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  • Monday, Nov. 30

    • Women's Soccer

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Cal Lutheran, 7 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 4

    • Women's Soccer
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Bethesda, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 5

    • Women's Soccer
    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Claremont, 2 pm

  • Tuesday, Dec. 8

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC hosts Vanguard, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Vanguard, 7:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 12

    • Women's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 5:30 pm
    • Men's Basketball
      • WC at Hope Int'l, 7:30 pm

  • Friday, Dec. 18

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts Pacific Union, 2:30 pm

  • Saturday, Dec. 19

    • Men's Basketball
      • WC hosts NW Indian, 7:30 pm

Loss May Cost Bye

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 15th, 2015
Samantha Neely (left) and Missy Fuerst put up a block.

Westmont Volleyball (20-7, 11-5 GSAC), ranked at number 12 in the NAIA National Coaches Poll, ended the regular season on a disappointing note Saturday night in Murchison Gymnasium. The Warriors fell to The Master’s in the final Golden State Athletic Conference match for both teams in four sets by scores of 18-25, 25-21, 25-51, 26-24.

The loss likely means a missed opportunity for the Warriors to receive a bye in the opening round of the NAIA National Tournament. The top 11 ranked teams receive a bye and with several teams ranked above the Warriors suffering losses in conference tournaments around the nation, the possibility of Westmont moving up at least one spot in the national poll seemed likely. The loss, however, has made that doubtful.

The Warriors looked to be in control in the opening frame, recording a .243 team attack percentage and holding the Mustangs to just .077. However, the Mustangs bolted out of the chute in the second set to post a 10-5 lead and grab momentum. The Warriors narrowed the Mustangs’ margin to 23-21, but kills by The Master’s Aubrey Pyburn and Emily Curtin ended the set and evened the match at one set apiece.

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Defense and Assists Give Warriors Desert Win

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 15th, 2015
Hayden Anderson

Playing just north of his home state of Arizona, the Warrior’s Hayden Anderson helped #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (3-2) gather a win in the desert.

“Hayden had a very nice game playing close to home,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “He only had eight points but really played very well.”

The senior from Phoenix helped guide the Warriors to an 82-70 victory over Benedictine-Mesa (Ariz.) (2-5) on Saturday night in the 2015 Men’s NAIA Desert Region Hydrocephalus Invitational.

Four Warriors tallied double-figures including sophomore Sean Harman (13 points), sophomore David Gunn (12 points), junior Cory Blau (11 points) and sophomore Jerry Karczewski (10 points).

“We did a better job defensively, holding them to 38 percent from the field,” noted Moore about the team’s performance.

Warriors Named GSAC Champions

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 14th, 2015
Photo by Matthew Cappuccilli

By Kaci Mexico
November 14, 2015

The #8 Westmont Women’s Soccer Team (14-3-2, 7-1-2) claimed the title of Golden State Athletic Conference Champions for the second year in a row when they defeated #13 Biola (14-3-3, 7-1-2) in a decisive win of 3-0.

“This is an overwhelming feeling just because of how hard they have worked all season,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “To see the fruit of their hard work tonight was beautiful and I think it was a testament to what kind of team this is and their ability to do something very difficult. Biola is not an easy team to play against so for us to be able to capitalize on our set pieces and finish our chances on their turf was incredible. I am very elated for the women and they should welcome the feeling of the victory tonight.”

The game was scoreless for the first 35 minutes, until sophomore Jackie Lopez scored back-to-back goals a minute and one half apart. Both goals came off of two masterful set pieces taken by senior Angela Brown.

“On both services, she (Brown) was more than precise,” explained Cappuccilli. “She dropped the ball exactly where it needed to be. She hit the first ball perfectly and it soared towards the top, back corner of the six yard box. Jackie timed her run, and shot near the upper left corner of the goal – a very difficult angle to score from. After the first goal our momentum defiantly shifted in a positive way.

“The second goal came off of a free kick from about 55 yards out. The ball was a perfect distribution in that she hit it so that it curved towards the back post. Again, Jackie was there with perfect timing to capitalize and make a beautiful finish.”

Turnovers Trip Up Warriors

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 14th, 2015
Sean Harman

Playing in the 2015 Men’s NAIA Desert Reign Hydrocephalus Invitational, #17 Westmont Men’s Basketball (2-2) suffered at 77-66 loss to the Fighting Saints of St. Francis (Ill.) (3-0) on Friday evening.

Cory Blau led the Warriors with 17 points while Sam Bentz added another 11.

“We didn’t shoot well from the free throw line – we were 13 for 23,” said Westmont head coach John Moore. “We came back and it looked like were going to be able to take the lead, but we had trouble making our free throws.

