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WCC Selects 2006 Scholar Athletes Of The Year

June 8, 2006

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SAN BRUNO, Calif., -- Pepperdine University's Nick Kliebert and University of Portland's Christine Sinclair were named the West Coast Conference Male and Female Scholar Athletes of the Year, Commissioner Michael Gilleran announced today. Sinclair is the second Pilot student-athlete in three seasons and the fifth straight soccer player to be named Scholar Athlete of the Year. Kliebert is the second straight Wave student-athlete, following golfer Michael Putnam, and is the first baseball player since 1995 to earn the distinction.

The highest honor in the WCC is selected by a vote of the WCC's institutional representatives to recognize the finest accomplishments in athletics, academics and community service by individuals who have completed their WCC eligibility.

Christine Sinclair - University of Portland - Soccer - 3.77 GPA
Christine Sinclair capped her collegiate career as one of the top players in NCAA women's soccer history, leading Portland to a pair of national championships and finishing her time on The Bluff as the second leading goal scorer in NCAA history with 110 career goals. The Burnaby, B.C. native received the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy and earned the Honda Award as the topcollegiate player following the 2002 and 2005 seasons. A four-time first team All-American performer, Sinclair was the consensus 2005 National Player of the Year and set an NCAA record by scoring goals in 17 straight games during her senior campaign.

While at Portland, Sinclair epitomized the term student-athlete. As impressive as Sinclair was on the pitch, she was equally impressive in the classroom, graduating with a 3.77 in Life Science. For her athletic and academic excellence, Sinclair was named the 2006 CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year, and the NSCAA/adidas Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. A four-time first team All-WCC selection and three-time WCC Player of the Year, Sinclair took home Academic All-American honors in 2002, 2004, and 2005. In addition to her athletic and academic commitments,Sinclair was also active in campus and community activities, volunteering throughout her career at the Ronald McDonald House and helping the UP soccer team raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. Sinclair also did volunteer work for the Doernbecher Children's Hospital and organized a soccer clinic for UP's 2004 National Student-Athlete day.

Pepperdine's Nick Kliebert helped the Waves to three WCC Championships.

Nicholas Kliebert - Pepperdine University - Baseball - 3.63 GPA
Nicholas Kliebert was an integral part of Pepperdine's recent conference dominance in baseball, as the senior was a member of three straight WCC championship teams during his four years in Malibu. A starter in each ofhis four years as a member of the Pepperdine baseball team, Kliebert enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2006 as the senior batted .340 to rank second on the team and drove in 38 runs to tie for second on the squad enroute to All-WCC first team honors. Kliebert set career-highs in numerous offensive categories during his senior season and led the Waves to nationalrankings as high as No. 9 during 2006. The Norco, CA native has played in four WCC Championship Series events in his career, helping Pepperdine to conference crowns in 2004, 2005, and 2006.

Kliebert, who will graduate with a 3.632 GPA in Business Administration, is a three-time member of the WCC All-Academic team and was selected to the WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll in each of his four collegiate seasons. He was named as a Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete in all four years of his collegiate career, and graduated cum laude in the Spring of 2006. Despite the time demands put on him by academics and athletics, Kliebert found time to participate on the Pepperdine Student Advisory Committee the past twoyears. Kliebert has also been an active participant in the Step Forward Day, an outreach program for the local community, while volunteering at several schools and churches in the community throughout his time at Pepperdine.