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Ka'aua, Radcliffe Earn First Career Weekly Awards
Chayce Ka'aua helped Hawai‘i to a series sweep of Illinois State, while Tyler Radcliffe pitched a gem in leading Long Beach State to a 1-0 victory over Tulane.
CHAYCE KA’AUA, HAWAI‘I – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • C/DH • Hilo, Hawai‘i • Hilo HS
➜ Senior Chayce Ka’Aua earned his first career Big West Baseball Field Player of the Week award as he led Hawai‘i to a four-game series sweep of Illinois State.
➜ The catcher hit a team-leading .462 (6-for-13) with two runs scored and six RBI. He had at least one hit in all four games and finished the week with an on-base percentage of .500.
➜ Ka’aua helped the Warriors overcome a three-run deficit in game two of the series with a 2-RBI single to center field, helping UH to the 7-6 victory.
➜ Ka’aua had a bases-clearing 3-run double into left center to catapult UH to an early 3-0 lead in game three. He later posted his career-best fourth RBI of the game in the sixth inning with a single as UH won 7-3.
➜ He singled and walked in the series finale, a 7-6 UH triumph.
➜ Ka’aua added five putouts and an assist as the catcher in the third game.
Others nominated: Brett Borgogno (Cal State Fullerton); Jarren Duran (Long Beach State); Christian Koss (UC Irvine); Justin Mannens (UC Riverside); Armani Smith (UC Santa Barbara)
TYLER RADCLIFFE, LONG BEACH STATE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Junior • RHP • Long Beach, Calif. • Wilson HS
➜ Long Beach State junior Tyler Radcliffe tossed a career-long 7.0 innings against Tulane for his second career victory, garnering his first career Big West Baseball Pitcher of the Week award.
➜ The right-hander gave up just one hit – a two-out first inning single – as the Dirtbags won 1-0 over the Green Wave.
➜ Radcliffe set a season high with six strikeouts and walked just two.
➜ Radcliffe retired the final 11 batters he faced. He stranded the bases loaded in the third inning with a strikeout to keep the game scoreless.
Others nominated: Colton Eastman (Cal State Fullerton); Cole Percival (UC Riverside); Ben Brecht (UC Santa Barbara); Cade Smith (Hawai‘i)
Rowland, Dolcini Secure Softball Weekly Honors
Taylor Rowland led a potent Long Beach State offense while Hailey Dolcini of UC Riverside captured her second straight pitching honor.
TAYLOR ROWLAND, LONG BEACH STATE – FIELD PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore • 1B/DP • Chino Hills, Calif. • Tennessee
Long Beach State sophomore Taylor Rowland (Chino Hills, Calif./Tennessee) helped her team post a 5-0 record with outstanding offensive production, earning Big West Softball Field Player of the Week accolades.
➜ Rowland finished the week with 14 RBI and hit .625 (10-for-16) at the plate.
➜ The first baseman/designated player drove in multiple runs in four of the five games. She went 9-for-10 (.900) with 12 RBI in three LMU Tournament games. Among her hits, she had three doubles and a pair of home runs.
➜ Rowland unleashed a grand slam on host Loyola Marymount in a 9-6 victory. She went 3-for-4 with five RBI in the game.
➜ In another 9-6 win – this one over Colgate – Rowland was a perfect 4-for-4 at the dish with a double, home run and four RBI. She slammed a two-run home run to help LBSU’s cause.
➜ Rowland doubled twice and knocked in three runs in a 9-1 win over Fairfield. Also went 1-for-3 with two RBI and a walk in a 9-1 triumph over Monmouth.
Others nominated: Hailey Martin (Cal Poly); Sammie Vandiver (Cal State Fullerton); Megan Stevens (CSUN); Brittney Garcia (UC Riverside); Britney Rossi (Hawai‘i)
HAILEY DOLCINI, UC RIVERSIDE – PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Freshman • RHP • Ferndale, Calif. • Fortuna HS
UC Riverside freshman Hailey Dolcini (Ferndale, Calif./Fortuna HS) collected her second straight Big West Softball Pitcher of the Week honor after not allowing a run in 15.2 innings of work.
➜ Dolcini made four appearances – two in relief – and scattered eight hits while walking just three and striking out 11.
➜ She threw a complete game four-hit shutout against Harvard to start the UCR Tournament. She walked one and struck out four.
➜ Dolcini got a no-decision in a 2-1 loss to Texas Tech in the Highlander Invitational. In 4.0 innings of work, she allowed just one hit and a walk in the pitcher’s duel.
➜ She combined to throw 4.2 innings of scoreless relief in appearances against Purdue and Idaho State. She went 3.0 innings in the 2-1 win over the Bengals to earn her second win of the week.
➜ Dolcini has not allowed an earned run in her last 46.0 innings, going all the way back to the first inning against Stony Brook on March 3.
Others nominated: Taylor Troost (CSUN); Cielo Meza (Long Beach State); Katie Kibby (UC Davis); Emily Klee (Hawai‘i)
Women's Water Polo
Morrissey Caps Strong Week With Two Hat Tricks
Long Beach State junior Tori Morrissey (Marouba, NSW/St. Catherines HS) posted two hat tricks in back-to-back victories to secure the Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week award.
The attacker scored half of the team’s goals in a 6-5 victory over No. 16 UC Santa Barbara to open the Big West schedule. Morrissey tied the game at 1-1 in the first quarter, and scored again in the second to halve UCSB’s lead at 3-2. She produced her final goal in the third stanza to give LBSU a 5-4 lead.
