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September 13, 2006

College preview 2006-07: West Coast Conference

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__2006-07 outlook

Predicted champion:__Pepperdine

Predicted player of the year: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount

NCAA Regional bound: Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Santa Clara, San Diego

__2005-06 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount__

Freshman of the year:__ Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount

Coach of the year: Alex Galvan, Loyola Marymount; Rob Miller, Santa Clara

WCC medalist: Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount

All-WCC First team:

Chadd Cocco, Saint Mary’s**

Alex Coe, Pepperdine

Jason D’Amore, Loyola Marymount*

Josh Escobedo, Loyola Marymount*

Jesse Galvon, San Francisco*

Ryan Gonzalez, San Francisco

Domingo Jojola, San Francisco*

Brian Locke, Loyola Marymount*

Mike McRae, Saint Mary’s*

Michael Nicoletti, Santa Clara

** redshirting in 2006-07

__2006-07 RANKING

Coach:__ John Geiberger, 11th year

NCAAs: MC        WCC:  5th

Events: 13        Wins: 1 (Ashworth Collegiate)

__Top-five finishes:__6

Seniors/starters lost: 6 (Michael Baird, Alex Coe, Chris Elliott, Reed Howard, Adam Porzak, J.J. Wood)

Opening tournament: William H. Tucker Invitational, Albuquerque, N.M., Sept. 22-23

Returning players:

Jesse Barnsley, Jr.—75.9 SA; 1 top-10 in 10 starts

Carl Smith, R-Fr..—Redshirted in 2005-06

Colin Wilcox, Jr.—75.14 SA; 10 starts

Incoming freshmen/transfers:

Olin Browne, Hobe Sound, Fla.

Shane Mason, San Diego

Eric Shriver, transfer from Arkansas

Chad Vivolo, Carmel, Calif.

Coach:__ Alex Galvan, 5th year

NCAAs: MC        WCC:  Won

Events: 13         Wins: 2 (Carson Daly Intercollegiate, West Coast)

Top five: 6

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Chaz Inouye)

Opening tournament: Del Walker Intercollegiate, Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 13-15

Returning players:

Louis Bergna, Soph.—78.4 SA; 10 starts

Jason D’Amore, Jr.—73.2 SA; 6 top-10s in 13 starts

Josh Escobedo, Jr.—76.0 SA: 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Brian Locke, Soph.—72.1 SA; 5 top-5s in 10 starts

Joe Stassi, Soph.—79.8 SA; 2 starts

Brendan von Doehren, Sr.—79.4 SA; 7 starts

Jason Wilk, Sr.—83.3 SA; 1 start

Incoming freshman:

Brandin Cohen, Mira Coasta, Calif.

Coach:__ Rob Miller, 2nd year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC:  3rd

Events: 11          Wins: 4 (Purple and Red Invite, Boise State, Rice Intercollegiate, Anteater Invite)

Top five: 9

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (John Colyar, Michael Nicoletti)

Opening tournament: Del Walker Intercollegiate, Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 13-15

Returning players:

Jonathan Keane, Soph.—76.22 SA; 3 starts

Eric Lillibridge, Sr.—73.97 SA; 2 top-10s in 11 starts

Garrett Logan, Soph.—77.64 SA: 4 starts

Blake Lugar, Sr.—78.33 SA; 1 start

Tim Lynch, Jr.—75.43 SA; 1 top-5 in 10 starts

Mike Miller, Soph.—78.82 SA; 4 starts

Kellen Moss, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Blair Myers, Jr.—79.44 SA; 3 starts

Jong Yoon, Sr.—74.77 SA; 1 top-10 in 11 starts

Incoming freshman:

Jimmy Cacho, Green Valley, Calif.

__4. SAN DIEGO

Coach:__ Tim Mickelson, 4th year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC:  7th

Events: 10          Wins: 0

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 3 (Luke Antonelli, Jimmy Harris, Preston Lancaster)

Opening tournament: Del Walker Intercollegiate, Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 13-15

Returning players:

Michael Barry, Soph.—74.39 SA; 8 starts

Bucky Coe, Jr.—73.82 SA; 10 starts

Luke Gaskins, Soph.—77.11 SA; 3 starts

Darrin Hall, Soph.—77.77 SA; 3 starts

Garrett Lipus, Sr.—83.0 SA; 1 start

Joe Panzeri, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Brian Phan, Sr.—74.46 SA; 5 starts

Jake Yount, Soph.—76.21 SA; 8 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Kenneth McCready, Placerville, Calif.

