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Pepperdine Captures Fifth Straight West Coast Conference Championship

April 18, 2006

Copperopolis, Calif. -

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Freshman Jayvie Agojo became the fifth straight Pepperdine player and eighth in the last nine years to claim individual medalist honors as she helped the eighth-ranked Waves capture their fifth straight West Coast Conference (WCC) women's golf championship Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 5,823-yard Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, California.

Agojo finished with a 54-hole score of 5-over par 221 to register a two-shot victory over teammate and three-time WCC champion Carolina Llano, who turned in a 7-over par total of 223.

All five Pepperdine players finished in the Top 10 to help the Waves record a three-round total of 899 and register a 25-shot victory over San Francisco. The Dons finished with a score of 924.

Santa Clara (952) was third, followed by Gonzaga (973) and Portland (984).

"I am pleased with the result and happy for Jayvie," head coach Laurie Gibbs said. "We played well throughout the tournament and look forward to carrying that momentum into the NCAA Regionals.

"It is an impressive accomplishment for a freshman to capture individual medalist honors at the conference championships and should provide her with a lot of confidence as she heads into her first NCAA Regionals," Gibbs added.

Sophomores Leanne Bowditch and Marina Choi tied for fifth place with 13-over par scores of 229 while junior Eileen Vargas carded an 18-over par score of 234.

All five Waves players were named All-WCC while Agojo was selected Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Gibbs was tabbed the conference's Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and seventh time in the last nine years.

Pepperdine is off until the NCAA Regionals that are scheduled to get underway on May 11. The Waves will be making their ninth straight regional championship appearance and 10th overall.