Oct. 18, 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
David Ponce, SO, F, Loyola Marymount
Sophomore David Ponce continued to provide offense for the Lions as he scored twice, including the game-winner in overtime, to help LMU stay perfect in WCC play with Wednesday's 2-1 win over San Diego. Ponce would get his opener in the 34th minute, heading in a cross from junior Alex Greenman at the far post. After USD equalized and the game went into overtime, he smashed home the game-winner 2:12 into the extra period by latching on to the end of a cross from junior Tyler Krumpe and turning in the box before firing high into the top right corner from close range. It was Ponce's first career two-goal game and gives him four goals on the season, three in conference play, and three game-winners.
Also Nominated: Colin Flynn, Gonzaga; Jarad vanSchaik, Portland
Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Natalie Garcia, JR, D, San Diego
Junior defender Natalie Garcia tallied two goals and had one game-winning assist, and she helped anchor down the defensive efforts all weekend long to help USD post a 2-0-0 record this past week and improve to 2-1-0 in WCC matches. In Friday's 4-1 win over USF, Garcia tallied a pair of goals, which is a career high for her, falling just one goal shy of a hat trick. She also racked up one assist in Sunday's win over SMC, assisting on the game-winning goal in the 87th minute of play. These were her first goals of the season.
Also Nominated: Lauren Ames, Gonzaga; Danielle Foxhoven, Portland; Maxine Goynes, Santa Clara
Volleyball Player of the Week
Lilla Frederick, Pepperdine, JR, OH
Junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick led Pepperdine in back-to-back 3-0 wins against Gonzaga and Portland this week. She tagged down a career-best 17 kills (17 K, 3 E, 35 A, .400 pct.) versus the Bulldogs on Thursday, before collecting 15 put aways (15, 2, 23, .565) against the Pilots on Saturday. She also tallied a team-high 11 digs versus Portland to record her third double-double of the season, and 14th of her career. She averaged a team-best 5.33 kills/set this week on a .466 (32-5-58) attack percentage. Defensively, she concluded the week with a 3.17 digs/set average with a total of 19. Of note: In the second frame against Gonzaga, she recorded a kill on four consecutive points and finished the set with nine. Versus Portland, she scored five of the last six points in the third set for Pepperdine, including three-straight kills to set up match point.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, Loyola Marymount; Shannon Lowell, Saint Mary's; Kelsi Myers, San Diego