Aug. 31, 2009
Both Kiah Fiers and Danielle Foxhoven helped their respective teams go undefeated last week on their way to winning WCC Player of the Week honors.
Fiers (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif./Peninsula HS) was named Tournament MVP of the Colorado State Asics Classic, leading Pepperdine (3-0) to a season-opening three wins over then-#24 Colorado State (ending the Rams' 28-match home winning streak), Cal Poly and Oregon State.
"Kiah was very deserving of this week's honor," Pepperdine Coach Nina Matthies said. "She is just a fantastic leader on the court with our young players. She executed the offense brilliantly. She has worked hard and played great."
Fiers averaged 10.30 assists, 2.40 digs, 0.80 kills, 0.50 blocks and 0.20 service aces in 10 sets. Most impressive was how Fiers got her entire offense involved, as in a balanced attack she had five teammates average between 3.4 and 1.5 kills. Fiers had a double-double against Colorado State with 30 assists and 12 digs. She had 28 assists against Cal Poly and 45 assists and eight digs vs. Oregon State.
Foxhoven nabbed West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors after scoring four of UP's six goals during wins over No. 16 California and No. 24 Washington last weekend. Foxhoven, Portland's leading scorer last season, needed just five shots to score her four goals and two game-winners.
Foxhoven also landed on Top Drawer Soccer's Team of the Week.
On Friday, Foxhoven netted Portland's first two goals against the Golden Bears, with the first coming just 2:20 into the contest. Her second strike came in the 20th minute to give the Pilots a two-goal cushion. The Pilots would go on to defeat Cal 4-0 in front of the third largest crowd in Merlo Field history.
Foxhoven continued her offensive onslaught on Sunday with both of Portland's goals during a 2-0 shutout of the Huskies in Seattle. Both of her strikes came from distance during the first half. In the 22nd minute, Foxhoven took a cross from junior Jessica Tsao and cracked a curling shot from 22 yards out that found the back of the net just inside the right post to give UP the 1-nil advantage. In the 39th minute, Foxhoven found the top-left corner with a shot from the top of the box.