March 9, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With spring sports in the mix, the West Coast Conference would like to honor its Players of the Month for the month of February.
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Kevin Foster, Santa Clara, SO, Guard
Kevin Foster averaged 20.1 ppg in February, including 4.1 threes made per game. He also picked up 3.1 rpg, 3.1 apg and 1.5 spg. He shot 77.8 from the free throw line. After February, Foster led the WCC in ppg (overall and WCC) and also threes made (overall and WCC). He finished WCC play this year at No. 7 for threes made in the WCC for a single season.
With 110 threes made this season, Foster is No. 1 in the country nationally in threes made and threes attempted. He has been No. 1 and No. 2 throughout the month in threes made per game. After February, Foster was just 16 points from breaking the school record in single season for points (set in 1969 by Dennis Awtrey). His 603 points was No. 3 all-time on the single season list for Santa Clara. His 1208 points was No. 21 on the Bronco career list.
Also Nominated: Marquise Carter, GON; Mychel Thompson, PEP; Mickey McConnell, SMC
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Lena Gipson, Santa Clara, SR, Forward
Santa Clara senior forward Lena Gipson averaged 9.4 points and 12.3 rebounds to lead the Broncos to a tie for fourth in the final regular season league standings. Gipson had a double-double in five of the seven games during February, shot 54 percent from the field and scored 20+ points five times. She also made 40 of 54 free throws (74 percent). She began the month with a 21-point, 16-rebound effort in a win over USF (Feb. 5). She then had 17 points and 15 rebounding at St. Mary's (Feb. 10). She eclipsed the 900-rebound plateau for her career against No. 23 Gonzaga (Feb. 17). On senior night two days later vs. Portland (Feb. 19), Gipson made 9 of 12 shots, finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 77-55 SCU victory. She was named to the Jesuit Basketball Honor Roll in February and was named the WCC Player of the Week (Feb. 6).
Also Nominated: Jazmine Jackson, PEP; Natalie Day, POR; Louella Tomlinson, SMC
CO-MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Alex Ferrero, POR & Dean Jackson, USD
Alex Ferrero, Portland, FR
A freshman from Spain, Ferrero is 5-1 in the month of February. Since taking over the No. 1 singles position he has defeated then-No. 56 Marius Cirstea of Idaho and suffered his only loss of the month to then-No. 16 Kiryl Harbatsiuk of Sacramento State. Ferrero entered the ITA Rankings at No. 108 on Feb. 14, making him the first singles player to be ranked for the Pilots since Matt Loucks during the 2005-06 season.
Dean Jackson, San Diego, SR
Jackson went 5-1 in February with his only loss coming to Southern California's Steve Johnson, who was ranked sixth at the time. He won five matches in a row in February and is currently ranked 47th in singles. He leads the team with a 21-5 overall singles record and is 8-2 in dual matches. Jackson also moved into fifth-place among USD's all-time career singles winners with his 87th career victory.
Also Nominated: Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Sebastian Fanselow, PEP; Tom Pham, SCU
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Alex Llompart/Alejandro Moreno, Pepperdine
The Pepperdine pair went 6-0 in the month of February and boast a 9-1 overall record. Llompart and Moreno topped a ranked doubles team from Notre Dame at the Blue and Gray National Tennis Classic and was leading 7-5 versus an Auburn pair during the Blue and Gray finals when the play was suspended. The pair entered the Campbell/ITA doubles rankings on March 1 in the #68 spot.
Also Nominated: Daniel Simko & Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Justin Guay & Michel Hukwo, POR; Dean Jackson & Patrick Pohlmann, USD
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Katie Le, Santa Clara, FR
Katie Le is undefeated at the No. 1 spot (12-0), and her only two losses in the fall campaign came from nationally ranked Stanford and Cal players. Le, in SCU's only match this week, defeated LMU's April Bisharat in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 1 singles and teamed up with sophomore Jessica Agra to defeat Ashley Anderson/ Miya Jin, 8-3, at No. 1 doubles. SCU is 3-0 against WCC opponents this season. In eight February matches, Katie Le has gone 8-0 at No. 1 singles and is 12-0 overall this season at that spot.
