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WCC Announces September WCC Players of the Month

Oct. 6, 2011

M. Soccer Player of the Month Erik Hurtado | W. Cross Country Runner of the Month Tara Erdmann
W. Volleyball Player of the Month Jennifer Hamson | WCC on Twitter | WCC on Facebook

MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
MILES BATTY, SR., BYU
Senior Miles Batty has taken first place at every meet that he has participated in this season, which included the BYU Invitational and the Notre Dame Invitational. Batty has helped BYU take the top spot in the USTFCCCA Mountain Region and also jump up to No. 6 in the national coaches poll.

Also Nominated: Tyre Johnson, LMU; Kenny Smith, PEP; Trevor Dunbar, POR; John Cutter, USD; Rajpaul Pannu, SMC

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY
TARA ERDMANN, RSR., LOYOLA MARYMOUNT
Loyola Marymount redshirt-senior Tara Erdmann won the individual title at the UC Riverside on Sept. 17. She set a course and school record at 20:01:9. The Lions finished first overall that day. Erdmann also finished third overall at the Stanford Invitational, which was the best finish of all WCC runners at the event. LMU finished fifth overall that day, the best of the six WCC teams running the event.

Also Nominated: Morgan Haws, BYU; Lindsey Drake, GON; Aneasha Lawrence, PEP; Merel Van Steenbergen, POR; Kristy Koenes, USD; Cristina Garcia, SMC; Laura Suur, USF

MEN'S SOCCER
ERIK HURTADO, JR., F, SANTA CLARA
Santa Clara junior forward Erik Hurtado was named WCC Player of the Week in back to back weeks in September (Sept. 12 & 19). From Aug. 27 through Sept. 30, Hurtado totaled 40 shots, 12 points, four goals and four assists, which were all league-bests. He netted goals in four of five matches from Sept. 2 through 16, scoring against No. 6 UCLA, No. 14 Cal and tallied a career-high eight-shots in a 2-0 win over Cleveland State. Additionally, Hurtado put 18 shots on goal during the month. By the end of September, the Broncos had moved into the national rankings and owned a 5-1-3 overall record (1-0 in the WCC).

Also Nominated: Doug Herrick, SMC

WOMEN'S SOCCER
ANISA GUAJARDO, JR., F, PEPPERDINE
Pepperdine junior forward Anisa Guajardo is a big reason that the Waves are only one of nine undefeated teams left in Division I women's soccer. She leads the Waves and the WCC with eight goals, while topping the conference with 0.73 goals per game. In eight Waves victories, Guajardo has notched three game-winning goals, including two against a pair of 2010 NCAA Tournament participants. The Clovis, Calif. native has had two multi-goal games, and heading into WCC play she has scored a goal in five of six games.

Also Nominated: Jennie Marshall, BYU; Brittany Jagger, LMU; Jordan Marada, SMC; Julie Johnston, SCU

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL
JENNIFER HAMSON, SO., BYU
Sophomore opposite hitter Jennifer Hamson led the Cougars to an 11-1 record in September with 170 kills (4.05 per set), 19 service aces, 110 digs (2.62 per set) and 53 blocks (1.26 per set). The Cougars had an eight-match winning streak with Hamson at the helm, defeating rival Utah and winning two tournament crowns. She also played a key role in BYU's first wins in the WCC. Hamson set a career record of 21 kills and 54 attempts in a match and tied her season high of eight blocks against Loyola Marymount. Hamson currently leads the league in kills per set and places second in blocks per set.

Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Kim Hill, PEP, Lauren Corp, SMC, Chloe Ferrari, USD; Vendula Strakova, USF

MEN'S GOLF
ALEX CHING, SR., SAN DIEGO
In his first tournament to his senior campaign, San Diego senior Alex Ching shared medalist honors at the Mark Simpson Colorado Invitational with his 11-under par 205 (69-66-70). The event was played at the Colorado National Golf Club (par 72; 7741 yards) on Sept. 12-13. He followed that up with a top-10 performance at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational with a three-round total of 212 (71-71-70) on the Eisenhower Blue Course. As a team, USD placed 4th at the Mark Simpson (15 teams) and tied for 8th at the Falcon Invitational (19 teams). For his two tournaments, Ching is averaging 69.5 (six rounds).

Also Nominated: Zac Blair, BYU; Tyler Torano, LMU; Josh Anderson, PEP; Taylor Travis, USF

WOMEN'S GOLF
CAITLIN MCCLEARY, SR., SEATTLE
Seattle University senior Caitlin McCleary began September by winning the Circling Raven Collegiate Invitational hosted Gonzaga in Worley, Idaho on Sept. 12 and 13. She finished the tournament at even-par 216 and maintained the five-stroke advantage in winning medalist honors. On Sept. 26-27, McCleary finished in a tie for fourth place at the Rose City Collegiate, hosted by Portland State, in Aurora, Ore. A 77 in the third round led to a cumulative score of 224 (+8) and a tie for fourth place. She led the field with 39 pars, was tied for second in par-three scoring (-1), and tied for third in par-four scoring (+5).

Also Nominated: Grace Na (PEP)

MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES)
ALVARO NAZAL, FR., GONZAGA
Nazal made his collegiate debut at the Eastern Washington University Fall Classic Sept. 23-25. Nazal went on to win five straight singles matches to win his first main draw title. His victories include the flight's second seed and two teammates in both the semifinals and finals to win the tournament bracket. Nazal won his first collegiate match 6-1, 7-5 and next round he upset the bracket's second seed 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (11). He would defeat teammate and fourth seed Levin Guillermo 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinal round followed by his teammate, senior Scott Sullivan, in the final round 6-1, 6-1.

Also Nominated: Spencer Smith, BYU; Alex Ferrero, POR

MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)
No nominations.

WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES)
ALE GRANILLO, SO., PEPPERDINE
Sophomore Ale Granillo won the singles title at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Sept. 16-18 in Midland, Texas. The sophomore went a perfect 5-0 to win the first tournament of her collegiate career. She opened the tournament versus players from Texas Tech and Nebraska before upsetting #122-ranked and seventh seeded Anastasia Erofeeva of Tulsa, 6-2, 7-5. In the semifinals, Granillo split sets with Texas Christian's Stephanie Tan before defeating her 6-3 in the third frame. The marathon weekend came to a close following a 6-2, 6-1 win over another Simona Parajova.

Also Nominated: Aubrey Paul, BYU; Katie Edwards, GON; Juliette Coupez, USD; Katie Le, SCU

WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES)
KHUNPAK ISSARA & LORRAINE GUILLERMO, PEPPERDINE
Khunpak Issara paired with newcomer Lorraine Guillermo at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invitational on Sept. 16-18 in Midland, Texas. The pair opened the season with an 8-4 win over Texas Christian's Federica Denti and Simona Parajova. In the quarterfinals, they eliminated Natalie Beazant and Dominique Harmath of Rice, 8-4. It was an evenly matched semifinal matchup, but the Waves were edged 9-7 by Kenna Kilgo and Samantha Adams of Texas Tech. Kilgo and Adams were eventually crowned the tournament doubles champions.

Also Nominated: Aubrey Paul and Lisa Waldron, BYU; Elisaveta Pironkova and Reka Rohonyi, LMU; Juliette Coupez & Laura Claus, USD