Oct. 6, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer in full regular season action and golf and tennis playing fall tournaments, the WCC would like to award Player of the Month honors for the month of September.
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Jose Madera, USF and Joash Osoro, POR
USF freshman Jose Madera finished 28th at the Stanford Invite to lead the USF men's team with a time of 24:30. He also finished eighth at the San Francisco Invitational in a time of 25:11, just 19 seconds behind the race winner from Kentucky.
Portland sophomore Joash Osoro ran away with the nine-team Pier Park Invitational individual title in Portland on Sept. 10, finishing the 8K meet in a time of 24:42. He finished ahead of the second-place runner by nearly 24 seconds.
Also Nominated: Kevin Oliver, SCU; Weston Strum, LMU; Robb Van Wyck, SMC
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Sheree Shea, LMU
LMU women's cross country runner Sheree Shea had two top ten finishes in September at the UC Riverside Invitational and the Stanford Invite. Shea placed 4th at UC Riverside in 16:55 for the 5k and 8th at Stanford breaking 21 minutes for the 6k course in 20:57.
Also Nominated: Kellie Houser, POR; Rosie Smith, SMC; Chelsea Wishard, PEP
MEN'S GOLF - Josh Anderson, PEP
Pepperdine junior Josh Anderson won the season-opening Husky Invitational with a 10-under 206. He beat teammate Andrew Putnam, who finished second, by four strokes. At the end of September, Anderson was ranked #1 in Golfstat's computer ratings system. It was Anderson's second career win and his career-best score. The 10-under tied the 10th-best 54-hole score by a Pepperdine individual in program history. He averaged 68.67 strokes per round.
Also Nominated: Cory Mehl, SCU; Taylor Travis, USF; Nick Chianello, POR
WOMEN'S GOLF - Danielle Kang, PEP
Pepperdine sophomore Danielle Kang had a strong showing (tie for 19th place) at the NCAA Fall Preview, which brought together 18 teams ranked in Golfweek's preseason top 30, and 15 schools that finished among the top 25 at the 2010 NCAA Championships. Kang shot a 1-over 217 (averaging 72.33 strokes per round). She was unavailable for Pepperdine's second tournament of September. After winning the U.S. Amateur this summer, she was invited to play in the Japan Women's Open.
Also Nominated: Miki Ueoka, SCU
MEN'S SOCCER - Ryan Luke, POR and Artur Jozkowicz, LMU
Portland senior Ryan Luke led the Pilots and the West Coast Conference with five goals and 11 points during the month. He also tallied an assist, a game-winner, 20 shots and 10 shots on goal. Luke helped the Pilots go 4-1-3, open WCC play at 1-0-0 and reach a national ranking of 15th. His first two goals came during a 2-1 win over No. 30 Evansville at Merlo Field on Sept. 5. He also scored goals against Washington on Sept. 18, at Seattle on Sept. 26 and at Gonzaga on Sept. 29, and assisted on Jarad vanSchaik's game-winner in the 92nd minute of a 2-1 overtime win over UC Davis on Sept. 24.
LMU junior Artur Jozkowicz, after scoring four times in his first two seasons at LMU, equaled that total in September of 2010 alone, leading the conference by scoring four times in the season's first eight games. He began the season in fine fashion, netting the game-winners in both of LMU's season-opening victories. First, he scored 55 seconds into overtime to give LMU a 2-1 victory over San Diego State in the season opener. He followed that up in game two by opening the scoring in an eventual 2-0 win over Cal State Northridge. Jozkowicz then recorded his first career two-goal game on September 23 at Cal Poly, scoring twice in the second half to clinch a 4-1 victory that snapped LMU's three-game losing streak and launched a four-game unbeaten run that has carried over into October.
Also Nominated: Marcelo Carminatti, USD
WOMEN'S SOCCER - Brittany Jagger, LMU
LMU redshirt freshman Brittany Jagger was a big factor in LMU's 5-2 record in September, recording shutouts in each of the Lions' five victories and posting a goals-against-average of 0.43. Jagger began the month by earning her first career shutout with 11 saves in a 2-0 win at Utah on September 3. The 11 saves were tied for the third-most in a single-game in LMU history as she faced 25 Utah shots. She followed that with another 2-0 shutout, this time of Tennessee-Martin, in which she stopped four shots. Jagger's shutout streak would end at the hands of #3 Notre Dame but her nine saves kept LMU in the contest in a 1-0 defeat. After that, it was back to her winning ways as she went 410 minutes before allowing another goal, shutting out Utah State 2-0 (two saves), Penn 1-0 (two saves), and Arizona 2-0 (six saves). Jagger finished the month leading the conference in saves per game and shutouts, and was second in total saves.
