Dec. 6, 2006
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Derek Raivio, Gonzaga University
Derek Raivio started his senior campaign in spectacular fashion, leading Gonzaga University to a 7-1 record during the month of November. Raivio reached double figures in scoring in seven of the Bulldogs' eight contests and scored 20 or more points in a game on six different occasions. The Vancouver, Wash. native started the season with a 21-point, four-rebound effort in the Zags' season-opening win over Eastern Washington. After scoring six points in the Bulldogs' win over Rice, Raivio's scoring output soared over Gonzaga's final six games, with an 18 point effort in GU's win over Baylor being the lowest scoring tally during that span. He then posted back-to-back 21-point performances in the Bulldogs' wins over Texas-San Antonio and then-No. 2 North Carolina in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off Classic. He rounded out the month by scoring 20 points versus Butler, 24 points versus Idaho, and 20 points versus Portland State. Raivio did most of his damage from beyond the arc, knocking down 21 threes on the month on a 45.7 percent clip. The 6-3 guard was also extremely efficient from the free throw line, converting 38-of-41 attempts for a 92.7 percentage. For the month, Raivio averaged 18.9 points per game to go along with 4.5 rebounds per game and 2.3 assists per game.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Amber Sprague, University of San Diego
Amber Sprague was tabbed for WCC Player of the Month honors after leading San Diego to the best start in program history, as the Toreros jumped out of the gate to a 5-0 record during the month of November. Sprague, who sat out all of last season due to injury, averaged 17.0 points per game during the first month of the season, and led the conference in rebounding with 8.8 boards per contest. The sophomore also averaged a WCC-best 3.0 steals per game in November, while pacing the circuit with an average of 2.6 blocks per game. Sprague started the campaign off with a bang, dropping in 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in USD's season-opening win over Cal State Northridge, and duplicated her 22-point scoring output in the Toreros' victory over UC Riverside on November 14. The San Diego native just missed another double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds in a victory over cross-town rival San Diego State, and poured in 23 points in a win over Georgia Tech on November 26. Sprague tied a conference single-game high with five blocks in the win over UC Riverside and collected five steals on two occasions, setting a team-high with five swipes against both Cal State Northridge and Air Force.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL - Christie Dawson, University of San Diego
Christie Dawson helped the Toreros take home the 2006 West Coast Conference crown in November, leading the team to a 5-1 record for the month. Dawson averaged 4.45 kills per game, while hitting at a conference leading.486 clip in November, helping San Diego earn wins over then-No. 22 Santa Clara, Loyola Marymount, Gonzaga, Portland and Cal State Fullerton. Against the Broncos, Dawson posted 17 kills on just one error, hitting .571 for the match. The senior middle blocker topped that performance with 22 kills and just one error in the win over Gonzaga, posting a .606 attack percentage. In the Toreros' only loss in November, the Apple Valley, CA native led San Diego with 17 kills and three blocks, while hitting at a .324 clip. Dawson earned WCC Player of the Week honors the week of November 14 and capped the month with an All-WCC First Team selection.
WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL - Kiah Fiers, Pepperdine University
Kiah Fiers helped Pepperdine become the only WCC team with an unblemished league record during the month of November. The freshman setter averaged 11.86 assists and 2.55 digs per game in helping the Waves defeat two nationally ranked teams during the month in then-No. 15 San Diego and then-No. 20 Santa Clara. Pepperdine posted its biggest win against then-No. 15 San Diego, with Fiers dishing out 48 assists, while recording 17 digs and eight kills. The Rolling Hills, CA native had her best match against San Francisco, posting 56 assists and setting the Waves to a .372 hitting percentage. As a direct result of her efforts, Pepperdine ranked second in the WCC in hitting percentage for the month. Fiers was rewarded for her success with the WCC Freshman of the Year award at the end of the month.