Women's spring preview: West Coast Conference

Women's spring preview: West Coast Conference

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Women's spring preview: West Coast Conference

Pepperdine has won 14 out of 16 West Coast Conference titles — San Francisco won the two other titles in 1997 and 2001.

The Waves have also won 13 of 16 West Coast Conference individual titles.

To say the least, Pepperdine has dominated the West Coast Conference. And it doesn’t seem to be changing.

“We look forward to defending out WCC championship title,” said head coach Laurie Gibbs.

With a core group of young and talented players, Pepperdine is a national contender, led by Grace Na, No. 11 in the Golfweek/Sagarin Rankings. Na finished inside the top-6 in all four events for the Waves this fall, including a runner-up finish at the Golfweek Conference Challenge. The other two juniors, Danielle Giallspy and Liv Cheng, have also contributed to the team. Two sophomores, Somin Lee and Alina Ching, sister of former San Diego standout Alex Ching, each had top-10s this fall. And freshman Marissa Chow has come in and has shown that she can play at the highest college level, including a top-20 finish.

“Grace had a very good fall with consistent results,” Gibbs said.

Although it was a closer than normal contest last year at the WCC championships (Pepperdine won by six strokes over San Francisco), the Waves won their 11th straight title.

“Other teams in the conference have strengthened their roster with some excellent recruits and it should be another great championship,” Gibbs said.

Gonzaga may be a challenger this spring. Senior Victoria Fallgren is back to defend her inidivudal title at the WCC championships after winning in a one-hole sudden-death playoff. Freshman Raychelle Santos has come in and been good for the Bulldogs. A native of La Quinta, Calif., placed in the top-5 of her first two tournaments.

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Where it stands now

Top of the class: Pepperdine

Best player of the fall: Grace Na, Pepperdine

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Past champions

2012: Pepperdine

2011: Pepperdine

2010: Pepperdine

2009: Pepperdine

2008: Pepperdine

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Conference Capsules

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