Mesa's Garrido, Miller share Women's AOTW honors
Comets' Bilek, Olympians' Wickliffe share AOTW award
NOV. 16, 2015 - Palomar College golfer Brittany Bilek and San Diego Mesa water polo player Bailey Wickliffe are have been selected as Women's Athletes of the Week by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Bilek, a sophomore out of Carlsbad High School, shot her second hole-in-one of the season on her final swing at the Southern California Regionals to advance to the CCCAA State Tournament.
There, she finished sixth in the state, shooting a 36-hole score of 163 in the two-day tournament at Morro Bay Golf Course in Morro Bay. The first day was played in rain and the second day in high winds, causing the players' scores to soare.
Bilek's hole-in-one in the SoCal tournament came on the 111-yard, par 3 12th hole at the Rivers Course at the Alisal in Solvang. Her previous hole-in-one came on the seventh hole at Twin Oaks Golf Club in San Marcos on Sept. 21 in a nine-way Orange Empire Conference match.
Wickliffe, Mesa's sophomore center-forward from El Diamante High School in Visalia, scored seven goals in three games at the SoCal Regional Water Polo Championships at Mt. SAC. She led the PCAC champion Olympians to a runner-up regional finish and a spot in this upcoming weekend's CCCAA State Final Four at Pasadena City College.
Wickliffe's three goals in the quarterfinals enabled Mesa to come back from a 4-0 deficit to defeat Santa Barbara City College 9-6. She scored three goals in a 9-6 victory over Fullerton. In the championship game, she was held to one goal in a 9-5 loss to Riverside City College, the other SoCal team to advance to the Final Four. Wickliffe was Southern California Player of the Year and led the conference with 84 goals. She and her teammates will take a 26-3 record against Northern California champion Diablo Valley to begin the state Final Four on Friday.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to Mt. San Jacinto soccer player Stefania Navarette, Palomar soccer player Grace Busby, Mt. San Jacinto basketball player Britney Thomas, and volleyball players Rachel Linden from Grossmont, Cady Francis (MiraCosta) and Chloe Gruwell (San Diego City College).
Navarette, a freshman midfielder from Elsinore High School, assisted Lauren Taylor on the only goal of the game as Mt. San Jacinto defeated five-time conference champion and state No. 5-ranked San Diego Miramar 1-0. Two days later, she put the game away with a goal in the 85th minute as the Eagles defeated Grossmont 2-0 to wrap up the PCAC Northern Division championship. It's Mt. San Jac's second women's soccer title in history. The Eagles previously won the Foothill Conference championship in 1998.
Busby, a freshman forward out of Escondido Charter High School and the PCAC's season goals leader, scored the only goal of the game as the Comets defeated rival MiraCosta 1-0 to close out the season.
Thomas, Mt. San Jac's 6-foot-2 freshman forward from San Jacinto High School, was named Most Valuable Player in the San Jacinto Lions Club Eagle Classic as the Eagles went 3-0 with victories over Barstow 82-52, Citrus 82-14 and defending PCAC champion Palomar 70-67 in the title game. Thomas averaged 20 points and 12 rebounds in the tournament. She had 18 points and 12 rebounds vs. Barstow, 19 points and 11 rebounds vs. Citrus and 23 points and 13 rebounds in a come-from-behind victory over Palomar.
Linden, conference champion Grossmont's sophomore setter from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek and a transfer from Sacramento State, has been the consistent force for the Griffins throughout the PCAC season. This past week she helped the G-House solidify a sixth straight conference title with 44 assists, two aces and three blocks in a 25-18, 25-20, 25-27, 25-13 win over Mesa. She had eight assists and two blocks as the Griffins swept the San Diego State University Club Team 25-15, 25-16, 25-19. And she followed that performance with 18 assists in a 25-8, 25-10, 25-15 sweep of Cuyamaca.
Francis, a 5-foot-7 freshman outside hitter and converted libero from Carlsbad High School, had 14 kills, hitting .345, in MiraCosta's 25-20, 25-15, 25-23 sweep of Southwestern. She then contributed a double-double with 16 kills, a .636 hitting percentage, 10 digs, and six service aces as the Spartans (17-4) closed the regular season with a 25-16, 14-21, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Mesa.
Gruwell, a freshman outside hitter from Shadow Ridge High in Las Vegas, had 23 kills, only seven errors and 10 digs last week in City College's matches vs. Mt. San Jacinto (a 25-21, 25-15, 23-25, 25-8 win) and the PCAC's second-place team, Palomar (a 25-18, 25-21, 26-24 loss after the Knights led 24-21 in the third set). Gruwell made three key digs and added a tough jump serve to give City that lead. During the conference season she has 150 kills, a 3.31 kills per set average, 196 digs and 18 blocks.