Dec. 5, 2002
SAN BRUNO, Calif -- With the Fall sports regular season coming to a close last weekend, the West Coast Conference announces the first update of the WCC Commissioner's Cup. The Commissioner's Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league's top performing school in conference play. A Men's and Women's All-Sports Award, recognizing athletic achievement within each gender, will also be presented.
The recipient of the Commissioner's Cup is based on a point system reflecting the place finish of each team in conference play. The Men's and Women's All-Sports Awards are given to the schools that accumulate the most points within each particular gender. The institution with the highest point total, after combining the men's and women's point totals, will be honored with the Commissioner's Cup. Pepperdine was the recipient of the inaugural WCC Commissioner's Cup trophy in 2001-02.
Santa Clara leads the standings after the 2002 Fall season, taking home a share of the women's soccer title and three second place finishes. Portland currently stands in second place in the overall standings with three first place finishes, including men's soccer and both men's and women's cross country.
As a league, the WCC's Fall season was highlighted with eight of the conference's 15 men's and women's soccer teams earning postseason bids and three women's volleyball teams advancing to the NCAA's. Santa Clara and Portland's women's soccer teams are currently headed to the NCAA College Cup for the ninth and seventh time, respectively. It marks the fourth season in which the West Coast Conference has had two teams participate in the women's soccer College Cup. The volleyball postseason gets underway Thursday, December 5, with Pepperdine hosting Cal Poly. Santa Clara faces California on the UCSB campus on Friday, December 6, while San Diego will travel up the coast to Los Angeles to take on #1 seed USC in NCAA first round action. This is the sixth straight season with at least three WCC teams earning invites to the NCAA tournament.