Nov. 3, 2011
M. Cross Country Runner of the Month Miles Batty | W. Cross Country Runner of the Month Tara Erdmann
Volleyball Player of the Month Kim Hill |
W. Tennis Player of the Month Khunpak Issara
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. --The West Coast Conference is pleased to recognize its October Players of the Month.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
MILES BATTY, SR., BYU
Miles Batty is the WCC Men's Cross Country Runner of the Month for October. Batty won the individual title at the 2011 WCC Cross Country Championships on October 29 at the Crystal Springs Course in Belmont, Calif. His time of 23:49 in the 8K shattered the old course record, formerly held by Portland's Alfred Kipchumba - who ran a 24:20 in 2009. The Cougars edged the University of Portland, 25 to 32, to capture the 2011 WCC Men's Championship. Batty also finished seventh overall at the Wisconsin Invitational with a time of 23:36 on October 14. BYU finished second behind second-ranked Wisconsin.
Also nominated: Trevor Dunbar, POR; Tyre Johnson, LMU
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
TARA ERDMANN, RSR., LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Loyola Marymount redshirt senior Tara Erdmann is the WCC Women's Cross Country Runner of the Month for October. Erdmann became the first ever three-time WCC individual champion when she won the individual title on Saturday, October 29 at the Crystal Springs Course. She broke her own course record (20:21, set in 2010) with a time of 20:01. Earlier in the month, Erdmann finished third overall at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terra Haute, Indiana with a time of 20:41.
Also nominated: Marit Tegelaar, POR
MAC MCCLUNG, JR., SAINT MARY'S
Saint Mary's junior Mac McClung is the WCC Men's Golf Player of the Month for October. McClung played in three events during the month. Six of his last seven rounds were under par. McClung won the prestigious Firestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio. It was his first career tournament victory. He beat a field of 90 after shooting rounds of 71-66-68 for an 11-under 205. In the process, McClung led his team to its second victory of the season. McClung finished fourth at the Cabo Intercollegiate in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico on October 29. He shot 70-72-68 for a 3-under par 210. McClung registered a 71.1 stroke average for the month October, including a 69.2 stroke average in his last two events.
Also nominated: Alex Ching, USD; Johnny Mac Arthur, PEP; Tyler Torano, LMU
GRACE NA, SO., PEPPERDINE
Grace Na won the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown in October and tied an NCAA record in the process. She shot a 9-under 63 in the first round, becoming only the fourth Division I player to ever post a single-round score of 9-under. Her round consisted of nine birdies, nine pars and zero bogeys. Na handled difficult conditions the next two days to finish with a career-best 7-under 209 and win the tournament by two strokes. Over the month's four rounds Na averaged 70.50 strokes. She moved up to #28 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin index.
Also nominated: Taylor Camany, SCU; Caitlin McCleary, SEA
BRENDAN ROSLUND, JR., GK, SAN FRANCISCO
San Francisco junior goalkeeper Brendan Roslund is the West Coast Conference Men's Soccer October Player of the Month. Roslund played a key role in boosting the Dons to a share of first place in the league standings. In October, Roslund posted a 0.68 goals against average, recorded 42 saves (six saves per game) and posted three shutouts. In 664:10, the two-time WCC Player of the Week selection allowed five goals. Roslund matched a career-high with 11 saves in a 4-0 shutout against San Diego on October 28. In October, Roslund helped USF post a scoreless streak of 341:07.
Also nominated: Michael Nielsen, POR; Max Young, LMU
SOFIA HUERTA, FR., F, SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara freshman forward Sofia Huerta is the WCC Women's Soccer Player of the Month for October. Huerta scored eight goals and added three assists for a WCC-leading 19 points during the month in leading the Broncos to a 7-0-1 record during October. She began the month with a hat trick against San Diego State - her first three collegiate goals, and the first SCU hat trick in eight years. In the conference opener against Saint Mary's, Huerta scored both goals in a 2-1 Broncos' victory in overtime. Huerta, who began the month with no goals scored, enters November just one off the WCC lead.
