March 4, 2007
BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Chase d'Arnaud, Pepperdine - Pepperdine third baseman Chase d'Arnaud earned WCC February Player of the Month honors after leading the Waves to an 11-3 start to the season. The sophomore compiled a .415 batting average for the month, scoring 11 runs on 22 hits. The Long Beach, CA native is third in the WCC with 16 RBI. His six RBI against UC Irvine on February 27 is the most by a WCC player so far this season. d'Arnaud has been efficient at the plate, striking out just four times in his 53 at-bats in the month of February. d'Arnaud had his most productive series of the month against Fresno State, going 7-for-12 with five RBI and three runs scored. The Waves took two victories over then-No. 11 Wichita State and won every weekend series they played in February.
BASEBALL CO-PITCHERS OF THE MONTH
Barry Enright, Pepperdine - Barry Enright continued to establish himself as one of the top pitchers in the nation, beginning the 2007 season with a perfect 4-0 record and leading Pepperdine to a No. 12 national ranking during the month of February. The junior posted a sparkling 0.59 ERA through four starts, striking out 15 batters in 30.2 innings of work and walking just two batters during the month. The Stockton, CA native enjoyed one of his finest outings against then-No. 11 Wichita State, tossing 7.1 innings of shutout ball and striking out four batters to earn the win on February 16. Enright capped off the month with a complete game effort against Fresno State on February 23, striking out three batters and surrendering just three hits.
Brian Matusz, San Diego - Brian Matusz has led San Diego to a fast start to the 2007 season, turning in dominating performances as USD's Friday starter. The left-hander posted a perfect 3-0 record during the month of February, with a 1.71 ERA. The sophomore led the nation in strikeouts during the month, fanning 54 batters and earning Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week honors twice during February. Matusz struck out 13 batters in two different outings, tying him for second place on the San Diego single-game list, and recorded double-digit strikeouts in three-of-four starts. He helped guide USD to a No. 16 national ranking during the month, and an 11-6 start to the season.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Stephanie Hawk, Gonzaga -Stephanie Hawk was tabbed for her second straight WCC Player of the Month honor after leading the Zags to a 6-1 record and the WCC regular season crown for the third straight season. The senior ranked second in the conference in scoring, averaging 16.0 points per contest, and pulled down 9.4 rebounds per game to rank third in the league. The native of Ontario, OR also blocked 14 shots on the month, becoming Gonzaga's all-time leader with her 153rd career block against San Francisco in the regular season finale. Hawk recorded three double-doubles in seven games, grabbing 15 boards in a win over Loyola Marymount on February 3, and scoring 22 points in a win at Santa Clara to set a personal-high for the month. Hawk was selected as the WCC Co-Player of the Year along with San Diego's Amanda Rego following her outstanding senior campaign.
MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Derek Raivio, Gonzaga - Gonzaga University senior guard Derek Raivio was named the WCC Player of the Month for February for his performance in leading the Bulldogs to their seventh consecutive WCC regular season title and their ninth in the last 10 seasons. The senior from Vancouver, Wash. averaged a team-best 16.5 points per game, while handing out 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds per contest. Raivio was extremely efficient with the ball, turning it over only 15 times during the month for a 1.60 assist-to-turnover ratio. He also set a new school and WCC record for consecutive free throws made, knocking down a string of 56 straight. For the month, Raivio, who leads the nation in free throw percentage, connected on a WCC-best 97.4 percent (37-for-38) from the charity stripe.
MEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Andre Begemann, Pepperdine - Andre Begemann went 6-3 during the month of February for the Waves, playing exclusively at the No. 1 spot. The junior won five straight matches before falling to then-No. 2 ranked John Isner of Georgia, and his only other losses of the month came to opponents ranked in the top-five in the nation. Begemann recorded victories over No. 28 ranked Christian Groh of San Diego State, and upset No. 14 Stephen Bass of Notre Dame to clinch the match in a Pepperdine win. He also defeated No. 40 ranked Erling Tveit of Ole Miss in the fist round of the National Team Indoor Championships.
WOMEN'S TENNIS SINGLES PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Aude Lambert, Saint Mary's - Aude Lambert turned in a near perfect month of February, going 7-0 in singles matches and leading the Gaels to a perfect 7-0 start on the season. The early season success marks the best start in program history, and during the seven matches Lambert has only dropped one set, winning14 of 15 sets in the No. 1 singles position. Against conference opponents Lambert has posted a 2-0 record, winning both matches in straight sets.
MEN'S DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH
Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson, Pepperdine - The doubles duo of Omar Altmann and Richard Johnson notched a 5-3 record during the month of Febuary. The Wave tandem achieved a No. 28 national ranking, and lost a narrow 8-6 decision to the top-ranked duo of John Isner and Luis Flores of Georgia.
WOMEN'S DOUBLES TEAM OF THE MONTH
Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner, Loyola Marymount University -Pavla Mesterova and Tamara Tanner combined to go 4-1 in the month of February to start the season, earning wins against Cal State Fullerton, No. 70 UC Santa Barbara, #19 Pepperdine and #60 San Diego. The duo's only loss came to #15 UCLA.
MEN'S GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Domingo Jojola, San Francisco - University of San Francisco sophomore Domingo Jojola shot a third round 71 in rainy conditions to win medalist honors with a 54 hole total of four under 916 at the UC Irvine Anteater Invitational at the Big Canyon Country Club in Newport Beach on February 27.
WOMEN'S GOLFER OF THE MONTH
Misun Cho, Pepperdine - Freshman Misun Cho captured her first career tournament title, shooting a final-round 2-under par 69 to claim individual medalist honors and helping the No. 9 Pepperdine women's golf team to a victory at the prestigious Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge at the par-71, 5,912-yard Palos Verdes Golf Club. Pepperdine topped a field that included 14 teams ranked in Golfweek's top 30 poll and won the tournament for a record third time, previously capturing the event in 2003 and 2005.