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October 6, 2012
WOMEN'S SOCCER Vanguard 3, Arizona Christian 0 COSTA MESA - Senior Amanda Couch had a goal and an assist to lead the host Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game on Saturday. No. 11-ranked Vanguard amassed a 30-0 advantage in shots to improve to 8-2, 4-0 in conference. Kayla Arenas and Ashley McCutcheon added goals for the winners, for whom three goalies shared the shutout. VU has won four straight, all shutouts, and has outsocred foes, 30-5 this season.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 23, 2013
COSTA MESA - The Vanguard University baseball team saved its best for last Saturday, but that still wasn't enough to avert a sweep by visiting Arizona Christian in a Golden State Athletic Conference doubleheader. The Lions (14-19, 7-13 in conference), who came in hoping for at least a split to help their battle to climb back into the upper half of the seven-team conference standings, scored four runs on five hits in the ninth inning of an 8-5 opening-game loss. In Game 2, the hosts entered their seventh and final at-bat with just two hits, but strung together three singles to bring the potential tying run to the plate, before succumbing, 4-0. "We showed a lot of heart and we keep grinding and keep trying to get it done, so you have to applaud [the players]
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January 31, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team is off to a 5-0 start and second-year coach Rob Pegg said the Lions' willingness to play for each other is one big reason why. But the Lions' fifth victory, a 3-2 triumph over Arizona Christian in Vanguard's Golden State Athletic Conference opener on Friday, was due in large part to the visiting Firestorm's willingness to also play for the Lions. Arizona Christian (1-3 overall and in conference) committed three costly errors that led to three unearned runs to give Vanguard pitchers Eddie Rivera and Marshall McKinnon just enough to keep the Lions unbeaten.
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January 15, 2013
MEN'S BASKETBALL Westmont 64, Vanguard 47 COSTA MESA - The host Lions shot 26.5% from inside the three-point arc and 31.3% outside it in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Tuesday. Vanguard (12-6, 1-2 in conference) made just 14 of 50 field-goal attempts for the game (28%). Preston Wynne had 12 points and Chris Gorman had 10 for the Lions, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Westmont is now 15-3, 3-0. VU plays host to first-year GSAC entry Arizona Christian on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. * MEN'S TENNIS Nevada 6, UC Irvine 1 IRVINE - Freshman Reo Asami defeated Moez Echarqui, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4, at No. 2 singles to earn the host Anteaters' only point in the season opener on Tuesday.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 5, 2014
For the third time this season, the Vanguard University women's basketball team turned the Firestorm into fizzle. After having beaten Arizona Christian by 31 and 63 points, respectively, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Lions dispatched the visitors from Phoenix, 100-51, in the quarterfinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday at Vanguard. Vanguard showed complacency was not much of a concern by making 11 of its first 14 field-goal tries to seize a 28-6 advantage just 6:32 into the contest.
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October 12, 2012
Vanguard University senior Amanda Couch has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week in women's soccer. Couch had a goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-0 home conference win over Arizona Christian and added a goal in a 2-0 GSAC triumph over San Diego Christian on Oct. 3. Couch leads the No. 11-ranked Lions in assists (six) and is second in goals (six) and points (18). Vanguard is 9-2, 5-0 in conference and has posted shutouts in five straight wins.
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April 5, 2013
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Palomar COSTA MESA - Johannes Brink had a match-high 23 kills as the Pirates won the Pacific Coast Conference match, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21, on Friday night. Cody Martin added 12 kills for OCC (10-5, 6-3 in conference), and Austin Bagby had 10. Scott Enos had a team-high eight digs, and Brendan Duff dished out 45 assists. Nick Supple led Palomar (2-14, 1-8) with 10 kills. OCC plays at Grossmont on Wednesday. * MEN'S TENNIS Vanguard 9, Arizona Christian 0 COSTA MESA - Stefan Kilchhofer and Daymon Johnson each won in singles and combined to win at No. 1 doubles for the Lions in Friday's Golden State Athletic Conference match at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
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March 4, 2014
Nicole Ballestero, a returning first-team All-American who led Vanguard to the program's fourth undefeated regular season, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. Ballestero, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged a conference-best 22.2 points per game, which was third in the NAIA. She led the GSAC in free-throw percentage (83.5%) to help the Lions finish 25-0, 14-0 in conference. Russ Davis, in his 18th season at the Vanguard helm, was named GSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
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By Barry Faulkner | April 17, 2014
LA MIRADA — When asked if Wednesday's come-from-ahead Golden State Athletic Conference loss at Biola may haunt him for a while, Vanguard University baseball coach Rob Pegg said he didn't believe in ghosts. But the 6-5 setback to the sixth-place Eagles helped make a 5-2 lead and a chance to gain sole possession of third place with just five regular-season conference games remaining, vanish like an apparition in a ninth inning that proved to be frightfully unfortunate for the visitors.
