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WCC Announces March Players of the Month

April 6, 2009

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The West Coast Conference recognized 10 student-athletes on Monday with March Player of the Month honors. The WCC awarded Player of the Month honors in baseball, men's and women's golf, and men's and women's tennis.

Baseball Player of the Month - Troy Channing, SMC
Troy Channing had a huge month of March, twice earning the WCC Player of the Week award. In the month he hit .417, going 35-for-84, while scoring 22 runs, tallying six doubles and 10 home runs, and batting in 37 RBI. His slugging percentage was .845, while his on base was .474. He also had a hit in 17 straight games during the month, while leading all freshman in the country in hits, home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and total bases.

Baseball Pitcher of the Month - Cole Cook, PEP
Cole Cook went 4-1 during the month of March, totaling 30 strikeouts, a 2.59 ERA, and a league-best .149 opponent's batting average. Cook was originally the Waves' middle reliever, but earned the job of weekend starter after holding off UCLA, Evansville, Cal Poly, and Wichita State long enough for Pepperdine to come back and win each of those games. His only loss of the month came at No. 23 San Diego, where he pitched eight innings, giving up just two hits.

Women's Golf Player of the Month - Miki Ueoka, SCU
Santa Clara women's golf sophomore Miki Ueoka earned her second consecutive WCC Player of the Month honor. Ueoka, who was the league's February Player of the Month, took home her third career title, winning the individual medalist honor at the Sacramento State Invitational on March 24, leading the Broncos to the team championship.

Men's Golf Player of the Month - Andrew Putnam, PEP
Pepperdine sophomore Andrew Putnam also earned his second consecutive WCC Player of the Month honor after recording three top 20 showings during the month of March, including two in the top 10. Putnam began the month by tying for sixth place at the General Jim Hackler Invitational with a (+4) 220 and then broke even with a 216 at the Oregon Duck Invitational that placed him fourth overall. He finished tied for 19th at the Morris Williams Intercollegiate with a (+11) 224.

Men's Tennis Singles Co-Players of the Month - Bassam Beidas, PEP & Dean Jackson, USD
Junior Bassam Beidas went 6-2 at the No. 1 singles position for Pepperdine, helping lead his team to a 5-3 record for the month of March. Beidas is currently ranked No. 27 in the nation, moving up 17 spots from the previous month after wins over three top-50 opponents from Washington, Florida State and Rice.

San Diego sophomore Dean Jackson also went 6-2 for the month at No. 1 singles. He earned three wins over ranked players, and his two losses came on the road in three-set decisions to top-five ranked players from Oklahoma State and Tulsa. Jackson improved his previous No. 115 ranking to No. 56 after March's results and has also helped keep San Diego in the national rankings at No. 75.

Men's Tennis Doubles Team of the Month - Omar Altmann & Bassam Beidas, PEP
The pair of junior Bassam Beidas and senior Omar Altmann posted an impressive 7-1 record for the month of March at the No. 1 doubles spot. With wins over the No. 6, No. 8 and No. 15 ranked doubles teams in the country, the Pepperdine pair stands at No. 14. Their only loss of the month came to Fresno State in a close 8-5 match.

Women's Tennis Singles Player of the Month - Jenni Lee-Heinser, USF
Sophomore Jenni Lee-Heinser from San Francisco posted a 7-2 record during the month at the No. 1 singles spot. With a big win at the USD Invitational over the No. 7 ranked player in the country from Furman, Heinser improved her own ranking for the month to No. 60. She also led her team to its first team victory over a ranked opponent this season, then ranked No. 49 UC Irvine, with convincing wins in both singles and doubles play.

Women's Tennis Doubles Team of the Month - Anamika Bhargava & Alex Liles, PEP
The Pepperdine duo of senior Alex Liles and sophomore Anamika Bhargava moved from the No. 2 doubles position to the No. 1 spot and recorded a 5-2 month at their new position. The pair's only losses came to the No. 1 team in the country from Fresno State and the No. 12 pairing from USC.