Oct. 1, 2009
SAN BRUNO, Calif.-- With the conclusion of the first month of action in the fall sports season, the WCC announced its first Players of the Month selections for the 2009-10 season. The conference recognized athletes in the sports of cross country, golf, soccer, and volleyball. Santa Clara swept the men's and women's awards with Robbie Reid and Stephanie Wilson earning the honors. In golf, Pepperdine had its own sweep with Josh Anderson and Taylor Karle taking home the award. In soccer, Loyola Marymount's Rafael Baca won the award on the men's side, while Portland's Michelle Enyeart won for the women. Finally in women's volleyball, there was a split with San Diego's Ali Troost and San Francisco's Sarah Mandala sharing co-honors.
Reid set the school record at Stanford Invite, finishing 10th. 24:30 (8K). He currently has the second fastest time of the month in the WCC for an 8K. Reid also had a 10th place finish at the Hornet Jamboree (20:14).
Wilson won the Sac State Invite on Sept. 12. She ran a 17:23 to win her first career college cross country meet. She then set the school record for a 6K (20:57), finishing 10th in the Stanford Invitational last Saturday. She is the first female in Bronco history to run a 6K under 21 minutes. At Stanford, eight of the top 15 teams in their region and Division II powerhouse Chico State, who is ranked in the top five nationally, were entered in the women's race.
Anderson tied for ninth place at the Waves' only tournament in September, the William H. Tucker Intercollegiate. He shot a 3-under 213, which included two pars and a final-round 3-under 69. He also had 12 birdies in the event and 48 at par or better. The tournament also featured three top 30 teams and six from the top 50.
Karle had two top five finishes, leading Pepperdine to team victories at the first two tournaments of the fall season and the #2 national ranking in the Golf World/NGCA poll. She took fifth at the Golfweek Conference Challenge and third at the Dick McGuire Invitational. She is averaging 71.50 strokes per round and four of her six rounds were below par. Individually, she is #17 in the Golfstat rankings and #20 by Golfweek/Sagarin.
Baca started the season with a bang and hasn't slowed down since, leading the WCC in goals (5) and points (10) through the first month. A team captain and Hermann Trophy candidate, Baca has been one of the catalysts to LMU's 5-3-0 start that returned the Lions to the national rankings for the first time since 2006. He opened the 2009 campaign with both goals in the Lions' 2-1 season-opening win at San Diego State that snapped the program's 18-match road winless streak. On September 13, he scored the first goal in a 2-1 upset at #6 UC Santa Barbara that put the Lions into the top-25 for the first time this year. The following week, he had his second multi-goal outing of the season, scoring twice, including the game-winner with eight minutes left, as LMU upset #5 Dartmouth at the San Diego Nike Classic. That performance netted him his first-ever WCC Player of the Week honor and a place on the Soccer America Team of the Week. Thanks in part to Baca, the Lions posted their best non-conference season since 2004.
Enyeart led the No. 3 ranked Pilots to a 6-1 record in September, including two wins over ranked opponents. Enyeart scored six goals with three assists during the month to lead Portland with 15 total points. She was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the Week on Sept. 14 after leading the Pilots to the Nike Invitational title with wins over No. 11 Illinois (4-1) and Miami (1-0). Enyeart recorded her first career hat trick against Illinois and scored the game-winner against Miami to take the Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the tournament award. She also earned WCC Player of the Week and unanimous national team of the week honors for her efforts. Enyeart moved into Portland's career top five in points (117) and goals (42) this September.
Mandala led USF during September with 10 double-figure kill outings (hitting 10+ in each match of the month), including four with 20+ kills. Mandala recorded 26 kills twice - 26 against San Diego State and against against then-No. 13 Stanford, while also adding 25 against Alabama and 24 versus Cal State Bakersfield. During September, the native of San Dimas posted three double doubles and fell just a dig short on two other occasions. To close out the month, Mandala reached a milestone against Cal State Bakersfield. In the final point of the match, Mandala recorded her 1,000th career kill. With the point, she became the ninth player in USF history to reach the benchmark, and just the third to do so as a junior. In addition, she reached 1,000 in 265 matches, making her the fastest Don to accomplish the feat. Currently, Mandala leads the Dons and the WCC with 237 kills, averaging 4.94 per set. The average propelled her to second place in the Division I this week.
Troost has been a HUGE reason USD has posted a 7-2 record. She has led the team with 115 kills, is hitting at a .361 clip, is second on the team with 58 digs, has posted a career-high 23 kills, along with 13 digs to post her first double-double of the season in a win over No. 12 UC Irvine. She has helped catapult USD to a season-high seven match win streak, and she was named the MVP of the Denver/Colorado Invitational, not to mention earned one WCC POW award. For the month she is ranked fourth in both kills per set (3.29) and hitting percentage.