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LMU Senior Rafael Baca Earns WCC Player of the Week After Scoring Twice Against Portland For Chance at WCC Title

Nov. 8, 2010

SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With all fall round robin sports starting to wind down, strong performances around the West Coast Conference continue to be recognized. Below are this week's WCC Players of the Week selections.

Men's Soccer Player of the Week
Rafael Baca, Loyola Marymount, SR, F
Senior Rafael Baca helped LMU take another step closer to its first WCC title when he scored twice on Friday to beat Portland 3-1. After LMU fell a goal behind in the pivotal matchup and then pulled even, Baca snapped a personal 10-game scoring drought with the game-winning goal two minutes before the break by firing home from 10 yards out for his second goal of the year. He then added an insurance goal in the second half for his third two-goal game of his career. Baca's goals also moved him into fourth place on LMU's career goals (19) and points (55) lists. He continued to lead the Lions on Sunday, helping LMU overcome a 2-0 first-half deficit for a 3-2 victory that pushed the Lions into a tie for first place in the WCC.

Also Nominated: Patrick Wallen, USD; Erik Hurtado, SCU

Women's Soccer Player of the Week
Callie Payetta, Pepperdine, SO, F
Sophomore forward Callie Payetta had two goals and an assist in Pepperdine's 3-2 home win over #14 Santa Clara. She scored the first goal of the game, had the primary assist as Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead, then scored the game-winning penalty kick in the 75th minute. The goals were her second and third of the season. It was the first multi-goal game of her career. For the season, she finished with three goals, two assists and eight points.

Also Nominated: Jordan Marada, SMC; Stephanie Ochs, USD

Volleyball Player of the Week
Ali Troost, San Diego, SR, RS
Senior right side Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 3-1 win over Saint Mary's College to keep the Toreros perfect in the WCC and into a two-game lead over the Gaels. USD also extended its winning streak to 12 with the win. Troost paced the Torero offense with 21 kills, only committed one error to hit for a .488 clip and she racked up 14 digs to post a double-double. She also chipped in with three blocks.

Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Marissa Plummer, POR; Joan Caloiaro, USF; Tanya Schmidt, SCU