April 28, 2011
SAN BRUNO, Calif. --- The West Coast Conference announced its 2011 All-WCC Women's Tennis Team and postseason award winners, as voted on by the conference coaches on Wednesday, April 27.
Saint Mary's senior Alex Poorta ended her collegiate career on a high note, earning the first ever WCC Player of the Year honor for the Gaels, while Santa Clara's Katie Le began her collegiate career by leading an impressive 2010-11 season at the No. 1 spot for the Broncos and garnering Freshman of the Year accolades. San Diego head coach Sherri Stephens earned her second Coach of the Year award after leading the Toreros to one of its most successful seasons in program history (18-5) and a runner-up finish in this year's WCC Championships.
The 2011 all-conference first team was selected by the conference coaches, based on overall season performance. All-WCC Second Team members were chosen based on the same criteria, plus performance at the recent WCC Championships.
This year's first team saw two new faces in Loyola Marymount sophomore April Bisharat and San Diego sophomore Laura Claus. Bisharat played No. 1 for the Lions in all matches but one and went undefeated at the 2011 conference championships. Claus strung together a 14-2 dual record at the No. 3 singles position for the Toreros, while recording a 4-1 campaign against WCC opponents.
The first team for doubles had a repeat pair from last year's All-WCC team in Pepperdine's Anamika Bhargava and Marie Zalameda. The top pair in the Waves' lineup ended the regular season ranked No. 66 in the ITA doubles rankings with a 12-8 overall record. Teammates Ale Granillo and Khunpak Issara, the No. 2 pair for the Waves, also made it to the list after posting a team-high 9-1 record in dual play this season, good enough to climb to No. 49 in the ITA rankings. San Diego's top doubles pair of Juliette Coupez and Stephanie Hoffpauir rounded out the All-WCC first team after putting together a 10-7 dual record and ITA ranking of No. 71.
Below is the full list of All-WCC First and Second Team members in singles and doubles, including honorable mention selections.
2011 WCC Women's Tennis Postseason Award Winners
Player of the Year: Alex Poorta, Saint Mary's
Freshman of the Year: Katie Le, Santa Clara
Coach of the Year: Sherri Stephens, San Diego
All-WCC First Team Singles
Alex Poorta, Saint Mary's
Anamika Bhargava, Pepperdine
April Bisharat, Loyola Marymount
Arianna Colffer, Pepperdine
Catherine Isip, Saint Mary's
Laura Claus, San Diego
All-WCC Second Team Singles
Claire Soper, Saint Mary's
Juliette Coupez, San Diego
Katie Le, Santa Clara
Lacey Pflibsen, Portland
Khunpak Issara, Pepperdine
Stephanie Hoffpauir, San Diego
Honorable Mention: Andrea Oates, PEP; Anna Depenau, USD; Cecilia Gratian, USF; Jenny Jullien, SMC; Josymar Escalona, USD; Kacie Wagner, SCU; Kelly Lamble, SCU; Maja Sujica, USD; Rika Mendhiratta, GON
All-WCC First Team Doubles
Ale Granillo/Khunpak Issara, Pepperdine
Anamika Bhargava/Marie Zalameda, Pepperdine
Juliette Coupez/Stephanie Hoffpauir, San Diego
All-WCC Second Team Doubles
April Bisharat/Melissa Valenzuela, Loyola Marymount
Claire Soper/Jenny Jullien, Saint Mary's
Jessica Agra/Katie Le, Santa Clara
Honorable Mention: Anna Depenau/Maja Sujica, USD; Catherine Isip/Laurie Gingras, SMC; Cecile Duriez/Yurie Hashiguchi, USF; Danielle Farmer/Rika Mendhiratta, GON; Josymar Escalona/Laura Claus, USD; Kelly Lamble/Maggie McGeorge, SCU; Lacey Pflibsen/Valeska Hoath, POR