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WCC Players of the Week Announced

Oct. 8, 2007

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - The WCC recognized four student-athletes this week with WCC Player of the Week honors. Loyola Marymount's Katie Osborne was named the WCC women's soccer Player of the Week, while San Francisco's Sarah Mandala earned volleyball Player of the Week honors. Gonzaga's Vito Higgins and Portland's Austin Guerrero were named WCC men's soccer co-Players of the Week.

WCC PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - Oct. 8
SPORT NAME
WEEKLY SUMMARY
VOLLEYBALL

Sarah Mandala, USF
FR - OPP
Freshman opposite Sarah Mandala led San Francisco in a sweep of WCC rivals Saint Mary's and Santa Clara last weekend. The Dons haven't defeated the Broncos since November 9, 1989 when Mandala was just three months old. Mandala posted her first double-double of the season in the WCC home opener against Saint Mary's, tallying 14 kills and 12 digs. In the historic match against Santa Clara, Mandala had 11 kills, eight digs, four blocks and a pair of service aces. Mandala recorded a .340 hitting percentage and 4.17 kills per game on the week, to go along with 3.33 digs per game and 1.50 blocks per game.
CO-MEN'S SOCCER

Vito Higgins, GON
SR - GK
Higgins, who also earned WCC Co-Player of the Week honors last week, collected a pair of shutouts this past weekend. Higgins tallied five saves in a 1-0 Bulldog victory over Saint Mary's on Friday before notching another shutout with three saves in a 2-0 win at San Francisco on Sunday.
CO-MEN'S SOCCER

Austin Guerrero, POR
FR - GK
Guerrero's effort nearly mirrored that of Higgins, as Portland's freshman netminder also posted shutouts versus Saint Mary's and San Francisco. Guerrero collected six saves in a 1-0 victory at San Francisco on Friday before picking up two more saves in a scoreless draw at Saint Mary's on Sunday. Both goalkeepers moved into a tie for the conference lead with four shutouts on the season.
WOMEN'S SOCCER

Katie Osborne, LMU
SR - F
LMU senior forward Katie Osborne had an outstanding week, scoring a goal andproviding two assists as the Lions won both of their games to extend theirschool-record winning streak to eight matches. On Thursday against Hawai'i,Osborne broke a scoreless tie in the second half with her fourth goal of theseason, tying her for the team lead. It was also her second game-winninggoal of the year. Osborne wasn't done, providing an assist on the insurancegoal in the 2-0 win. She capped the week on Sunday, setting up thegame-winning goal in the 80th minute in what would eventually be another 2-0victory.