Nov. 15, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. ---With WCC men's and women's basketball now in action, WCC Players of the Week were selected for volleyball, men's soccer and our two fresh winter sports. Below are this week's selections.
VOLLEYBALL - Kim Hill, Pepperdine
The Waves played two matches last week against Portland and Gonzaga. In those two contests, junior opposite side hitter Kim Hill committed just two attack errors total to finish with a .373 attack percentage and a team-high 27 kills. Other totals include 19 digs - the most of any hitter - and a tied-for-team-high nine blocks. Hill, a native of Portland, Ore., tallied the second double-double of her career during Thursday's match against the Pilots. In addition to her 13 put aways on offense, she also had a solid night on defense with a five blocks and a career-high 15 digs. Hill followed that up with 14 kills on a .481 success rate versus Gonzaga on Saturday.
Also Nominated: Madison Smith, POR; Megan York, SMC; Amy DeGroot, USD
MEN'S SOCCER - Patrick Wallen, San Diego
Sophomore forward Patrick Wallen had two starts scoring three goals on four shots on goal. He had a .667 SOG% and was one for one from the PK mark. Wallen also had the game winner in both matches defeating San Francisco and Saint Mary's.
In San Diego's Friday match, regulation ended with the score knotted at one. Wallen wasted little time ending the game with his team-leading 10th goal in the 96th minute. The sophomore forward connected from the top corner of the box for the winning score as Sergio Carranza received the assist on the play. On Sunday against the Gaels, Wallen lit up the second half for the Toreros recording his fourth two-goal match of the season. His first goal came in the 54th minute when Saint Mary's had a hand ball in the penalty box setting up a penalty kick, which he fired in lower right tying the game up at 2-2. Less than a minute later, Wallen punched in another shot from six yards out. Conor McFadden sent a ball in from the near side to Christian Duke, who settled the ball off his chest and gave it a quick touch into the goalkeeper box. Wallen quickly fired off a shot to take a 3-2 lead lifting USD on to the win.
Also Nominated: David Ponce, LMU; Brandon Zimmerman, SCU
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Luke Sikma, Portland & Steven Gray, GON
Senior forward Luke Sikma was named the tournament MVP of the Athletes in Action Classic hosted by Portland last weekend. The Bellevue, Wash. senior averaged 11.3 points and 13.0 rebounds in leading the Pilots to a perfect 3-0 record. Sikma dominated Portland's 89-75 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday, finishing with 15 points, 19 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. He matched his career high in both rebounds and blocked shots. He also posted a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds in Friday's season-opening 80-60 win over UW-Milwaukee in 28 minutes. He scored five points with eight rebounds in only 24 minutes in UP's 75-60 win over UC Davis after Portland led by as much as 26 points in the first half. Sikma shot .560 from the field, went 2-for-3 on three-pointers and 4-for-5 at the free throw line. He also led Portland with six blocked shots and had three steals.
Senior guard Steven Gray averaged 21.0 points, 8.5 assists, 7.5 rebounds and 3.5 steals as Gonzaga opened the season with two home victories. In a 117-72 season-opening win over Southern on Friday, Gray had 25 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals in 28 minutes. He followed up that effort with 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals in an 86-56 win over IUPUI in the opening round of the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. Gray's 17 points against IUPUI gives him 1,000 for his career and makes him just the 33rd Gonzaga player ever to achieve that feat.
Also Nominated: Stephen Holt, SMC; Darian Norris, USD; Marc Trasolini, SCU
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Katelan Redmon, Gonzaga
Junior guard Katelan Redmon averaged 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists and shot a blistering 76.2 percent from the floor over the first two games for Gonzaga. Redmon scored 17 points, grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and had two steals in GU's 79-73 setback to USC. She then turned around two days later and scored a game-high 22 points, had eight boards and four assists in 21 minutes of action in the Zags' 114-40 win over Whitman. The 74-point victory was the largest margin of victory in school history.
Also Nominated: Natalie Day, POR; Louella Tomlinson, SMC