/forward played club soccer for the Alaska Rush. Her team finished second in the Alaska State Cup, was President Cup Quarterfinalists, and was Champions of the Far North Invitational. Newton also played for the Alaska ODP team for three years.

Off the field, Newton was a member of the highest honor roll for four years, a member of the National Honors Society for three years, and Valedictorian of the Class of 2016 for Grace Christian School.

“Sarah possesses a sweet sense of determination and desire,” reflected Cappuccilli. “She is determined to enhance whatever setting she is a part of and desires to be fully fervent in that environment as well. Sarah’s character, drive and passion for the game will greatly impact our program and I wholly look forward to having her within our women’s team and the Westmont community.”

Kira Nemeth, a 5’3 midfielder/forward was a three year varsity starter for San Clemente high school. Her sophomore year she earned the scholar athlete award; her junior year she was named to the second-team All-South Coast League, was named a scholar athlete, and earned Most-Improved; and her senior year she was named to the first-team All-South Coast League, named a scholar athlete, was her team’s leading goal scorer with nine goals, and was a team captain.

Westmont Connections to USA Track and Field Trials

Submitted by: Ron Smith - June 30th, 2016
Barbara Nwaba, USA heptathlon champion, competing at Westmont where she trains.

With an opportunity to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro as a prize, the 2016 USA Track and Field Trials begin today in Oregon. Of local interest are several multi-event coaches and athletes with ties to Westmont.

The primary reason for these connections is Santa Barbara Track Club (SBTC) director and coach Josh Priester, who also serves as an assistant coach for Westmont Track and Field. In his role at Westmont, Priester coached Becky Collier to an NAIA Women’s Heptathlon national championship.

Under Preister’s leadership, the SBTC, which trains year round at the Westmont Track, has qualified four athletes for the USA Trials – one in the men’s decathlon and three in the women’s heptathlon.

Heading the list of SBTC athletes is Barbara Nwaba, the 2015 USA Champion in the women’s heptathlon. Nwaba leads the list of qualifiers with a mark of 6,500 points. Also competing in the heptathlon from the SBTC are Lindsay Lettow, the 10th qualifier at 6,023 points and Lindsay Schwarz, the 13th qualifier at 5,998 points.

Women’s Basketball Inks Talented Trio

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - June 30th, 2016
Krupa (top left), Ranger (top right), and Sears (bottom left).

By Kaci Mexico
June 30, 2016

Head Coach Kirsten Moore is pleased to announce the signing of three talented student-athletes, Ellie Sears from Portland, Ore., Maud Ranger from Anaheim, Calif., and Joy Krupa from Montclair, Calif.

Moore reflected on the signing of the 2016 recruiting class and said, “Anyone who has been around me on the basketball court knows that I am passionate about being a gritty, yet intelligent basketball team. As a top-tier academic institution, here at Westmont we can recruit highly intelligent student-athletes and this class brings not only smarts in the classroom but also a strong basketball IQ. This group will bring the toughness and grit on the defensive end of the floor that I believe is imperative to winning championships. Having been to two NAIA Fab Fours and winning a National Championship in the last four seasons, our program has continued to catch the eye of talented athletes looking to join a successful team and I am thrilled to add Ellie, Maud and Joy to our Warrior family.”

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