Also nominated: Jennie Marshall, BYU; Laura Cole, PEP; Micaela Capelle, POR; Stephanie Ochs, USD
MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES)
FINN TEARNEY, JR., PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine's Finn Tearney went 7-3 during the Waves' opening month of competition when he competed at the ITA All-American Championship and the USTA/ITA Div. I Men's Southwest Regional Championship. Although he suffered a loss in the season opener in the main draw of the ITA All-American, Tearney rebounded with three straight wins to advance to the semifinals of the consolation draw. Two weeks later, he advanced to the semifinals of the Southwest Regional after logging four consecutive straight-set wins. So far this season, Tearney - ranked #19 in the Campbell's/ITA Preseason Collegiate Singles Rankings - has captured two wins over ranked opponents. For his performance, Tearney was granted one of six at-large bids to the USTA/ITA Indoor National Intercollegiate Championships on Nov. 3-6 in Flushing, N.Y.
Also nominated: Scott Sullivan, GON
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)
NIKOLA BUBNIC & THIBAUT VISY, SAN DIEGO
Bubnic and Visy won the doubles title at the USTA/ITA Division I Men's Southwestern Regional Championships Oct. 20th-24th at Pepperdine's Ralphs-Straus Stadium. With the win, Bubnic and Visy earned a berth to the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championships in Flushing, N.Y. Nov. 3rd-6th. The pair, who went a perfect 5-0 in Regionals and was 5-1 in the month of October overall, became the first USD doubles tandem to ever advance to the National Indoors. They knocked out the tournament's No. 1 seed of Sebastian Fanselow and Jensen Turner of Pepperdine 8-6 in the round of 16 before eventually defeating Fresno State's Francis Alcantara and Remi Boutillier 8-2 in the final.
Also nominated: Levin Guillermo & Pablo Mosquera Perez, GON; Hugh Clarke & Finn Tearney, PEP
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES)
KHUNPAK ISSARA, SR., PEPPERDINE
Issara tallied a team-high four victories during the month of October. She opened with a dominant 6-0, 6-0 shutout versus San Diego State's Kristin Buth at the USTA/ITA Div. I Women's Southwest Regional Championships. She followed that up with a gritty three-set triumph against a UC Irvine student-athlete to advance to the Round of 16. The following weekend, she competed at the Jack Kramer Club Invitational. There, she defeated competitors from Mississippi State and USC before falling to the bracket's top seed and #25-ranked Anna Bartsenstein of Miami. Issara and the rest of the Waves compete in one final fall tournament, the Mission Hills Desert Classic, on Nov. 4-6.
Also nominated: Kylie Peek, GON; Catherine Isip, SMC; Katie Le, SCU
WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)
JENNY JULLIEN & JADE FRAMPTON, SAINT MARY'S
The Saint Mary's pair went 8-1 during the month of October including capturing wins over three conference opponents. The duo opened the month with three straight wins at the Cal Nike Invite to win the consolation bracket with victories over teams from BYU, Santa Clara, and Arizona State. The pair then won all three of their matches at the SMC Fall Invitational, defeating duos from Gonzaga, Stanford, and Sacramento State. Frampton and Jullien finished off the month at the ITA Northwest Regional Championships and advanced to the quarterfinals with wins over teams from Washington and Washington State before falling to the No. 2 seed in the tournament from California for their only loss of the month.
KIM HILL, SR., MB, PEPPERDINE
Hill led Pepperdine to a perfect 8-0 record during the month of October. Hill paced the Waves with an even 100 total kills and a 3.57 kills/set average. On defense, she contributed 2.21 digs/set and 0.93 blocks/set. She by far logged the most attack attempts on the team with 263, and ended the month with a hitting percentage of .278. In the Waves' eight matches, Hill led the team in kills on five occasions and captured a kills-digs double-double twice. Hill was dubbed the WCC Player of the Week to open the month of October, after winning the award the week prior to close out September. In addition, Hill was named one of 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award on Oct. 12, 2011.
Also nominated: Jennifer Hamson, BYU; Jordan Shaw, SMC; Katie Hoekman, USD