Award Winners Announced at Student-Athlete Honors Dinner
Student-athletes, coaches and staff members gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate Pepperdine University's Fourth Annual Student-Athlete Honors Dinner in Firestone Fieldhouse.
April 13, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Student-athletes, coaches and staff members gathered on Wednesday night to celebrate Pepperdine University's Fourth Annual Student-Athlete Honors Dinner in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Awards were given for the Athlete of the Year, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Wave of the Year to both male and female recipients. The Wave of the Year honors student-athletes for outstanding contributions in spirit and service to the athletics program and the university community.
Director of Athletics Steve Potts was the master of ceremonies. Joel Lopata, a redshirt freshman on the men's volleyball team, gave the invocation. Following a dinner catered by Wood Ranch, each head coach introduced their seniors. Finally, athletic chaplain Maurice Hilliard, director of academic services Jim Hamad and women's basketball coach Julie Rousseau presented the main honors.
The winners of the various awards were as follows:
WAVE OF THE YEAR (Men's) - Tyler Jaynes
Tyler Jaynes (Granite Bay, Calif./Granite Bay HS), a senior on the men's volleyball team, is a two-time winner of the award. He has been heavily involved in SAAC the past couple of years, especially in community service activities. He is a member of the Sideline, a weekly bible study and devotional designed for student-athletes, and a four-year participant in University Ministries, a college group of spiritual leaders at Malibu Presbyterian Church. He is a former "Mr. All-American" and has also participated in the Athletic Homecoming Group and Songfest. He earned All-MPSF honorable mention honors in 2010. He is a mathematics major.
CO-WAVE OF THE YEAR (Women's) - Martine de Gannes
Martine de Gannes (Diego Martin, Trinidad/Maple Leaf International School), a senior on the women's golf team, is co-president of Pepperdine's SAAC in 2010-11 and is also the chair of the WCC's SAAC board. She's been a leader in several volunteer and charity initiatives, including the Adopt-A-Family, Soles for Souls shoe drive, Relay for Life, Dig Pink and Mr. All-American. She earned NGCA All-American Scholar honors and WCC All-Academic first team honors in 2010 and is a three-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll "gold" honoree. She has represented Trinidad on numerous occasions, including the 2010 World Amateur Team Championship. She is an advertising major.
CO-WAVE OF THE YEAR (Women's) - Myriah Stockman
Myriah Stockman (Sandy, Utah/Brighton HS), a junior on the women's soccer team, is undoubtedly the most vocal and supportive person among all Waves' fans. As the leader of Riptide, the student spirit group, she can be found at all of Pepperdine's venues cheering on all of the Waves' athletic teams. She is a three-year starter on the soccer team. Stockman earned WCC All-Academic honorable mention honors in the fall and is a two-time WCC Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient. She is a sports medicine major.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Men's) - Matt Brown
Matt Brown (Bellevue, Wash./Brown Academy), a redshirt sophomore on the men's water polo team, is a sports medicine major with a 3.85 GPA. He was named to the MPSF All-Academic team at the conclusion of the 2010 season, in which he appeared in 26 games for the Waves while netting 12 goals to go with eight steals and three assists. The center tied a personal high with three goals against Occidental, California and Fresno Pacific, and was credited with two steals in Pepperdine's 7-5 overtime win at UC Davis.
SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Women's) - Jessell Owens
Jessell Owens (Winnemucca, Nev./Lowry HS), a senior on the women's swim team, is a sports medicine major with a 3.96 GPA. She on pace to graduate in the top 10 in her class, and is a serious contender for valedictorian status. She is a PCSC All-Academic honoree and plans to attend medical school at Loyola-Chicago, Duke or UC San Diego next fall. In the pool, Owens swam a season-best time in every event she entered in at the 2011 PCSC Championships, including a personal-best 50 yard backstroke split of :33.48 to help lower her season-best 100 back stroke time to 1:07.33.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Men's) - Sebastian Fanselow
Sebastian Fanselow (Essen, Germany/Kaplan College Prep School), a sophomore on the men's tennis team, concluded the 2011 dual campaign versus UCLA earlier this week with a singles victory to improve his overall record to 26-10 and lead the Waves to an 18-5 team record. In the most recent issue of the Campbell/ITA Collegiate rankings, Fanselow was listed at #22 nationally in singles, but has reached as high as #14 this season. In doubles he is ranked #72 along with partner Jenson Turner due to a team-best 22-3 overall record (18-1 in duals). He was named MVP of the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in February after Pepperdine won the event as a squad. He defeated nationally ranked opponents on 10 occasions in singles, and was named WCC Singles Player of the Month in October. Last fall, Fanselow won the ITA Southwest Regional Championship. He is majoring in international business.
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (Women's) - Kim Hill
Kim Hill (Portland, Ore./Portland Christian HS), a junior on the women's volleyball team, was named an honorable mention All-American in 2009 and again in 2010 to become just the second Pepperdine women's volleyball player to earn All-American distinction in more than one season. This past year, she led Pepperdine with 317 kills and a 3.27 kills per set average, and was also named to the AVCA All-Pacific Region and All-West Coast Conference first teams. Hill ranked fifth in the league in kills per set average and seventh in both service ace average (.30) and blocks (.97). In the Pepperdine record books, Hill has inked her name under several categories. Most notably, she stands in third with a career attack percentage of .342. She currently ranks 20th in total kills, with 838, and will likely break into the top 10 by the end of her senior campaign. Off the court, the religion major made the WCC All-Academic first team in both 2009 and 2010.