Dale Smith, England

Coach:__ Scott Hardy, 7th year

NCAAs: DNP        __WCC:__4th

Events: 10          Wins: 0

Top five: 3

Seniors/starters lost: 4 (Robert Massi, Dana Wade, Steven Watkinson, Russell Yu)

Opening tournament: Del Walker Intercollegiate, Long Beach, Calif., Sept. 13-15

Note: Senior Chadd Cocco is redshirting in 2006-07

Returning players:

Josh Kelley, Jr.—74.9 SA; 1 top-10 in 10 starts

Michael McRae, Jr.—74.1 SA; 3 top-10s in 10 starts

Brett Mormann, Jr.—78.1 SA: 7 starts

Hans Olson, Soph.—80.5 SA; 2 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Rhett Colbrese, San Diego

Daniel Cone, Moraga, Calif.

Richard Conlin, Richmond, B.C., Canada

Patrick Duncan, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Robert McRae, Salt Lake City

Coach:__ Gary Nelson, 2nd year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC:  2nd

Events: 10          Wins: 0

Top five: 3

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Ryan Gonzalez)

Opening tournament: Hawks Invitational, Hartford, Conn., Sept. 8-9

Returning players:

Kenny Adams, Jr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Ryan Cullimore, Jr.—85.5 SA; 1 start

Jesse Galvon, Soph.—75.3 SA; 3 top-10s in 11 starts

Edward Han, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Taylor Hobin, Sr.—77.1 SA; 1 top-10 in 10 starts

Domingo Jojola, Soph.—74.3 SA; 2 top-10s in 10 starts

Moses Kahalekulu, Jr.—76.4 SA; 6 starts

Gary Nelson II, Soph.—Did not play in 2005-06

Kurt Nino, Soph.—75.8 SA; 11 starts

Duncan Street, Sr.—73.5 SA; 1 start

Tony Toulon, Soph.—75.8 SA; 3 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Thomas Buran, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Chris Cunningham, San Diego

Connor McElyea, Santa Cruz, Calif.

__7. GONZAGA

Coach:__ Robert Gray, 8th year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC:  8th

Events: 10          Wins: 0

Top five: 2

Seniors/starters lost: Colin Floyd

Opening tournament: Purple and Red Invitational, Odgen, Utah, Sept. 18-19

Returning players (individual stats not available):

John Bergren, Sr.—

Bowdy Ehler, Soph.—

Michael Hansen, Soph.—

Jimmy Hayes, Sr.—

Trevor, Loe, Jr.—

Ryan Miller, Sr.—

Reyn Tanaka, Jr.—

Incoming freshman:

Not available

__8. PORTLAND __

Coach: Bill Winter, 6th year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC: 6th

Events: 9            Wins: 0

Top five: 0

Seniors/starters lost: 3 (Aaron Anderson, Matt Jacobsen, John Marty)

Opening tournament: Merrill Lynch P&R Invitational, Layton, Urah, Sept. 17-19

Returning players:

Kevin Beavers, Sr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Brad Blakley, Soph.—84.33 SA; 3 starts

Blake Carley, Soph.—81.0 SA; 3 starts

Jake Easterly, Sr.—75.93 SA, 1 top-10 in 9 starts

Joel Johnson, Jr.—79.96 SA; 8 starts

Nick Nieto, R-Fr.—Redshirted in 2005-06

Incoming freshmen/transfers:

Terence Macatangay, Philippines

Ryan Morkert, Longview, Wash.

Brandon Pratt

Zach Thompson, junior college transfer

Courtney Zimmerman, junior college transfer____

WOMEN

__2006-07 outlook

Predicted champion:__ Pepperdine

Predicted player of the year:Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine

NCAA Regional bound: Pepperdine

__2005-06 Accolades

Player of the year:__ Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine

Freshman of the year: Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine

Coach of the year: Laurie Gibbs, Pepperdine

WCC medalist: Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine

All-WCC First team:

