Eight Waves Honored on WCC Postseason Awards
The Waves have had multiple first-team honorees for the past four years.
MALIBU, Calif. – The 2014 West Coast Conference women’s soccer postseason awards were released today and a total of eight Pepperdine Waves were honored including Head Coach Tim Ward taking home Coach of the Year and Hailey Harbison earning Freshman of the Year.
Pepperdine’s Ally Holtz and Lynn Williams were each named to the All-WCC first team and Meagan Harbison earned second-team honors. Pepperdine also raked in four honorable mention awards and three All-Freshman team nods.
Ward was named Co-Coach of the Year with BYU’s Jennifer Rockwood after the team finished the season 15-2-3. The Cougars were able to capture the WCC title with a 7-1-1 conference record, but the Waves won the lone meeting between the two schools with a 3-2 victory to close the regular season. Pepperdine finished the year with a No. 11 ranking in the NSCAA Coaches Poll and BYU finished at No. 15 with both teams making postseason play. The Waves’ 15-win season is tied for the second-best total in program history. Ward currently sits two wins away from 200 in his career. It is his third WCC Coach of the Year award after winning the honor in both 2002 and 2011.
Hailey Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS) picked up top freshman honors after a stellar rookie season on the defensive backline for the Waves. Playing the majority of the year as an outside defender, Harbison helped anchor a defense that was tied for the conference lead with 10 shutouts and led the WCC with a 0.68 goals against average. Harbison also set herself apart with her attacking prowess out of the back, scoring a goal this year and assisting on two more. She started all 20 games this season for the Waves.
Williams (Fresno, Calif./Bullard HS) was Pepperdine’s unquestioned offensive leader, finishing the season third in the WCC with 12 goals and second in the conference with eight assists. Her 32 points were good for third in the WCC and her five game-winning goals were second. Williams climbed her way up the career lists for the Waves this year, moving to second all-time with 37 career goals, first with 15 game-winning goals, second in points (96) and fourth in assists (22). The senior forward led all WCC players with three conference Player of the Week honors this year. Williams is a three-time All-WCC first team selection.
Holtz (Honolulu, Hawaii/Punahou School) was second on the team with seven assists this year and was tied for fourth in the WCC in that category. The senior midfielder also scored once to finished third on the team with nine total points. Holtz matched a single-game Pepperdine record this season, posting three assists in a victory over Pacific. Holtz was named to the conference’s second team last season.
Meagan Harbison (Rancho Penasquitos, Calif./Westview HS) garnered second team honors for her work on the defensive end of the ball for the Waves, getting starts both as a defender and in the midfield. The sophomore started every game this season, scoring two goals and assisting on two more.
Hailey Harbison, Hannah Seabert (Riverside, Calif./Woodcrest Christian HS), Jamie Van Horn (Danville, Calif./San Ramon Valley HS) and Bri Visalli (San Jose, Calif./Valley Christian HS) were all named to the honorable mention list, and Harbison, Van Horn and Visalli were named to the All-Freshman team as well. Seabert had yet another stellar season in goal for the Waves, leading the team to its 0.68 goals against average while making 71 saves. Van Horn started every game as a central defender for the Waves in her first collegiate season and Visalli recorded two goals and two assists as a freshman.
It is the fourth-straight year Pepperdine has had multiple players named to the All-WCC first team and the seven players with All-WCC honors is the most for the program since 2011.
The Waves will open postseason play on Saturday when they take on USC at home in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament. Kick-off for the game will be at 12 p.m. at Tari Frahm Rokus Field.