SAN BRUNO, Calif.- The West Coast Conference announced Tuesday that Pepperdine University senior Lorraine Guillermo has been named the 2015 WCC Player of the Year, while teammate Laura Gulbe of Riga, Latvia received the WCC Freshman of the Year nod, and the Coach of the Year honor was awarded to Per Nillson as selected by the league coaches. A total of 23 singles student-athletes, and 12 doubles teams were recognized as All-Conference honorees.
Guillermo ranked No. 9 in conference singles compiled a 28-6 overall record this season, and a 14-3 at No. 1 in dual play and 6-1 against league opponents. The Walnut Creek, California, native posted a 10-4 ledger over nationally ranked singles opponents, including two wins over top-5 players. She won a stretch of 12 consecutive matches between February and March. The three-time All-WCC honoree in both singles and doubles, garnered All-WCC First Team honorees, plays No. 1 singles and doubles for the Waves.
Gulbe earned the rookie of the year honor after posting a 13-6 singles mark in the No. 2 flight for the Waves. She enters the tournament 11-5 in dual play, including a 10-5 mark at No. 2, and is 6-0 against WCC opponents.
Nilsson guided the Waves to earning the WCC Regular-Season title, four in total, since the league's teams began playing every other squad. The Wave finished the regular season title 14-6, 8-1 in league play, and have won a league best 24 title.
The women's team will kick off the WCC tennis championships on Wednesday, April 22 with the first serve at 9 a.m.
2015 WCC Women's Tennis Postseason Award Winners
Player of the Year: Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine
Freshman of the Year: Laura Gulbe, Pepperdine
Coach of the Year: Per Nilsson, Pepperdine
All-WCC First Team Singles
Katie Edwards, Gonzaga
Lorraine Guillermo, Pepperdine
Laura Gulbe, Pepperdine
Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai, Pepperdine
Lucia Butkovska, Portland
Andrea Ka, San Francisco
All-WCC Second Team Singles
Jessica Perez, LMU
Hana Ritterova, Pacific
Maja Mladenovic, Portland
Danielle Flores, Saint Mary's
Thyra Taune, San Francisco
Delphine Rouvillois, Santa Clara
Singles Honorable Mention: Nicolette Tran, BYU; Toby Miclat, BYU; Savannah Ware, BYU; Morgan Anderson, BYU; Iveta Masarova, Pacific; Matea Cutura, Pepperdine; Jana McCord, Saint Mary's; Jamie Pawid, Saint Mary's; Kareena Manji, Saint Mary's; Drew Spinosa, San Diego; Millica Hadzi-Tanovic, San Francisco
All-WCC First-Team Doubles
Lorraine Guillermo and Apichaya Runglerdkriangkrai, Pepperdine
Matea Cutura and Christine Maddox, Pepperdine
Andrea Ka and Marina Nikolic, San Francisco
*All-WCC Second-Team Doubles
Jamie Pawid and Kareena Manji, Saint Mary's
Parminder Kaur and Jana McCord, Saint Mary's
Lucia Butkovska and Jelena Lazarevic, Portland
Hana Ritterova and Iveta Masarova, Pacific
*Due to two teams receiving the same votes.
Doubles Honorable Mention: Nicolette Tran and Savannah Ware, BYU; Katie Edwards and Samantha Polayes, Gonzaga; Maja Mladenovic and Sophie van den Aarssen, Portland; Drew Spinosa and Dana Oppinger, San Diego; Nabila Farah and Daniella Silva, Santa Clara