Ana Pontes Named WCC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Pontes Lifted Waves Soccer to Back-to-Back NCAA Berths
June 10, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Ana Pontes of the Pepperdine women’s soccer team has been presented with the West Coast Conference’s Michael Gilleran Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award as its top graduating female student-athlete, the league office announced today.
It’s the second straight year that a Wave has captured the top women’s award (Kim Hill of women’s volleyball won in 2012) and the third time in five years (Julie Rubenstein of women’s volleyball in 2009). It’s the ninth time ever that a Pepperdine student-athlete, male or female, has earned the honor.
“Ana Pontes is an extraordinary individual,” Pepperdine head coach Tim Ward said. “She is the daughter of the only Brazilian Cosmonaut to enter into space (Russian Space station - her father's name is Marcos and mom Francisca). Ana's career is one we are exceptionally proud of as she graduates Pepperdine as one of the best center midfielders to have ever played for the Waves. She played a key role in helping our program lift its second ever WCC Championship trophy (in 2012) and return to the NCAA tournament in back to back years for the first time since 2004-2005.”
Pontes (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake HS) was a three-year starter for the Waves as a defensive midfielder and was a four-year letterwinner. She graduated this spring with a degree in sports medicine and a 3.71 grade-point average.
Over her four seasons, she helped Pepperdine to a combined record of 49-22-10, the 2011 West Coast Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearances in 2011 and 2012. She had career totals of two goals and three assists and contributed greatly to the Waves posting a school-record 0.55 goals-against average in 2011. Pontes was a team captain as a senior.
Pontes’ academic highlights included CoSIDA Academic All-District second team (2012), WCC All-Academic first team (2012), WCC All-Academic honorable mention (2010 and 2011) and Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar status (2011, 2012 and 2013). Pontes plans to attend medical school and will sit for the MCATs in January.
“Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Ana is simply a wonderful and caring human being,” Ward said. “Loved by her teammates and coaching staff alike, she epitomizes all that Pepperdine soccer has come to represent. We are incredibly proud of her and feel that she is highly deserving of this award and recognition!”
Following is a full list of Pepperdine’s Michael Gilleran Award winners: Dick Skophammer (1976), Rick Hirtensteiner (1989), Katherine Hull (2003), Michael Putnam (2005), Nick Kliebert (2006), Richard Johnson (2007), Julie Rubenstein (2009), Kim Hill (2012),>Ana Pontes (2013).