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WCC Announces Commissioner's Cup Update Presented by Comcast Cable

Dec. 16, 2009

San Bruno, Calif. - With the fall sports regular season coming to a close last weekend, the West Coast Conference announced the first update of the WCC Commissioner's Cup. The Commissioner's Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play. A Men's and Women's All-Sports Award, recognizing athletic achievement within each gender, will also be presented. Last year, San Diego won its second consecutive Commissioner's Cup with a conference championship in women's volleyball and top three finishes in men's and women's soccer, women's rowing, men's and women's tennis, and men's golf.

With the conclusion of the 2009 fall season, Portland leads the standings with 28 points, after taking home the men's cross country championship title and the women's soccer conference crown. Loyola Marymount, with 26.5 points, sits just 1.5 points behind Portland with second place finishes in both the men's and women's cross country championships and a third place finish in men's soccer. Rounding out the top three is Santa Clara with 25 points, whose women's soccer team finished in second place and also had fourth place finishes at both the men's and women's cross country championships. Just behind Santa Clara is San Diego with 24.5 points, whose fall season was highlighted by winning the men's soccer conference title and finishing second in women's volleyball.

As a league, the WCC's fall season had several highlights. In men's cross country, Portland set a nation leading streak of 31 straight conference titles, and had its runner Alfred Kipchumba break the overall course record at the WCC Cross Country Championships on his way to being named an All-American. In women's cross country, Santa Clara's Stephanie Wilson became just the second female runner in conference history to be named an All-American with her showing at the NCAA Championships. In men's soccer, the WCC sent four of the seven teams to the NCAA Tournament with Portland advancing to the Third Round. In women's soccer, three teams made it to the postseason, with Portland making it to the Elite 8 and becoming the top scoring team in the nation in the process. Finally, in women's volleyball, Saint Mary's captured its first ever conference championship with a thrilling five-set victory over San Diego. The Gaels defeated UC Santa Barbara in five sets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and almost defeated host Stanford in the second, taking the Cardinal to five sets.

The recipient of the Commissioner's Cup is based on a point system, reflecting the place finish of each team in conference play. The Men's and Women's All-Sports Awards are given to the schools that accumulate the most points within each particular gender sport. The institution with the highest point total after combining the men's and women's point totals will be honored with the Commissioner's Cup.

Fall 2009 Commissioner's Cup Standings
Updated 11/24/09
Portland - 28.0
Loyola Marymount - 26.5
Santa Clara - 25.0
San Diego - 24.5
San Francisco - 23.0
Saint Mary's - 19.5
Pepperdine - 17.5
Gonzaga - 15.0

Men's All-Sports
Portland - 13.0
Loyola Marymount - 13.0
Saint Mary's - 9.0
San Diego - 9.0
San Francisco - 9.0
Santa Clara - 9.0
Gonzaga - 6.0
Pepperdine - 3.0

Women's All-Sports
Santa Clara - 16.0
San Diego - 15.5
Portland - 15.0
Pepperdine - 14.5
San Francisco - 14.0
Loyola Marymount - 13.5
Saint Mary's - 10.5
Gonzaga - 9.0