Dec. 3, 2010
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- With all fall sports seasons almost complete and men's and women's basketball now in full action, the WCC would like to award Player of the Month honors for the month of November.
MEN'S BASKETBALL- Keion Bell, PEP
Pepperdine junior Keion Bell averaged 24.2 points in five games during the month of November. If Bell had not missed two games due to injury, he would have ranked first in scoring in the conference and 10th nationally. He also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He scored more than 20 points in four of the five games, including the fourth 30-point game of his career with 33 against Northern Arizona.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Courtney Vandersloot, GON
Senior guard Courtney Vandersloot averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.4 steals and shot 42.4 percent from the field in leading GU to a 4-3 record in the month of November. Vandersloot closed out the month leading the nation in assists, sixth in double-doubles with four, and was named to the Rainbow Wahine Showdown All-Tournament squad after the Zags went 2-1.
She scored double-figures in all seven games, including two 20-plus point performances. Her best outing came against No. 3 Stanford when she had 24 points, 10 assists, with just one turnover and three steals in the six-point loss.
Also Nominated: Alex Cowling, LMU; Jazmine Jackson, PEP; Dominique Conners, USD
VOLLEYBALL - Ali Troost, USD
2010 WCC Player of the Year senior right side Ali Troost helped lead USD to a 4-1 record and helped the Toreros claim the 2010 WCC Championship. Troost led the team's offense with 80 kills (4.44 kps), hit for a .383 clip, while recording 47 digs and eight blocks. Troost recorded three double-doubles this month in wins over Saint Mary's (21 kills, 14 digs), Santa Clara (15 kills, 10 digs), and in a loss to Pepperdine (21 kills 12 digs). She recorded double-digit kills in all but one match, and twice hit 21 kills. She was named the WCC Player of the Week one on Nov. 8, as she recorded 21 kills, hit for a .480 clip and picked up 14 digs in the win over Saint Mary's on National TV.
Also Nominated: Jasmine Rankins, LMU; Kim Hill, PEP; Marissa Plummer, POR; Shannon Lowell, SMC
MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Trevor Dunbar, POR
Dunbar and the Pilots finished the month of November with a pair of impressive performances against top competition. On November 13th Dunbar finished first overall at the NCAA West Regionals 10k in 29:57.89 which earned him a place on the All-West Region team and USTFCCCA West Region Athlete of the Year. This was the first time that a Pilot, and first non Pac10 runner in the last 25 years, has earned the West Region Athlete of the Year honor. On November 22 Dunbar led the Pilots to a 13th place overall finish at the NCAA National Championship 10k, finishing 25th in 30:21. This top-40 run earned him a place on the 2010 men's cross country All-American team.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Tara Erdmann, LMU
Loyola Marymount's Tara Erdmann earned her second All-American honor becoming LMU's first NCAA Cross Country All-American at NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana at D.1 NCAA National Cross Country Championships. Erdmann placed 25th overall in 20:39.9 for the 6k course. This stellar finish was 3rd from the west region and gives Erdmann her second All-American honor and four national championship appearances in her career at LMU.
MEN'S SOCCER - Patrick Wallen, USD
Sophomore striker Patrick Wallen finished the month of November scoring five goals, lifting USD to a 3-0-1 mark. He finished with 10 points, 12 shots for a .417 shot percentage, and eight shots on goal for a .667 shot on goal percentage with three game winning goals and 2-for-2 on penalty kicks. At the conclusion of the season, Wallen was chosen as the West Coast Conference Player of the Year as well as being named First-Team All-Conference.
USD's road swing at the beginning of November took the Toreros to Gonzaga and Portland. Wallen scored two goals against the Bulldogs in a 2-1 win in Spokane. The Toreros tied 0-0 against Portland. The Toreros returned home where they took the Don's of USF into overtime tied up 1-1. Wallen scored the game-winning goal for USD in the 97th minute giving the Toreros the win. Wrapping up the season against Saint Mary's, Wallen scored early in the second half to tie the match at 2-2 against the Gael's. He followed up with the game-winning goal less than two minutes later for the 3-2 win.
