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Bianca Dulgheru and Head Coach Gualberto Escudero Earn Top WCC Honors

May 2, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - Pepperdine sophomore women's tennis player Bianca Dulgheru was named the West Coast Conference (WCC) Player of the Year and earned All-WCC first team along with senior Natalie Braverman and sophomore Sylvia Kosakowski, while head coach Gualberto Escudero was named the WCC Co-Coach of the Year, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Dulgheru, who leads WCC singles competitors with a national ranking of No. 22 and holds an 18-3 record, became the first Wave since Charlotte Vernaz in 2002 to receive the honor. Braverman earned her third All-WCC selection after posting a 17-5 record, while No. 66 Kosakowski, who notched a 13-7 record, received the honors for the first time.

The conference coaches selected a first-ever All-WCC second team with two Waves appearing on the squad. Senior Merve Asimgil and junior Eva Dickes were named to the second team after posting records of 12-8 and 19-3, respectively.

The No. 17 nationally-ranked doubles team of Merve Asimgil and Sylvia Kosakowski earned a spot on the Doubles All-WCC first team, while the No. 31 Wave duo of Bianca Dulgheru and Eva Dickes represented Pepperdine on the second team.

Escudero, who shares the honor with LMU head coach Jamie Sanchez, led the Waves to the WCC crown for the fourth consecutive year and coached the team into the Top 10 for the first time since the 2001 season.

Also earning individual awards was Saint Mary's Erin Young, who became the first Gael to take home WCC Freshman of the Year honors.