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Green Is Money In Big West Sweep
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MORGAN GREEN, UC IRVINE
Junior • Guard • San Jose, Calif. • Michigan State
➜ Green averaged 28.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 1.5 assists as the Anteaters recorded a road win against Hawai‘i (74-67) and a home triumph over UC Santa Barbara (77-74).
➜ Green’s exploits helped UCI snap an eight-game skid against UH and give the program its first road victory in the series since 1995. The ‘Eaters also ended a five-game losing streak to the Gauchos.
➜ In just her second game of the season, Green dropped a career-high 31 points on the Rainbow Wahine. She made 9 of 15 floor shots, including five three-point field goals, and hit on 8 of 9 from the free throw line.
➜ The Michigan State transfer added five rebounds, two assists, a block and a team-best five steals against UH.
➜ It was the first 30-point performance by a UCI player since Camille Buckley in 2014.
➜ The 5-7 guard returned less than 24 hours after arriving back on the mainland to collect a game-high 25 points in the three-point win over the Gauchos. Green added six rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal as UCI garnered its 10th victory – the first time in four years the program earned double-digit wins.
➜ For the week, Green shot 50.0 percent (17 for 34) from the field, 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from three-point range and 83.3 percent (15 of 18) from the free throw line.
Others nominated: Dynn Leaupepe (Cal Poly); Hannah Thompson (Cal State Fullerton); Channon Fluker (CSUN); Shanaijah Davison (Long Beach State); Pele Gianotti (UC Davis); Sarah Bates (UC Santa Barbara); Makenna Woodfolk (Hawai‘i)
Levin Keys Long Beach State Sweep
MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
GABE LEVIN, LONG BEACH STATE
Senior • Forward • Oak Park, Ill. • Loyola Marymount
➜ Gabe Levin earned his second career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honor after leading the team in scoring in a pair of wins over CSUN (80-70) and UC Riverside (75-68).
➜ The 6-7 forward averaged 23.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 blocks over the two games, helping the Beach improve to 3-1 in Big West play and into a tie for second place.
➜ Levin established a career high with 29 points in the CSUN win. He made 10 of 15 floor shots and canned 9 of 10 at the foul line.
➜ Levin added nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and a blocked shot against the Matadors in 35 minutes of play.
➜ He had 18 points at UC Riverside, marking the ninth time this year he has led or tied for the team lead in scoring.
➜ Chipped in eight rebounds, an assist, two steals and two blocks versus the Highlanders in 32 minutes. His eight boards helped the Beach outrebound UCR by a wide margin of 54-30.
Others nominated: Kyle Allman (Cal State Fullerton); Chima Moneke (UC Davis); Evan Leonard (UC Irvine); Mike Thomas (Hawai’i)
Long Beach State Produces Clean Sweep In Men's Volleyball Awards
A Long Beach State trio reaped the rewards of helping their team defeat two ranked opponents on the road.
JOSH TUANIGA, LONG BEACH STATE – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • Setter • Long Beach, Calif. • Huntington Beach, Calif.
➜ Long Beach State junior Josh Tuaniga earned his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week award after directing the offense to a .417 attack percentage in road sweeps over No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.
➜ The 6-3 setter averaged 10.17 assists per set with 32 helpers against Lewis and 29 more versus Loyola-Chicago.
➜ Tuaniga also contributed offensively with six kills on 10 attempts without committing an error.
➜ He added two aces, 13 digsand six blocks for the week.
➜ With Tuaniga running the offense, No. 2 Long Beach State is hitting .418 on the year.
Others nominated: Karl Apfelbach (UC Irvine); Stijn van Tilburg (Hawai‘i)
NICK AMADO, LONG BEACH STATE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Middle Blocker • Aliso Niguel, Calif. • Orange Coast College
➜ Long Beach State senior Nick Amado picked up his first career Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honor as a frontline stalwart for the Beach, averaging 1.67 blocks per set in a road sweep of No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.
➜ The 6-foot-6 middle blocker notched a career-high seven blocks in the 27-25, 25-18, 25-19 win over the Flyers. He also chipped in three kills.
