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By Barry Faulkner | January 28, 2014
Even if the result wasn't that big of a surprise, the cushion by which host Vanguard University defeated Golden State Athletic Conference men's basketball powerhouse Concordia was enough to leave the Lions and their fans giddy. Vanguard, which defeated the Eagles last season at home for the first time in five seasons, dropped a 94-79 thumping on the program that had won six of the last eight GSAC regular-season titles. The Eagles (16-5, 3-2 in conference) also came in ranked No. 8 in the NAIA, four spots ahead of the Lions.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 22, 2014
SANTA BARBARA - The unbeaten streak and the confidence grew, while the checklist of potential stumbling blocks was significantly diminished for the No. 1-ranked Vanguard University women's basketball team Tuesday night. In a hostile Westmont gym in which they had lost two straight against the two-time defending Golden State Athletic Conference champion that claimed its first NAIA crown last season, the Lions pulled away for a 77-71 triumph that solidifies the Costa Mesa school's status as national championship contender.
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By Barry Faulkner | January 3, 2014
LA MIRADA - With what most believe is the best player in the NAIA and the top-ranked team in the nation surrounding him in every timeout huddle, Vanguard University Coach Russ Davis sometimes has to feign concern. Indeed, the Lions are trouncing opponents by an average of nearly 34 points per game and no one has gotten closer than 15, despite a string of minor injuries and performance lulls that have allowed him to start only three players in all 10 games. So there Davis was early in his team's Biola Winter Classic opener against Viterbo University of Wisconsin, mumbling misgivings to his assistants and triggering three timeouts in the first 10 minutes, at one point asking his squad, rhetorically "Can we play basketball?"
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By Barry Faulkner | December 12, 2013
"There's a symphony inside you, there's a thousand things for you to do. " - James Taylor - Nicole Ballestero plays basketball with an orchestral range that makes coaches, teammates and spectators hum approvingly along. But somewhere in the bleachers, her father, Carlos, is savoring every swish and shoe squeak of this specific full-court symphony with even greater toe-tapping delight. "If he had a choice, I think my Dad would have had a family band," Ballestero said.
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December 5, 2013
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL Spring Hill def. Vanguard SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Charlotte Heerlyn had a team-best 18 kills and hit .390, but the Lions dropped a 20-25, 27-25, 22-25, 25-12, 15-13 decision in the second of three pool-play matches at the NAIA Tournament on Wednesday. Vanguard, 0-2 in pool play to go to 22-8 for the season, completes pool play on Thursday against Northwestern of Iowa (35-3) at 6 p.m. PST. Kelly Heenan, a Newport Harbor High product, had 32 kills for the Lions, who hit .125 as a team, 75 points worse than the opponents from Alabama.
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By Barry Faulkner | November 23, 2013
Though Liliana Ruiz had some trouble remembering the precise mechanics of her game-winning penalty kick Saturday, at least the Vanguard University sophomore didn't forget to breathe in the first round of the NAIA women's soccer championship against visiting Columbia College. Ruiz, who said she has a hard time with relaxation in pressure situations, calmed herself enough to bury her penalty kick, the sixth attempt of the post-match shootout for the Lions, to propel the hosts to the second round of the tournament that runs Dec. 2-7 in Orange Beach, Ala. The No. 6-seeded Lions (15-4-1)
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