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Pepperdine's Michelle Manning Earns WCC Player of the Week Honors After Lifting Waves to 1-0 Upset Over #11 UCLA

Oct. 4, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With all fall round robin sports in action, the West Coast Conference is pleased to announce its WCC Players of the Week selections.

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Jack McCormack, Loyola Marymount, GK, RS JR
Redshirt junior Jack McCormack had to be on his game, pitching a pair of 1-0 shutouts to help LMU climb into sole possession of first place in the WCC standings after the opening weekend. On Friday at San Francisco, McCormack helped LMU secure its first win in a WCC road opener since 2005 by making four second-half saves after the Lions had taken the lead just before the half. It was a similar story on Sunday at Saint Mary's as he posted all five of his saves in the second half to preserve LMU's 1-0 victory. His clean sheets were his third and fourth of the season and helped LMU to its first 2-0-0 start in conference play since 2004.

Also Nominated: Austin Guerrero (POR), Justin Grider (SMC), Marcelo Carminatti (USD)

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Michelle Manning, Pepperdine, SO, F
Michelle Manning scored the game's only goal as Pepperdine won at #11 UCLA, 1-0, on Friday night. Moving to her left, she hit a beautiful dipping shot from just outside the box with her left foot that went to the far post and into the upper right-hand corner. The win snapped UCLA's nation-best 73-match home unbeaten streak. It gave Pepperdine its first win over UCLA in 14 matches since 1993. It was Manning's second goal of the season and third of her career. During Sunday night's 1-1 tie at CSU Bakersfield, she had game highs of five shots (tied) and three shots on goal.

Also Nominated: Cassie Geerdts (GON), Julie Gallaudet (LMU), Sophie Schmidt (POR), Ashley Soro (SMC) Stephanie Ochs (USD), Bianca Henninger (SCU)

Volleyball Co-Players of the Week
Gabby Jolly, Saint Mary's, SO, MB
Jolly helped the Gaels improve to 10-5 on the year and open WCC play 2-0 with back-to-back straight-sets wins over Portland and Gonzaga. For the week, Jolly recorded 19 kills, on 32 attempts, for a .469 hitting percentage, while averaging 3.17 kills per set. She also picked up three digs and eight total blocks averaging .133 blocks per set.

Against Portland, she recorded 10 kills on 16 swings for a match-high .500 hitting percentage, with two digs and five block assists. In the first two sets, she notched eight kills on 11 swings, with three total blocks, before wrapping up the match with two kills on five swings and two block assists. In the weekend finale against Gonzaga, she recorded nine kills on 16 swings for a .438 hitting percentage, with one dig and three block assists.

Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
Senior right side Ali Troost helped Lead USD to a perfect 2-0 start to WCC matches, as she paced the team's offense with 29 kills (4.83 kps), while hitting at a .421 clip. She also racked up 22 digs during her two matches this past week. She posted back-to-back double-doubles with a 15-kill and 12-dig performance against Gonzaga and she followed that up with a 14-kill and 10 dig performance against Portland.

Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins (LMU), Emily Cook (PEP), Marissa Plummer (POR)