Also Nominated: Bianca Henninger, SCU; Micaela Capelle, POR; Courtney Parson, USD; Sheridan Jones, GON; Laura Cole, PEP; Sarah Peters, SMC
MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Dean Jackson, USD
USD Dean senior Dean Jackson took home the men's singles title in the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, TX Sunday by defeating Maros Horny of Maryland, 6-4, 7-6. Jackson, the No. 1 seed, worked his way into the finals by defeating Harry Fowler of Rice, 6-3, 4-6, and 10-8 in the round of 32, then earning a win over Ben Dunbar of New Mexico, 7-6, 6-4, taking down Baylor's Sergio Ramirez, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and beating Daniel Whitehead of Texas, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinal before meeting Horny.
Also Nominated: Hugh Clarke, PEP; Bryan Thorp, POR; Tyler Campbell, GON
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Hugh Clarke & Finn Tearney, PEP and Zhia Hwa Chong & Scott Sullivan, GON
Hugh Clarke and Finn Tearney, PepperdineWent 1-1 in Flight 1 doubles at the UNLV Invitational, but most notably defeated the #13-ranked doubles team of Rikus de Villiers and Remi Boutillier (8-6) from Fresno State on the first day of the competition.
Zhia Hwa Chong and Scott Sullivan, Gonzaga UniversityAt the EWU/GU Classic Sept. 24-26, Zhia Hwa and Scott defeated the University of Portland's Michel Hukwo and Justin Guay 8-6 to advance to the championship match. Against the tournament's top seed University of Montana's Carl Kuschke and David Cysneiros, Zhia Hwa and Scott upset Montana's duo 8-2 to claim the doubles main draw title.
Also Nominated: None
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Anamika Bhargava, PEP
Pepperdine senior Anamika Bhargava, who is No. 88 in the ITA's preseason rankings, went 2-1 and reached the quarterfinals of the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas. She beat Haley Fournier of Texas Tech and Stefania Weinstein of Nebraska before falling to Dominique Harmath of Rice in the quarterfinals.
Also Nominated: Gabrielle Verspieren, GON; Lacey Pflibsen, POR
WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Anamika Bhargava & Marie Zalameda, PEP
Anamika Bhargava and Marie Zalameda, PepperdineThe duo, who are #24 in the ITA's preseason rankings, won the main doubles draw at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational in Midland, Texas. They won all four of their matches, which included a victory in the finals over Pepperdine teammates Khunpak Issara and Ali Walters. Earlier in the tournament they beat teams from Lamar, Nebraska and Texas A&M.
Also Nominated: Rika Mendhiratta & Prue Teitzel, GON
VOLLEYBALL - Victoria Adelhelm, PEP; Gabby Jolly, SMC and Ali Troost, USD
Pepperdine sophomore Victoria Adelhelm was named the WCC Co-Player of the Week on Sept. 6 and was named to all-tournaments teams at both the UNLV Invitational and Pepperdine Asics Classic. She led the team with in hitting percentage (.343) and total blocks (42, for a 1.14 average) during the month and also averaged 2.27 kills. She helped Pepperdine to an 8-3 record. Two of the losses were to 2009 NCAA Tournament teams, and six of the eight wins were 3-0 shutouts.
Saint Mary's sophomore middle blocker Gabby Jolly helped the Gaels go 7-4 in the month of September, with the Gaels only losses coming against teams in the top-15 in the country. For the month, Jolly recorded 101 kills on 226 attempts, for a team-high .288 hitting percentage, while averaging 2.59 kills per set. She also recorded 39 total blocks, averaging 1.00 blocks per set. She was named to two all-tournament teams, including the San Jose State All-Tournament Team and the Verizon Wireless Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.
Jolly recorded double-digit kills in six of the 11 matches. She recorded four or more blocks in six of 11 matches played and hit .300 or better in seven of 11 matches. Against some of the top teams in the country she was at her best. Facing No. 14 UCLA, Jolly set a new career-high with 17 kills, on 35 swings for a .314 hitting percentage, she also recorded four total blocks in the match. At No. 6 Hawaii she recorded 12 kills on 20 swings for a .350 hitting percentage, with two block assists. Against No. 1 Stanford, Jolly recorded 11 kills on 32 swings, with four block assists. Jolly wrapped up the month posting 10 kills on 16 swings for a .500 hitting percentage, with five total blocks in the straight-sets victory over Portland.
Senior Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 9-2 overall record and a 1-0 start to WCC action as she paced the Torero offense with 140 kills (4.12 kps), while hitting at a .329 clip. Troost also racked up 83 digs and had 19 blocks. She closed out the month with three consecutive double-doubles as she had 18 kills and 15 digs in the win over No. 12 Minnesota, she had 13 kills and 10 digs against CS Fullerton and she had 15 kills and 12 digs, while hitting at a .414 clip in the WCC opening win over Gonzaga. She was named WCC Player of the Week once during this time, and she was named the MVP of the USD-SDSU Tournament.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Danielle Dupar, POR