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Nine Student-Athletes Named to WCC All-Academic Team

May 25, 2006

Malibu, Calif. - A total of nine Pepperdine student-athletes were named to the 2006 West Coast Conference (WCC) All-Academic team, it was announced by the conference office Thursday. Student-athletes representing women's tennis, men's tennis, baseball and women's golf were honored as each excelled in his or her respective sport as well as in the classroom.

To be considered, a student-athlete must earn at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (GPA), while also being a significant contributor to his or her team.

The Pepperdine women's tennis team had a school-high four players selected as senior Natalie Braverman, juniors Eva Dickes and Caroline Raba and sophomore Bianca Dulgheru were named all-academic. Braverman graduated with a 3.40 GPA in business administration and finished the season with an 18-5 overall record. Dickes, who boasts a 3.62 GPA in economics, ended the season with a 20-4 record in singles, while Raba, who competed at the No. 3 singles and doubles position, holds a 3.25 GPA in international business. Dulgheru, a Spanish major with a 3.61 GPA, has led the Waves at the No. 1 singles position and competed in her second straight NCAA Singles Championships. She teams up with Dickes as the duo play in its first NCAA Doubles Championships.

Senior Scott Doerner and junior Richard Johnson earned all-academic for men's tennis as they helped lead the team to its first-ever NCAA Men's Tennis National Championship., Doerner graduates this summer with a 3.49 GPA in international management and has led the team at the No. 1 singles and doubles position. Johnson, who boasts a 3.75 GPA in biology, finished the season with a 19-13 record in singles playing No. 3-5.

Senior infielder Nick Kliebert and junior catcher Chad Tracy represented Pepperdine in the baseball all-academic squad. Kliebert, a business administration major with a 3.63 GPA, is currently batting .360 with 34 RBI, while Tracy, an advertising major with a 3.26 GPA, is batting .323 with five home runs and a team-high 41 RBI.

Senior golfer Carolina Llano graduated with a 3.50 GPA in international business and is currently competing with her team at the NCAA Women's Golf Championships in Columbus, Ohio where the team is third as it heads into the final round.