NOV. 7, 2016 - The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has honored San Diego Mesa College soccer player Alahna Perez and Palomar water polo player Kelly Rowan as its Women's Athletes of the Week for the week that ran through Sunday.
Perez, a freshman forward from Chula Vista High School, scored two goals and added an assist as the Olympians defeated San Diego City College 7-1, bringing her season totals to 9 goals and 10 assists.
Perez leads the Olympians with 28 points, and is a huge reason Mesa is 14-2-2 overall, unbeaten at 7-0-1 in the PCAC South Division and was ranked No. 10 in the country last week in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America community college national poll.
Rowan, a freshman field player out of Great Oak High School in Temecula, scored four goals in leading the Comets to an 8-7 victory over defending state champion Mesa in the finals of the PCAC Tournament at San Diego Miramar's Ned Bauman Aquatics Center. With the win Palomar, which had finished in a three-way tie for the regular-season title, captured the conference championship outright.
Honorable mention for the week was awarded to Grossmont volleyball player Alana Wilson, MiraCosta volleyball player Claire Kinder, Miramar soccer players Ana Murillo and Maria Mendez and Palomar basketball player Ariana Hernandez.
Wilson, a 5-foot-10 sophomore middle hitter from Morse High School, is one of the primary reasons the state No. 1-ranked G-House (21-1, 9-0) has locked up its seventh consecutive conference championship. Last Wednesday, Wilson hit .272 with 8 kills on 11 attempts as the newly-crowned South Division champions swept Imperial Valley 25-15, 25-11, 25-20. On Friday, she hit .400 with 9 kills and 1 error on 20 attempts as the Griffins also swept City College 28-26, 25-20, 25-18. Kinder, a 5-foot-10 freshman outside hitter from Humboldt High School in Arcata, has been a force for state No. 6-ranked MiraCosta, which clinched the PCAC North Division championship by defeating San Bernardino Valley 25-16, 22-5, 25-10, 25-21 on Friday. Kinder had a career-high 16 kills and .429 hitting percentage. She also led the Spartans (22-2, 7-0) with three aces and had four digs.
Murillo, a freshman defender for Miramar, anchors the Jets' defense that has not given up a goal in six straight games and has only allowed five goals on the season. Last week, Miramar recorded its 13th and 14th shutouts of the year, tying San Bernardino Valley 0-0 and defeating Palomar 4-0.
Mendez, a freshman forward out of Mira Mesa High School, scored two goals in the Jets' win over Palomar, giving her five goals on the year.
Hernandez, a 5-foot-1 sophomore guard from Murrieta Valley High School, led the Comets to a season-opening 76-61 victory on the road over Santa Ana by scoring 20 points. She went 7-for-13 on field goals and buried 5-of-9 three-point attempts.