The 2012-2013 athletic season saw a wide range of success, as Pepperdine players gave their all in their individual sports, earning the respect of competitors and spectators alike.
In an exciting move, the men’s tennis team made the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships, leading five Pepperdine squads that advanced to NCAA postseason play. The women’s soccer, women’s tennis, and women’s indoor volleyball teams took part in the first round of their respective NCAA tournaments, while the women’s golf team competed at the NCAA West Regional. The women’s sand volleyball team nearly repeated their impressive ranking as AVCA national champions, rounding out the season in second place.
senior, men’s water polo
Becoming the 10th-ever Pepperdine athlete to receive the prestigious award, Brown placed in the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American third team. He was twice named Pepperdine Athletics’ Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year and scored an impressive 29 career goals. Brown also became a three-time MPSF All-Academic and three-time Academic All-District selection.
senior, women’s sand volleyball
An integral part of the 2012 AVCA national championship squad, winning the pairs national title, Racich earned AVCA All-American honors in each of Pepperdine’s first two seasons sponsoring women’s sand volleyball. She became the program’s first-ever recipient of a sand volleyball scholarship when she shifted over from the inside game after her sophomore season and posted a 24-5 record as a senior and 35-3 as a junior.
freshman, men’s basketball
In the 2012-2013 season, Davis became the first Pepperdine men’s basketball player to win the WCC’s Newcomer of the Year award since 2003. The record- breaker also made the WCC All-Freshman team, the Waves’ first since 2009, and was All-WCC Honorable Mention, Pepperdine’s first freshman to make the All- Conference since 2008. On the court, he averaged 11.2 points and ranked seventh in the WCC with 7.3 rebounds per game.
junior, women’s golf
In each of her three seasons at Pepperdine, Na secured consecutive All-American and WCC Player of the Year accolades. She set the school record with a 72.17 scoring average this season and became Pepperdine’s first All-American first-teamer in women’s golf since 2003—only the fourth ever. Na was the medalist at the WCC championships for the second time in her career and ended the season ranked among the top-10 players in the nation by both Golfstat and Golfweek/Sagarin.
senior, men’s tennis
The three-time All-American in singles ended his senior year ranked number eight nationally and reached the semifinals of the NCAA singles tournament. Fanselow also earned the prestigious ITA/Rafael Osuna Sportsmanship Award. Throughout the past two seasons, he helped Pepperdine’s team rise to national top-10 rankings and to the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA tournament and to the quarterfinals in 2013.
senior, women’s soccer
Pontes earned the WCC’s Michael Gilleran Award as the conference’s top graduating female student- athlete. A three-year starter, the swift sportswoman guided the Waves to the NCAA tournament in 2011 and 2012 and on to win the 2011 WCC title. The defensive midfielder contributed greatly to the Waves’ posting a school-record 0.55 goals-against average in 2011.
senior, men’s volleyball
A remarkable athlete in his own right, Torres led the nation as a senior by scoring 5.02 points per set. His dexterity on the court earned him a spot on Volleyball Magazine’s All-American first team as a senior and as an AVCA All-American second teamer as both a junior and senior. Ending his career on a high note, Torres settled at sixth all-time at Pepperdine with 1,634 kills and led Pepperdine a number five national ranking at the end of the 2013 season.
- 66 student-athletes made Pepperdine scholar-athlete status
- 48 student athletes earned All-Conference Honors
- 4 teams finished with top-25 national rankings
- 15 student-athletes attained All-American Honors
- 24 student-athletes earned conference All-Academic honors
- 59 student-athletes scored spots on the WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll
- 3 teams won a total of five Conference Honors