Also Nominated: Clare Dodge, GON; Miya Jin, LMU; Khunpak Issara, PEP; Valeska Hoath, POR; Catherine Isip, SMC; Stephanie Hoffpauir, USD
CO-WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)
Jenny Julien & Claire Soper, Saint Mary's
Jullien and Soper linked up for the first time all season on February 12 and went 4-0 the rest of the month at the No. 3 spot for the Gaels. The duo topped Rohde-Moe/van de Street of No. 16 Ole Miss 8-2 on February 12, and then two days later easily defeated Radunovic/Nemcevic of No. 23 Washington 8-1. Against No. 41 Arizona, Soper and Jullien defeated McRann/Huh 8-4, and finished up the month with an 8-6 win over Jasper/Vo of No. 42 Boise State.
Laura Claus & Josymar Escalona, San Diego
Claus and Escalona went 4-1 during February exclusively at No. 2. Theydefeated then-ranked No. 68 Stubbe/Smyth of Arizona (8-4) and their onlyloss of the month was to then-ranked No. 16 Pulido/Ramos of USC (8-5).They posted a four-match winning streak and are 6-1 as a pair overall.
Also Nominated: Clare Dodge & Kristina Zauere, GON; Elisaveta Pironkova & Reky Rohonyi, LMU; Khunpak Issara & Andrea Oates, PEP; Sabine Fuchs and Stephanie Fuchs, POR; Katie Le & Jessica Agra, SCU
MEN'S GOLF - Andrew Putnam, Pepperdine, SR
Putnam won his second tournament of 2010-11 as he led wire-to-wire to become the medalist at the Arizona Intercollegiate, the first tournament of the spring. He shot a 7-under 206, which included a 6-under 65 in the first round, and even-par 71 in the second and a 1-under 70 in the third. He helped Pepperdine to a team finish of second place. One and a half rounds was played at the USC Collegiate Invitational on February 28 (it was suspended due to darkness), and at the time play was stopped Putnam was 2-over for the tournament. Putnam was ranked as high as #8 nationally by Golfstat toward the end of February.
Also Nominated: None
WOMEN'S GOLF - Danielle Kang, Pepperdine, SO
Kang led the Waves with a tie for third place at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the first event of the spring season. She shot a 7-over 220, which included a 1-under 70 in the second round. She helped the Waves to a team finish of a tie for fourth, with victories over three higher ranked teams (Michigan State, Ohio State and Louisville). Also, the first round of the Bruin Wave Invitational fell on February 28, in which she shot a 1-under 71. So in a total of four February rounds, Kang averaged 72.8 strokes and had two sub-par rounds. Kang was ranked #23 nationally by Golfweek/Sagarin toward the end of February.
Also Nominated: None
BASEBALL (PLAYER) - Matt Lowenstein, Loyola Marymount, SO
Sophomore Matt Lowenstein batted .519 as LMU went 7-1 in the month of February. The left-handed hitter collected a team-best nine runs scored, a triple and five RBI while drawing seven walks out of the leadoff spot in all but one game (he batted second). He reached base at a .611 clip and slugged .593 while stealing a pair of bases. The native of Chino Hills, Calif. batted safely in each of the final seven games in the month, including recording multiple hits on four occasions (three hits three times). Highlights of the month were 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two walks at Long Beach State on February 22, 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and two RBI against Nevada on February 25, and 3-for-4 with two runs scored, a triple and three RBI against Nevada on February 27.
Also Nominated: Zack Kometani, USD; Kyle DeMerritt, SCU
BASEBALL (PITCHER) - Martin Viramontes, Loyola Marymount, JR
Junior Martin Viramontes went 2-0 with a 1.46 ERA over two starts in the month of February. The right-hander tossed 12.1 innings and allowed just three runs (two earned) while striking out 12. Opponents hit a measly .182 off the native of Fresno, Calif. Viramontes defeated UC Riverside on February 19 by tossing five and a third innings and allowing just one earned run with four strikeouts as the Lions won 4-2. He followed up that performance with a victory over Nevada on February 27, pitching seven innings of one-run ball and allowing just three hits while striking out eight.
Also Nominated: Ryan Carpenter, GON; Paul Sewald, USD