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Swanson, Houbova Lead Squads to Big Victories
Chethan Swanson of UC Davis and Alzbeta Houbova of Hawai‘i helped their respective tennis teams to solid starts as the first recipients of 2019 weekly honors.
Swanson Makes Big Contributions In 2-0 Aggie Start
UC Davis sophomore Chethan Swanson (Folsom, Calif./Folsom HS) notched Big West Men’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors for his clutch play in home wins over Pacific and Fresno State.
Swanson won both of his singles matches when the stakes were highest on a weekend where weather and wet courts caused delays and competition relocations.
In a 4-2 win against Pacific, Swanson gave his team a 3-2 lead with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph at No. 5 singles against Akron El Sally. Swanson overcame the early first set deficit to easily take the next two versus a foe who had played as high as No. 1 in the singles lineup last year for the Tigers.
Swanson was instrumental in a 4-3 victory over Fresno State, marking just the second time in program history that the Aggies beat the Bulldogs. UC Davis trailed 3-2 in the match, with Swanson looking to even things up at No. 4 singles against Cagatay Soke.
Swanson led 5-4 in the third set when the match was postponed due to darkness. The schools relocated to a nearby country club to play under lights, and Swanson persevered through a third set tiebreaker to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4) against Soke, who was 15-6 in dual matches last year.
The Aggies eventually went on to win the doubles point for the 4-3 team triumph.
Despite starting the Saturday doubleheader nearly four hours late due to inclement weather, UC Davis has its best start to a season since 2008 (3-0) thanks to Swanson’s singles play.
Others nominated: Andre Ilagan (Hawai‘i)
Houbova Helps Hawai‘i to 2-0 Start
Hawai‘i junior Alzbeta Houbova (Zilina, Slovakia/Sukromne Gymnasium Zilina) captured Big West Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors as the only ‘Bow to win all four of her singles and doubles matches in a pair of wins.
Houbova was crucial to UH’s success in back-to-back 4-3 team victories over Baylor and CSUN. Baylor is ranked just outside the top 25 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll.
Playing at No. 6 in the singles lineup against the Bears, Houbova rolled to a 6-4, 6-2 win over Stephanie Adames. She also partnered with Michelle Pits at No. 3 doubles, needing a win over Kris Sorokolet and Katelyn Parker to secure the doubles point for UH. The ‘Bow duo did just that with a 7-6 (4) win in the tiebreaker.
Hawai‘i won its Big West opener against CSUN with Houbova again playing a vital role. She moved up to No. 5 singles and scraped out a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Emma Roenholt. In doubles, Houbova and Pits found themselves once again in the deciding role as the matches were tied 1-1. However, Houbova and Pits doubled up Roenholt and Sibel Demirbaga, 6-3, paving the way for the narrow win over the Matadors.
Others nominated: Ana Fraile Toboso (CSUN)
Gomez Notches First Career Men's Hoops Weekly Honor
TERRELL GOMEZ, CSUN • MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore • Guard • Los Angeles, Calif. • Middlebrooks Academy
CSUN sophomore Terrell Gomez turned in a pair of stellar performances to capture his first career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award.
• Gomez averaged 27.5 points, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists to help the Matadors start 2-0 in Big West play with hard fought victories over UC Riverside and Cal Poly on the road.
• The 5-foot-8 guard shot a robust 57.6% (19-of-33) from the field, connecting at an even better rate from three-point territory, 58.8% (10-of-17).
• He poured in a career-high 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting in a come-from-behind 84-83 win at UCR. Gomez dropped 19 points in the second half to help the Matadors overcome a seven-point halftime deficit.
• Against the Highlanders, Gomez tied career-bests for field goals made (11) and three-point field goals made (6). His hook shot in the final minute increased CSUN’s lead to five.
• Gomez added 23 points on 8-of-16 shooting in a 78-74, overtime victory at Cal Poly. He knocked down four triples to give him a Big West-leading 63 for the season.
• He added four rebounds, three assists and four steals in the two wins while playing all but four minutes.
OTHERS NOMINATED: Donovan Fields (Cal Poly); Austen Awosika (Cal State Fullerton); Deishuan Booker (Long Beach State); Jonathan Galloway (UC Irvine); Devearl Ramsey (UC Santa Barbara); Sheriff Drammeh (Hawai‘i)
Kanoa Leads Hawai'i To Big Conference Win
TIA KANOA, HAWAI‘I •
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • Guard • Honolulu, Hawai‘i • Arizona State
Tia Kanoa flirted with a triple-double to help Hawai‘i knock off the reigning conference regular season champion, and earn her first career Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week award.