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By Barry Faulkner | March 5, 2014
For the third time this season, the Vanguard University women's basketball team turned the Firestorm into fizzle. After having beaten Arizona Christian by 31 and 63 points, respectively, the No. 1-ranked and No. 1-seeded Lions dispatched the visitors from Phoenix, 100-51, in the quarterfinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday at Vanguard. Vanguard showed complacency was not much of a concern by making 11 of its first 14 field-goal tries to seize a 28-6 advantage just 6:32 into the contest.
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March 4, 2014
Nicole Ballestero, a returning first-team All-American who led Vanguard to the program's fourth undefeated regular season, has been named Golden State Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball. Ballestero, a 5-foot-8 guard, averaged a conference-best 22.2 points per game, which was third in the NAIA. She led the GSAC in free-throw percentage (83.5%) to help the Lions finish 25-0, 14-0 in conference. Russ Davis, in his 18th season at the Vanguard helm, was named GSAC Coach of the Year for the eighth time.
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March 1, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 82, San Diego Christian 59 Senior guard Taylor Belmont came close to producing a triple-double at home, finishing with 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, as the top-ranked Lions closed out the regular season perfect on Saturday. Vanguard improved to 25-0 overall and 14-0 in the Golden State Athletic Conference. The Lions finished undefeated in conference play for the fourth time under Coach Russ Davis. Vanguard's Nicole Ballestero had 22 points, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
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February 18, 2014
UC Irvine junior Zack La Cavera was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week in men's volleyball after leading the Anteaters to a pair of home wins over top-five opponents last week. The 6-foot-4 opposite recorded 17 kills, three digs, three blocks, and one ace in a five-game win over then-No. 5 USC. He pounded five kills in both the second and third set to put UCI in position to win the match. La Cavera had another 17-kill night against then-No. 3 Pepperdine, nine coming in the opening set. He hit .448 against the Waves, adding two aces, two digs and two blocks.
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February 13, 2014
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 104, Arizona Christian 41 Senior guard Taylor Belmont had a triple-double to lead the No. 1-ranked host Lions in the Golden State Athletic Conference game Thursday. Belmont had 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Lions improve to 21-0, 10-0 in conference. Belmont made 12 of 17 field-goal attempts, including three of four from three-point range. Nicole Ballestero (11), Samantha Doucette (11), Lauren Martin (11) and Ashley Land (10)
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February 1, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL Vanguard 72, Hope International 69 (OT) Preston Wynne scored 25 points to lead the No. 12-ranked Lions past No. 23 Hope in Golden State Athletic Conference action Saturday. Chris Gorman scored 16 points and DeAngelo Jons added 10 points for Vanguard (19-2, 6-0 in conference). Hope is 14-7, 2-4. Gorman scored all of the Lions points in overtime, as Vanguard outscored Hope, 7-4. He knocked down a three-pointer with 1:09 left and hit a jumper with 20 seconds left for a 72-69 lead.
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January 31, 2014
The Vanguard University baseball team is off to a 5-0 start and second-year coach Rob Pegg said the Lions' willingness to play for each other is one big reason why. But the Lions' fifth victory, a 3-2 triumph over Arizona Christian in Vanguard's Golden State Athletic Conference opener on Friday, was due in large part to the visiting Firestorm's willingness to also play for the Lions. Arizona Christian (1-3 overall and in conference) committed three costly errors that led to three unearned runs to give Vanguard pitchers Eddie Rivera and Marshall McKinnon just enough to keep the Lions unbeaten.
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April 5, 2013
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL Orange Coast def. Palomar COSTA MESA - Johannes Brink had a match-high 23 kills as the Pirates won the Pacific Coast Conference match, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21, on Friday night. Cody Martin added 12 kills for OCC (10-5, 6-3 in conference), and Austin Bagby had 10. Scott Enos had a team-high eight digs, and Brendan Duff dished out 45 assists. Nick Supple led Palomar (2-14, 1-8) with 10 kills. OCC plays at Grossmont on Wednesday. * MEN'S TENNIS Vanguard 9, Arizona Christian 0 COSTA MESA - Stefan Kilchhofer and Daymon Johnson each won in singles and combined to win at No. 1 doubles for the Lions in Friday's Golden State Athletic Conference match at Costa Mesa Tennis Center.
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