“St. Francis is a very good team who executed well. We couldn’t get defensive stops at crucial times. We also had 10 turnovers in the first half. We played well at times but we turned it over entirely too much.”

The Warriors continue invitational play when they take on Benedictine (Ariz.) tomorrow afternoon at four o’clock.

A Second Half Comeback

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 13th, 2015
Lauren McCoy

By Kaci Mexico
November 13, 2015

(LAS VEGAS) The undefeated #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (4-0) achieved another victory on their away game expedition when they overcame Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 76-56.

Within the first minute, the Warriors scored the initial five points of the game off of a shot by sophomore Lauren McCoy and a three-pointer by freshman Kayla Sato.

Lindenwood answered with two seven-point runs that were five minutes apart. The second of these, earned them a solid nine-point lead with only three and one half minutes left in the first half (20-29). This run consisted of two successful consecutive shots by Kindra Brown followed by a three-pointer by Rilea Huff.

Twenty seconds later, the Warriors responded to this deficit with an 11-point run. Senior Lauren Sende ignited their offensive flame with a two-point shot, assisted by senior Krissy Karr. Next, junior Aysia Shellmire added on a two-point shot of her own and Sende followed with another successful two-point shot. Then, Karr scored a three-pointer and Sende ended the run the way it began, with a two-point shot (31-29).

The half ended with both teams tied at 31-31.

Warriors Advance by Taming Lions

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 12th, 2015
Destinee Adams, game winning goal scorer. ( Photo by Ron Smith)

Kaci Mexico
November 12, 2015

The #8 Westmont Warriors (13-3-2, 7-1-2) earned their ticket to the Golden State Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament Championship game when they restrained the #10 Vanguard Lions (14-5-1, 7-2-1) with a first period overtime goal in today’s semifinal contest. The final score was 2-1.

The Warriors were quick to go to goal when they took three of their four first half shots within the first ten minutes of the game. This shooting streak came to an end and Vanguard responded with four shots in the subsequent 11 minutes.

“I think our presence in the first half wasn’t there,” reflected head coach Chantel Cappuccilli. “Stylistically Vanguard does a good job of making a mess of how we try to play and that is not easy to adapt to. I think that is a bit of what happened in the first half and today there was a challenge in adjusting to the game. We knew it was going to be like that but that still doesn’t mean that it was easy to adjust.”

In the first half, the Lions held the Warriors to a total of four shots – a low amount compared to their 9.7 first half shooting average.

With three minutes remaining in the first half, the Lions pounced on an opportunity to end the half on top. The first goal of the game began when Nicole Dunn found the foot of Maddison Farell with a pass towards the right side of the goal box. Farell received the ball in stride, took an advancing touch, and slipped it into the lower left corner of the goal.

In the second half, it took the Warriors 14 1/2 minutes to achieve the

Warriors Remain Undefeated

Submitted by: Kaci Mexico - November 11th, 2015
Krissy Karr (photo by Nathan Ngo)

By Kaci Mexico
November 10, 2015

The #5 Westmont Women’s Basketball team (3-0) remained undefeated after conquering Cal State Maritime 71-46 in their third consecutive win of the season.

Down by four with four minutes remaining in the first period, the Warriors harnessed momentum when they went on a seven point run – a run that established a lead that they maintained for the entirety of the game. The run began with a jump shot by the game’s leading scorer, junior Aimee Brakken. She had a game total of 19 points. Senior Krissy Karr and Freshman Kayla Sato each followed with a jump shot of their own and Karr also added on a three-pointer to give the Warriors a four-point lead (14-10).

Cal State Maritime had a notable run towards the end of the second period when they scored five points to bridge the gap and make it a three point game (24-27). This run consisted of a three-pointer by Joie Camalo followed by a jump shot by Kedina Monroe.

Bush, Crowe Honored as Preseason All-Americans

Submitted by: Ron Smith - November 10th, 2015
NAIA Preseason All-Americans Alex Bush (1B) and Ryan Crowe (C)

Seniors Alex Bush and Ryan Crowe have been named NAIA Preseason All-Americans as chosen by the NAIA Baseball Coaches Association (NAIA-BCA) All-America Committee. Westmont – ranked at #16 in the NAIA Preseason Poll released today – and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) are the only institutions to have multiple preseason selections.

“I am excited for Alex and Ryan to be recognized in this way,” said Westmont head coach Robert Ruiz. “As a program, we try to not get wrapped up in awards or personnel recognition. Those two guys would be the first to tell you that they care more about how good we can be collectively as a team – which is probably why they put themselves in a position to be recognized in the way that they did.”

Bush, who hails from Menifee, was named to the 17-man team as a first baseman. The second-year captain, who received NAIA All-American honorable mention recognition last year, was the 2015 NAIA Gold Glove winner at first base. He was also the Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year and a member of the All-GSAC team.

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