➜ Against the Ramblers, Amado recorded three more blocks to give him 10 for the week.
➜ Amado hit an impressive .667 against Loyola with nine kills and just one error in 12 attempts. Overall, Amado hit .375 (12-3-24) for the week.
Others nominated: Scott Stadick (UC Irvine); Dalton Solbrig (Hawai‘i)
SIMON ANDERSON, LONG BEACH STATE – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Middle Blocker • Middlefart, Denmark
➜ Long Beach State middle blocker Simon Anderson secured his second consecutive Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week award with a strong all-around performance in a pair of road victories.
➜ Anderson hit .800 (13-1-15) from his middle blocker spot while averaging 2.17 kills, 0.50 aces and 1.17 blocks per set as the Beach won in three sets at No. 11 Lewis and No. 7 Loyola-Chicago.
➜ He put down eight kills in eight attempts against the Flyers, to go along with three aces and four block assists.
➜ Anderson knocked down five more kills against the Ramblers in a 25-15, 25-17, 25-21 effort, committing just one error in seven swings for .571 efficiency.
➜ Added one assist, two digs and three block assists to help the Beach improve to 6-0 overall.
Others nominated: Vlad Pesic (UC San Diego); Joel Schneidmiller (UC Irvine)
Leaupepe Explodes For Career-High 40 In Win
DYNN LEAUPEPE, CAL POLY
Senior • Guard • Camarillo, Calif. • Camarillo HS
➜ Leaupepe’s 40 points is tied for No. 6 nationally for highest total in a Division I game this season. It is the first 40-point game by a Mustang since Dec. 21, 2011 – when Kristina Santiago netted 44 against San Diego State. The school record of 46 was set in 1982 by Laura Buehning.
➜ The 5-9 guard drained 12 of 19 floor shoots, including three treys, and went 13 of 16 at the free throw line to keep the Mustangs in the game, and help overcome a 13-point fourth quarter deficit. That was Cal Poly’s largest comeback win since Nov. 23, 2014.
➜ Added 10 rebounds against the Highlanders to post her first double-double of the season. Had two assists and two steals in 35 minutes of action.
➜ Leaupepe dropped 30 points on rival UC Santa Barbara in a 73-68 loss. She had 12 made field goals (in 27 attempts) and hit all but one of six free throw attempts.
➜ She now has six 20-point games, three 30-point games and one 40-point game to her credit this season.
➜ Leaupepe moved to within six points of the career 1,300-point milestone and to No. 11 all-time at Cal Poly in career rebounds (513).
Others nominated: Jade Vega (Cal State Fullerton); Tessa Boagni (CSUN); Ma’Qhi Berry (Long Beach State); Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis); Yazzy Sa’Dullah (UC Irvine); Drew Edelman (UC Santa Barbara); Sarah Toeaina (Hawai‘i)
Allman Helps Cal State Fullerton To 2-0 Big West Start
KYLE ALLMAN, CAL STATE FULLERTON
Junior • Guard • Brooklyn, N.Y. • High School For Construction Trades, Engineering And Architecture
➜ Kyle Allman collected his second career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award after averaging 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in a pair of Cal State Fullerton victories.
➜ Allman posted his third 30-point game of the season, scoring 30 exactly in a 101-97 road win in overtime against Cal Poly.
➜ He made 10 of 17 floor shots against the Mustangs and drained 10 of 15 from the free throw line.
➜ Allman added a career-high nine rebounds to go along with two assists, one steal and two blocked shots versus Cal Poly.
➜ In a 68-65 home win over UC Riverside in the Big West opener, Allman garnered 16 points on 6 of 12 shooting, chipping in six rebounds, two assists and a steal.
➜ The guard shot 55.2 percent (16 of 29) from the field and connected at 72.2 percent (13 of 18) from the charity stripe.
Others nominated: Victor Joseph (Cal Poly); Gabe Levin (Long Beach State); TJ Shorts II (UC Davis); Eyassu Worku (UC Irvine); Leland King II (UC Santa Barbara); Mike Thomas (Hawai’i)