PEPPERDINE WINS THIRD STRAIGHT WCC COMMISSIONER'S CUP!
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June 1, 2004
San Bruno, Calif. - Pepperdine took first place in five of the league's six spring sports to claim its third consecutive West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup, the conference officially announced today. The Waves made it a sweep by taking home the Men's and Women's All-Sports Awards as well.
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, is also 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 eachparticular 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.
The Waves earned a total of six WCC titles during the 2003-04 season, including their third straight volleyball championship.
"The West Coast Conference is proud to present Pepperdine University with the Commissioner's Cup for the third consecutive year," said Commissioner Michael Gilleran. "Earning this award is direct result of the commitment from the student athletes,coaches and administration on the Pepperdine University campus. Since the WCC introduced the Commissioner's Cup in 2002, Pepperdine has continued to develop a successful broad-based intercollegiate athletics program in one of the premier conferences in the country."
Santa Clara finished in second place in the final standings for the third straight year, earning league titles in men's and women's soccer. Both Loyola Marymount and Gonzaga made significant jumps in the Commisioner's Cup standings from a year ago. LMU moved up from sixth place in 2003 to third in place in this year's finals standings, thanks in part to its first-everwomen's basketball regular season and tournament titles. Gonzaga moved up from seventh in 2003 to fourth in 2004, takingfirst place in both men's basketball and women's crew.
Pepperdine will be presented its awards at the league meetings in early June. The win was a big feat for the Waves considering they sat in third place after the completion of the winter sports season.