Morrissey scored her three goals on six shots as LBSU won its home opener.
The Beach also took on George Washington in a non conference battle and came away with a 15-7 win. Morrissey got the Beach going early with a goal at the 6:52 mark of the first period for a 1-0 advantage.
She scored two more times to give her a hat trick for the second time on the week. Morrissey scored six goals on just 11 shots.
Others nominated: Sammy Preston (UC Davis); Natalie Seidemann (UC Irvine); Kate Pipkin (UC Santa Barbara); Chloe Barr (Hawai‘i)
Jankowiak, Zeidan Earn First Career Weekly Honors
A pair of freshmen notched their first career Tennis Athlete of the Week awards on the strength of splendid singles and doubles play.
Jankowiak Leads Highlanders To Three Victories
Freshman Pawel Jankowiak notched six victories in singles and doubles to lead UC Riverside to a 3-0 record and to his selection as Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week.
The Highlanders posted 4-3 victories against Youngstown State and Boston University, and a 6-1 win over Villanova. Jankowiak was at the center of each win.
He routed his first two opponents – Youngstown State’s Joao Garretto (6-3, 6-3) and Boston University’s Satyajit Simhad (6-1, 6-1). He then overcame a first set deficit to upend Villanova’s Stefan Suarez by scores of 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 to secure his spot as the No. 1 player in UCR’s singles lineup.
With doubles partner, Vignesh Subramanyan, Jankowiak also went 3-0 at No. 1 doubles. The duo toppled Villanova’s Thomas Dodson and Tyler Roth, 6-2.
Others nominated: Everett Maltby (UC Davis); Luis Lopez (UC Irvine); Joseph Guillin (UC Santa Barbara); Fabian Woehrl (Hawai‘i)
Zeidan Extends Singles Win Streak to 12
Cal State Fullerton freshman Genevieve Zeidan (Taipei, Taiwan/Zhong Xing HS) improved her winning streak in singles to 12 straight as she captured her first career Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor.
Zeidan leads the Titans with a 13-1 dual singles record as she went 3-0 last week. She won twice at No. 2 singles, dominating Toledo’s Sidnay Huck (6-1, 6-0) and Boston University’s Remi Ramos (6-1, 6-2). Moving up to No. 1, she took care of Utah State’s Sasha Pisareva (6-3, 6-3) to give the Titans a 4-2 team win.
She teamed with Masako Makiba to go 2-0 at No. 2 doubles, including a 7-5 win over the Terrier duo.
Others nominated: Natalia Munoz (Long Beach State); Sara Tsukamoto (UC Davis); Yulin Chen (UC Irvine); Roxanne Resma (Hawai‘i)
Track & Field
Cal Poly, Long Beach State Dominate Track and Field Weekly Honors
The four recipients of Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week accolades hailed from Cal Poly and Long Beach State.
Cal Poly junior Sean McDermott (Kings Beach, Calif./Cuesta College) earned Big West Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honors after winning the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the UCSB Tri-Meet on Saturday at Westmont. He clocked a time of 9:04.67, winning the race by a margin of 8.75 seconds. It was a career-best time for McDermott, as well as the nation’s top steeplechase time so far.
Cal Poly senior Maddie McDonald (Orange, Calif./Rosary HS) also excelled in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to win Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Week accolades. She finished second at the UCSB Tri-Meet at Westmont with a time of 10:43.60. The performance moved her to No. 3 in school history, ranking her currently No. 2 in the West Region.
Posting three first-place finishes at two different meets, Long Beach State junior Josh Carr (Visalia, Calif./Redwood HS) captured Big West Men’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades. Carr won the hammer throw twice and the discus once in an extremely productive week. At the Ben Brown Invitational, Carr finished second overall – and first among collegians – with a lifetime-best throw of 196-08.25 in the hammer. It was 1.29 meters better than any other throw he has had. The next day, Carr won twice at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge. In wet and rainy conditions, Carr tossed the hammer 186-08 (56.89m) and the discus 164-07 (50.17m). Carr is No. 1 in the Big West and NCAA West Region in the hammer. He is also No. 1 in the Big West and in the NCAA in the discus.
Long Beach State sophomore Erykah McNairy (San Diego, Calif./San Diego HS) posted two first place finishes in the hammer throw to earn Big West Women’s Field Athlete of the Week accolades. She succeeded in posting the top collegiate performance in the hammer at the Ben Brown Invitational with a distance of 174-04 (53.14m), eclipsing her previous personal record by 11 feet, 3 inches. McNairy navigated wet and rainy conditions the next day at the San Diego Collegiate Challenge, finishing tops again in the hammer with a toss of 161-03 (49.16m). The win in San Diego marks the third victory of the season in three meets for McNairy.
Others nominated (Men’s Track): Danny Ramirez (Cal State Fullerton)
Others nominated (Women’s Track): Samantha Huerta (Cal State Fullerton); Jasmine Vasquez (CSUN); Kierra Davis (UC Davis)
Others nominated (Men’s Field): Alvin Sung (Cal State Fullerton); Daniel Swarbrick (CSUN); Steven Childs (UC Davis); Seth Enochs (UC Irvine)
Others nominated (Women’s Field): Caice Lanovaz (Cal Poly); Nicole Clark (Cal State Fullerton)