VOLLEYBALL -Katie Wilkins, Pepperdine
Junior outside hitter Katie Wilkins turned in a excellent month as she totaled 147 kills, hit .444, recorded 12 service aces and 75 digs. In 25 games, Wilkins averaged 5.88 kills per game and 3.00 digs per game. In Pepperdine??s eight matches, Wilkins reached double-digit kill totals seven times, recorded three double-doubles, hit over .300 seven times, and had a hitting percentage of .400 or better five times. Wilkins also had a hitting percentage of .500 or better four times, which included a .514 hitting percentage against then-#1 USC and .591 mark against #11 Santa Clara. Wilkins had 20 or more kills four times, including a career-best 29 against Santa Clara. The Lakeside, CA native, helped the Waves to a 7-1 record in the month, with the only loss coming to USC.
MEN??S SOCCER - Josh Hansen, San Francisco
The month of October witnessed San Francisco??s climb to the top of the WCC men??s soccer standings thanks to the play of Josh Hansen. The junior forward had an outstanding October, registering six goals and assisting on two more. The Dons entered the month with a 4-4 record, but with Hansen leading the way, USF captured six of their next seven games and upped their record to 10-5-0. During this span, the Phoenix, AZ native registered two multi-goal games, striking for two scores in the Dons?? win over Harvard and then posting his first career hat-trick in a 4-0 victory over WCC rival Saint Mary??s. Hansen now ranks in the top 10 in the WCC in every offensive category, most notably ranking second in the conference in goals and points per game.
WOMEN??S SOCCER - Anna Picarelli, Pepperdine
Freshman goalkeeper Anna Picarelli has been outstanding in goal since assuming the starting assignment on October 18. In four matches in goal, Picarelli has posted a 4-0-0 record and recorded a 0.22 goals-against average. She has posted shutout wins against Gonzaga, No. 2 Portland and No. 4 Santa Clara. Picarelli??s lone goal allowed came versus San Diego when the Toreros scored after being down 3-0. Picarelli came up with big saves late in the contest against both Portland and Santa Clara that helped preserve victories and allow Pepperdine to become the first WCC team to defeat both Portland and Santa Clara in the same season. She had a key save with 10 minutes remaining against Santa Clara that helped assure the 1-0 victory.
WOMEN??S GOLF - Lindsey Wright, Pepperdine
In October, Lindsey Wright proved to be one of the best amateur women??s golfers on any continent. Wright tied USC??s Mikaela Parmlid for the individual title at the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational hosted by the University of Washington at the Tacoma Golf and Country Club. Parmlid would beat Wright in a one-hole playoff after both players completed the tournament with a five-under par total of 214. For the tournament, Wright carded rounds of 73-71-70. The Australia native then helped her home country win the World Women??s Amateur Championships held in Malaysia. Wright finished tied for second in the individual standings, firing rounds of 77-70-70-72.
MEN??S GOLF - Joe Lanza, Saint Mary??s and Chris Elliott, Pepperdine
Pepperdine??s Chris Elliott and Saint Mary??s Joe Lanza, though underclassmen, golfed like seasoned veterans for their respective teams. Elliott, just a freshman, tied for third place in the individual standings at the 12-team Club Glove Intercollegiate Tournament leading the Waves to a second place finish. Elliott was undaunted by the loaded tournament field, which included five teams ranked in the top 50 in the nation. He shot a three-under par total of 213 after carding rounds of 71-70-72. Lanza was just as impressive, capturing first place in the individual standings at the Santa Clara Invitational and leading the Gaels past the Broncos in a final playoff round. Lanza was the only player in the field to shoot under par, firing rounds of 69-77-69 for a three round total of 215.