Lady Lions Featured in Multiple Articles for Big Wins

Lions_headSuccess on the road and at home, Vanguard University’s Lions dominate the court and the field.

The lady Lions volleyball, basketball and soccer teams received recognition locally and nationally for their victories. In a five set match with a final game of 15-10, No. 10 Lions volleyball defeated the No. 2 Concordia University Eagles giving the Eagles their first Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) loss in three years. Vanguard’s women’s basketball defeated UC Santa Barbara’s NCAA Division 1 team with a final score of 69-66. And VU’s women’s soccer beat Biola in the first round of the GSAC tournament 1-0.

“It’s a wall!” Teammates yelled after another block shut down the Concordia offense at the Nov. 5 Vanguard volleyball match. Vanguard ended the five-set match with 14 blocks to Concordia’s three. Scores were 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 21-25 and 15-10.  After defeating the No. 2 team in the nation, Vanguard volleyball Coach Eryn Leja said: “I am just so proud of this team… Watching our team’s heart come through tonight’s match was priceless.” To read the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) article, click here.

On the road, Vanguard’s women’s basketball competed against four different NCAA D1 teams and won the final game verses UC Santa Barbara 69-66. Senior Nicole Ballestero, an All-American and NAIA Player of the Year candidate, said: “I am proud of the way we competed these past four games and I am really excited for what this team is going to do this year.” To read the NAIA’s article, click here. To read the Daily Pilot’s write-up about Ballestero, click here.

Also on Nov. 5, Vanguard’s women’s soccer team defeated the Biola Eagles with a final score of 1-0. Defender, sophomore Ashley McCutcheon headed the ball into the goal off of a corner kick from Jennifer Martin. Junior Martin, senior Kayla Arenas and senior Jordan Davidson were all selected for the 2013 All-GSAC team. Davidson has also been selected as GSAC Co-Player of the Year. To read the Daily Pilot’s article, click here.

To learn more about Vanguard University’s athletics, visit the athletics website at

Lions’ Soccer Teams Win First Senior Games on New Field

IMG_4075On Oct. 30, Vanguard University’s men’s and women’s soccer teams beat the San Diego Christian Hawks for the first senior games on the new home field.

The green turf glistened in the sunshine as players hustled up and down the new field. A recent partnership between Vanguard University and a local soccer club resulted in the brand new field. Completed in October, the field hosted its first home games a couple of weeks before the senior games.

Defeating the Hawks with final scores of 2-1 for the men and 2-0 for the women, the Lions claimed their new turf. Winning on the new field was a great way for the seniors to finish their Vanguard soccer careers and for the other players to start this new chapter for Vanguard soccer.

Before each game, teams presented and honored their seniors. The men’s team’s four seniors are Andrew Sullivan, Bryan Ponce, Brandon Antonissen and Josh Banta. The women’s five seniors are Sarah Warner, Megan Hill, Paige Sikes, Jordan Davidson and Kayla Arenas.

To read more about the men’s game, click here, and for the women’s game, here.


Lady Lions Basketball Ranked No. 1 in the Country for NAIA Div. 1

doucetteuclaStarting the season on top, Vanguard University’s women’s basketball team is ranked No. 1 in the NAIA Div. 1 poll.

On Thursday, the Lions began pre-season with an exhibition game verses UCLA, an NCAA D1 school. The Lions battled the D1 team finishing the game with 57 points to the Bruins’ 66 points.

Continuing the pre-season games, the Lions will play Cal, Stanford and UC Santa Barbara. Cal and Stanford are in the top-10 of the country’s highest collegiate level.

To view the women’s basketball schedule, click here.

To read the write-up from Thursday’s game, click here.

Students Serve City by Participating in Annual Homeless Count

HomelessnessEarly in the morning on Oct. 17, Vanguard University students spread across Costa Mesa to count the number of homeless individuals for the annual homeless census.

Starting at Costa Mesa City Hall, Vanguard students and other adults from the community split into groups and dispersed into the city. Groups walked up and down the streets in their square mile sections recording the number of homeless individuals they found.

The combined counts from each section amounted to 109 individuals. With a margin of plus or minus five, this year’s count showed a slight decrease from previous years, which have hovered around 120 homeless people.

Since 2009, Vanguard University Sociology Professor Ed Clarke, Ph.D., has organized the annual homeless censuses. “We cover all the city. Every inch, I hope, is observed,” Dr. Clarke said in an Orange County Register article about the count.

To read the Orange County Register’s article about the count, click here.

Honor and Support Veterans at Vanguard’s Veterans Day Celebration

vet_day_invite13_v2Join Vanguard University for live music, hors d’oeuvres, camaraderie and an opportunity to honor veterans at the Veterans Day Celebration on Nov. 8.

Hosted in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor, the event starts at 11:30 a.m. and will end around 1 p.m. “The purpose of the event is to honor veterans from every generation,” Director of Veterans Affairs Brent Theobald said.

The event features keynote speaker Dr. Bill Peters, a Vietnam veteran and author of the book First Force Recon Company: Sunrise at Midnight. Dr. Peters will give “a message of hope to veterans to overcome the challenges they face and become all they were meant to be,” Theobald said.

Through his years of military service, Dr. Peters received many major awards and decorations including: The Silver Star, two Bronze Stars (both with the combat “V” for valor) and the Purple Heart. Dr. Peters served as a Force Recon Platoon Commander in Vietnam where he conducted 23 long-range patrols in enemy controlled territory.

Dr. Peters commitment to success has led to many other great achievements. In addition to his bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, Dr. Peters has a California Life-time Credential in education, a Masters of Divinity Degree and a Ph.D. in Psychology. He also volunteers as the president of ICAN, the International Children’s Aid Network, which he and his wife co-founded.

The event is open to the community. Individuals interested in attending should RSVP by Oct. 30 to Lindsay Bodwell at or by calling 714-966-5458.

To learn more about Vanguard’s Veterans Resource Center, click here.