Feb. 5, 2014
SAN BRUNO, Calif. – Pepperdine enters the 2014 Spring season ranked No. 11 according to Golfstat and was picked to win the 2014 West Coast Conference Championship in a poll of the league coaches. The Waves captured 16 points and the maximum of four first-place votes and have won 12 consecutive WCC crowns and 15 of the last 16 overall.
Pepperdine’s entire lineup earned a spot on the All-WCC Preseason squad. Sophomore Marissa Chow and three-time All-American senior Grace Na headline the field. Chow, the WCC Player of the Month for November, is the top-rated individual at No. 16, followed by Na, a three-time WCC Player of the Year, at No. 34. Junior Alina Ching, senior Liv Cheng and junior Somin Lee also earned spots on the preseason squad.
Gonzaga was picked second in the poll with 13 points and one first place vote. Two Bulldogs made the preseason All-WCC squad – sophomore Raychelle Santos, the league’s reigning Freshman of the Year and junior Alice Kim. The Bulldogs posted a runner-up finish to Pepperdine last season for the second time in three years.
San Francisco was picked third with 10 points and will rely on sophomore Emelie Lundstrom, a preseason All-WCC selection. Santa Clara (6) and BYU (5) rounded out the poll. Junior Kaci McCartan represents the Broncos on the All-WCC preseason team, while sophomore Lea Garner will lead the charge for the Cougars.
The WCC turned in a successful fall season with five tournament championships. Pepperdine and Santa Clara each won a pair, while San Francisco also won a title.
The 2014 West Coast Conference Golf Championships will be held at the Gold Mountain Golf Club in Bremerton, Wash. The tournament runs April 14-16. DETAILS
2014 WEST COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON POLL
|Team (First Place Votes)||Points|
2014 PRESEASON ALL-WEST COAST CONFERENCE TEAM
|Emelie Lundstrom||San Francisco||So.|
|Kaci McCartan||Santa Clara||Jr.|