Also Nominated: Rafael Baca, LMU; Erik Hurtado, SMC
CO-WOMEN'S SOCCER - Callie Payetta, PEP & Sophie Schmidt, POR
During the Waves' season finale, sophomore forward Callie Payetta had two goals and an assist in a 3-2 victory over then-#14 Santa Clara. She was named WCC Player of the Week following the performance. Payetta scored the first goal of the game, then had the primary assist as Pepperdine took a 2-0 lead. After Santa Clara tied the contest at 2-2, she scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 75th minute. The goals were her second and third of the season, and it was the first multi-goal game of her career.
Portland senior Sophie Schmidt scored two goals and added an assist in Portland's two playoff games in November. She had a goal and an assist in Portland's 9-0 first round rout of UT-San Antonio and scored Portland's lone goal in a 1-1 tie to Washington in the second round. Schmidt began the month by helping the Canadian National Team win the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying Tournament in Mexico. During the title match against Mexico, a 1-0 win for the Canadians, Schmidt earned her 50th career cap to become the 19th player to reach the milestone in team history.
MEN'S GOLF - Alex Ching, USD
San Diego junior Alex Ching shot his third consecutive 4 under par 67 to post a three-round total of 201 (-12) to win medalist honors at the prestigious 2010 Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas. Ching bested five of the current top-10 ranked players in NCAA Divison I.
This year's field included the U.S. Amateur champion, the NCAA champion and the returning event champion. Thirty-two of the nation's premier collegiate golfers participated in the 36th edition of the tournament that featured returning champion Hunter Hamrick of Alabama, 2010 U.S. Amateur Champion Peter Uihlein (Oklahoma State) and 2010 NCAA Champion Scott Langley (Illinois). Last season, the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic ranked as the No. 1 tournament in the country for the sixth consecutive season, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index.
Besides winning this prestigious tournament, Ching also tied for 23rd at the Gifford Collegiate Championship in early November. He shot 222 (72-73-77).
MEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Ratan Gill, POR
Portland freshman Ratan Gill won the Pacific Northwest Intercollegiate Gold Draw singles title hosted by the University of Washington on the weekend of Nov. 5-7. Three of the Pilot freshman's five matches en route to the title went three sets. Gill opened with a three-set win over Pablo Mosquera Perez of Gonzaga and then handled Sho Higuchi of Oregon in straight sets. In the quarterfinals, Gill meet Alan Shin of Idaho.
In Gill's first collegiate tournament earlier in the fall at the EWU/GU Classic, Gill and Shin met in the top draw, where Shin took down Gill in two sets. The second meeting provided different results as Gill defeated Shin to move on to the semifinals, leading 4-0 in the third set before Shin retired due to injury. In the semifinals and finals, Gill knocked off a pair of Pac-10 opponents from host Washington. He dropped Matt Stith with a come-from-behind three-setter in the semis and then defeated Max Manthou in the title match in two sets.
Also Nominated: Alex Llompart, PEP
MEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Hugh Clarke and Alex Llompart, PEP
The duo reached the finals of the Southern California Intercollegiate Championships. They defeated pairs from UC San Diego, BYU and UCLA en route to the final. It was the first time these two players had paired up this season. Llompart has a season-high seven doubles wins this season, while Clarke follows with six.
WOMEN'S TENNIS (SINGLES) - Andrea Oates, PEP
Oates posted a team-best 2-1 singles record at the Kitty Harrison Tennis Classic. Her only loss came to 24th-ranked Nadine Fahoum of Duke. Oates defeated Sydney Smith of William & Mary (6-1, 6-3) and North Carolina's Haley Hemm (6-0, 2-6, 10-7).
WOMEN'S TENNIS (DOUBLES) - Anamika Bhargava and Marie Zalameda, PEP
Bhargava and Zalameda were split up initially at the Kitty Harrison Tennis Classic, but reunited to win both of their matches at the event. They defeated 44th-ranked Shinann Featherston and Lauren McHale of North Carolina and Duke's Mary Clayton and Ellah Nze.