Jayvie Agojo, Pepperdine*

Leanne Bowditch, Pepperdine*

Marina Choi, Pepperdine

Kristin Nichols, San Francisco*

Jessica Potter, San Francisco*

Carolina Llano, Pepperdine

Mary Kate Morgan, Gonzaga*

Sydney Roughton, San Francisco

Megan Stoddart, Santa Clara*

Eileen Vargas, Pepperdine*

Eloise Vincencio, San Francisco*

__2006-07 RANKING

Coach:__ Laurie Gibbs, 14th year

__NCAAs:__3rd        WCC: Win

Events: 11        __  Wins:__ 4 (Dick McGuire, Edean Ihlanfeldt, Santa Clara Colby, WCC)

Top five: 9

Seniors/starters lost: 3 (Marina Choi, Courtney Clark, Carolina Llano)

Opening tournament: Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational, Redmond, Wash., Oct. 9-10

Returning players:

Jayvie Agojo, Soph.—75.93 SA; 1 top-5 in 10 starts; Win at WCC

Leanne Bowditch, Jr.—75.24 SA; 4 top-10s in 11 starts

Stephanie Gelleni, Jr.—76.64 SA; 4 starts

Nicole Montgomery, Soph.—78.0 SA; 2 starts

Eileen Vargas, Sr.—73.0 SA; 5 top-5s, 9 top-10s in 11 starts; Win at Dick McGuire, Santa Clara Colby

Incoming freshman:

Misun Cho, Australia

Coach: __Josh Cupp, 2nd year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC: 2nd

Events: 9            Wins: 0

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 1 (Sydney Roughton)

Opening tournament: Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational, Albuquerque, Sept. 11-12

Returning players:

Casey Gee, Jr.—3 starts

Chaneng Joe, Jr.—7 starts

Kristin Nichols, Sr.—2 top-10s

Jessica Potter, Jr.—8 top-10s in 10 starts; Win at Oregon Duck

Eloise Vicencio, Sr.—1 top-10 in 10 starts

Andrea Zwartynski, Soph.—2 starts

Incoming freshmen:

Natasha Podmore, Appleton, England

Christina Stockton, Auburn, Calif.

Coach:__ Polly Schulze, 6th year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC: 3rd

Events: 9        __    Wins:__ 0

__Top five:__5

Seniors/starters lost: 2 (Ella Sanman, Whitney Saulsberry)

Returning players:

Hilaire Fouts, Jr.—84.46 SA; 6 starts

Jenny Nelson, Jr.—82.0 SA: 6 starts

Candice Palmer, Soph.—80.81; 1 top-10 in 9 starts

Eriko Sato, 84.5 SA; 5 starts

Megan Stoddart, Sr.—93.0 SA; 2 starts

Jennifer Sun, Jr.—86.33 SA; 3 starts

Samantha Trask, Sr.—81.95 SA; 9 starts

Corey Utsurogi, Jr.—81.74 SA; 1 top-10 in 8 starts

Paige Wilson, Sr.—92.5 SA: 1 start

Incoming freshman:

Whitney Saulsberry, Spokane, Wash.

__4. GONZAGA

Coach:__ Robert Gray, 8th year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC: 4th

Events: 9            Wins: 0

Top five: 4

Seniors/starters lost: 0

Returning players (individual stats not available):

Sarah Clarke, Jr.—

Katie Gumke, Soph.—

Elizabeth Jarrett, Soph.—

Lacey Jo Manwaring, Jr.—

Mary Kate Morgan, Sr.—

Lauren Phillips, Soph.—

Sarah Sheffield, Jr.—

Jennifer Swanson, Sr.—

Incoming freshman:

Not available

__5. PORTLAND

Coach:__ Michelle Murphy, 3rd year

NCAAs: DNP        WCC: 5th

Events: 9        __     Wins: __0

Top five: 1

Seniors/starters lost: 0

Opening tournament: Oregon State Invitational, Corvallis, Ore., Sept. 17-19

Returning players:

Molly Edmunds, Jr.—78.96 SA; 2 top-10s in 9 starts

Kristin Howell, Jr.—82.26 SA; 8 starts

Taryn Kuida, Soph.—82.6 SA; 9 starts

Melanie Lee, Sr.—82.32 SA; 9 starts

Ashley Willimas, Sr.—82.52 SA; 9 starts

Kristina Wilson, Sr.—Did not play in 2005-06

Incoming freshmen:

Agatha Brzezinski, Wilsonville, Ore.

Paige Rachor, Bellingham, Wash.