May 4, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---With three regular seasons complete in men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, and rowing, the West Coast Conference would like to honor its Players of the Month for the month of April.
BASEBALL (PLAYER) - Cameron Edman, Gonzaga, RS-Sr., C
Edman led Gonzaga in April with a .414 (24-for-58) batting average, eight doubles, five home runs and 17 RBI. Against Loyola Marymount April 15, Edman had three hits including the go-ahead three-run home run in the ninth inning to give the Bulldogs a 5-3 win. He registered an RBI single for his only hit in Saturday's loss to the Lions but on Sunday, Edman hit a pair of doubles, one of which drove in a run, to help the Bulldogs beat the Lions 7-1. Edman hit his first multiple home run game against Saint Mary's April 23. He had a four-hit game with a pair of doubles against Washington State April 5. He hit multiple two-baggers in three games during the month.
Also Nominated: Joe Vierra, LMU; Connor Bernatz, USF; Kyle DeMerritt, SCU
BASEBALL (PITCHER) - Ryan Carpenter, Gonzaga, Jr., LHP
Carpenter went 4-0 in five starts with a 1.62 earned-run average in 39 innings. Along with pitching back-to-back complete games, one included a shutout, he struck out 40 and maintained a .194 opposing batting average. He threw the first complete-game of his career against Saint Mary's April 21. He matched his season-high of 11 strikeouts and allowed two runs on three hits. One week later, Ryan Carpenter went the distance again and flirted with a no-hitter in Gonzaga's 8-0 win over Santa Clara Friday. The left-hander was perfect for six innings but in the seventh he allowed a leadoff walk followed by a single. He finished the evening with nine strikeouts and five hits allowed. He also had three 7-inning outings, one of which was a shutout against New Mexico April 1.
Also Nominated: Alex Gillingham, LMU; Kyle Barraclough, SMC; Jordan Remer, USF
MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Clarke Spinosa, San Diego, Fr.
Freshman Clarke Spinosa went 5-2 in singles during April, including a win over then-No. 60 Alex Clayton of Stanford for his second win over a ranked opponent this season. Spinosa, currently ranked 125th, was selected as the WCC Freshman of the Year in April, while also being a second-team All-WCC selection in singles and doubles with partner Thibaut Visy. He won all of his matches (two in singles, two in doubles) in the WCC Championships in helping the Toreros secure their first WCC title since 1990. He currently boasts a 28-6 overall singles record, which ties the USD record for most singles wins by a freshman, and his 21-3 dual singles mark stands as the best ever by a Torero freshman. In doubles, Spinosa has teamed with Visy to tally the second-most doubles wins on the team with 16 this season.
Also Nominated: Nicholas Bjerke, LMU; Sebastian Fanselow, PEP; Nicholas Vinel, SCU
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Jacob Hartwig/Ola Bakke, San Francisco
The USF pair posted a 7-1 record during the month of April, including going undefeated at the WCC Championships. All but one of their wins came at the No. 2 position, including a victory over then-No. 8 Stanford's No. 2 doubles team. Overall for the season, the duo lost just four matches.
Also Nominated: Sebastian Fanselow/Jenson Turner, PEP; Clarke Spinosa/Thibaut Visy, USD
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Anamika Bhargava, Pepperdine, Sr.
Anamika Bhargava went a perfect 4-0 during the month of April to extend her win streak to eight matches. She went 3-0 versus West Coast Conference opponents to lead Pepperdine to its 22nd conference championship title and went 2-0 versus ranked opponents this month. Bhargava entered the Campbell/ITA rankings for the first time this season on April 26 at #120 and earned All-WCC first team recognition in both singles and doubles. Bhargava became the first Wave ever and second WCC player overall to be a four-time first team All-WCC selection in both singles and doubles and is currently 20-11 in singles overall and 14-5 in dual action.
Also Nominated: April Bisharat, LMU; Jenny Jullien, SMC; Laura Claus, USD
CO-WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Khunpak Issara and Ale Granillo, Pepperdine
The duo went 4-0 during the month of April, including 3-0 against league opposition, and is currently defending an active eight-match win streak as a doubles team. Issara and Granillo is 9-1 as a pair overall. At the WCC Championships, the pair overcame a 7-2 deficit in the semifinals versus Saint Mary's to win 9-8 (7) and clinch the doubles point for Pepperdine. The duo is currently the highest-ranked pair in the WCC at #49 after opening the month of April with an 8-6 win over No. 16-ranked UCLA pair Noelle Hickey and McCall Jones. The pair was also selected to the All-WCC doubles first team.
CO-WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Stephanie Hoffpauir/Juliette Coupez, San Diego
San Diego No. 1 pair went 5-1 in April, including a victory over Pepperdine's Marie Zalameda and Anamika Bhargava, then-ranked No. 53, in the WCC Championships final. Hoffpauir andCoupez, first-team All-WCC selections in doubles, defeated two ranked opponents in April; Bhargava and Zalameda and Roxanne and Sierra Ellison of San DiegoState, who were then-ranked No. 51. Hoffpauir and Coupez are 12-8 on the year playing exclusively at No. 1 and are currently ranked 71st in the Campbell/ITA rankings.
Also Nominated: April Bisharat/Melissa Valenzuela, LMU; Jenny Jullien/Claire Soper, SMC
MEN'S GOLF - Alex Ching, San Diego, Jr.
Ching was USD's top performer in the two tournaments USD competed in. He tied for 5th at the Ninth Annual Wyoming Cowboy Classic with a three-round total of 208 (69-69-70) on the Talking Stick North Course (par 70, 7133 yardage). At the WCC Championships (San Juan Oaks GC in Hollister; par 72, 6712 yardage), he fired a final round tournament low 67 to move up from 10th place to a tie for 1st at 212 (75-70-67). His scoring average over the two tournaments was 70.0. He was selected the WCC Golfer of the Year as well as All-WCC First Team for the third straight year.
Also Nominated: Johnny Mac Arthur, PEP; Taylor Travis, USF
WOMEN'S GOLF - Grace Na, Pepperdine, Fr.
Grace Na won her first collegiate tournament with her victory at the WCC Championships. She shot a 1-over 217, beating a teammate by one stroke and finishing six strokes better than any competitor from another school. The 4-under 68 she shot during the second round was a season best. Na also tied for 38th place (second among Waves' players) at the PING/ASU Invitational, which featured eight other top 25-ranked teams. Her stroke average for the month was 73.83 in six rounds. Her national ranking improved to #36 by Golfstat at the end of April. Since enrolling at Pepperdine in January, she's finished in the top 20 at five of six tournaments.
Also Nominated: None