• Kanoa tallied 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in 37 minutes of action as the Rainbow Wahine defeated UC Davis, 65-60, snapping an Aggie six-game winning streak.
• The 5-foot-8 guard was an efficient 4-of-6 from the field – making both three-point attempts – and sank 5-of-6 at the free throw line.
• Three of Kanoa’s eight boards came on the offensive end.
• Trailing the Aggies by five points entering the fourth quarter, Kanoa scored seven points with three rebounds and two assists in the decisive frame to spark the 10-point turnaround.
• Kanoa yanked down a key offensive rebound with 38 seconds remaining and UH up by one, then corralled an Aggie miss with seven ticks left and the Rainbow Wahine leading by three. Kanoa sank two free throws for the final margin of victory.
OTHERS NOMINATED: Dye Stahley (Cal Poly); De’Jionae Calloway (CSUN); Cydnee Kinslow (Long Beach State); Yazzy Sa’Dullah (UC Irvine); Coco Miller (UC Santa Barbara)
Schneidmiller Repeats As Men's Volleyball Player of the Week
JOEL SCHNEIDMILLER, UC IRVINE • MEN'S VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore • Outside Hitter • Saratoga, Calif. • Saratoga HS
• It’s two for two for Joel Schneidmiller as the attacker claimed his second consecutive Big West Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week award – third overall – leading UC Irvine to three more road wins.
• Schneidmiller helped the Anteaters win nine out of 10 sets in wins at Ball State, Princeton and George Mason. He totaled 44 kills, 17 digs and eight aces as the second-ranked Anteaters improved to 5-0 on the young season.
• Schneidmiller collected 18 kills on .400 hitting (18-6-30) in the sweep of No. 14 Ball State. The 18 kills are the third best total nationally for a three set match.
• The 6-foot-6 outside hitter led UCI with 12 kills with just one error in 17 attempts (.647) and added a career-high five aces at Princeton.
• He finished the road trip with 14 kills, nine digs and three more aces against George Mason. He averaged 4.40 kills, 1.70 digs and 0.80 aces while hitting .388 (44-13-80) for the week.
Others nominated: Ksawery Tomsia (CSUN); TJ DeFalco (Long Beach State); Wyatt Harrison (UC San Diego); Keenan Sanders (UC Santa Barbara); Stijn van Tilburg (Hawai‘i)
SCOTT STADICK, UC IRVINE •
MEN'S VOLLEYBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • Middle Blocker • Watertown, Wisc. • Watertown HS
• Scott Stadick of UC Irvine claimed his sixth career Big West Men’s Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week award as a stalwart at the net in three wins.
• The 7-foot middle blocker tallied 12 blocks (1.20 bps) in 10 sets as the “Eaters defeated No. 14 Ball State, Princeton and George Mason on the road.
• Stadick had two block assists versus Ball State, six total blocks against Princeton (2 solo, 4 assists) and four total blocks versus George Mason (1 solo, 3 assists).
• His three solo blocks moved into third all-time at UCI and became the school leader in the rally scoring era.
Others nominated: Emmett Enriques (CSUN); Jordan Molina (Long Beach State); Vlad Pesic (UC San Diego); Hayden Boehle (UC Santa Barbara); Gage Worsley (Hawai‘i)
TAYLOR ITTNER, CSUN • MEN'S VOLLEYBALL FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Setter • Meadow Vista, Calif. • Placer HS
• Taylor Ittner is the Big West Men’s Volleyball Freshman Player of the Week after leading CSUN to a 2-0 record, including a sweep of No. 2 UCLA.
• Ittner led the Matador attackers to a season-best .417 hitting clip as CSUN recorded its first home win over UCLA since 2014.
• He dished out 26 assists to go along with four digs and a block against the Bruins.
• Ittner had 27 assists, two digs and three block assists in three sets of action as CSUN won 3-1 over UC Merced.
Others nominated: Gabe Avillion (UC San Diego); Ryan Wilcox (UC Santa Barbara)
Rowe's Double-Double Secures First Career Weekly Award
JACKSON ROWE, CAL STATE FULLERTON • MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • Forward • Toronto, Ontario • Wasatch Academy
Earning his first career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award, junior Jackson Rowe contributed a double-double in nearly leading Cal State Fullerton to a road upset of Washington.
• Rowe tallied 22 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double this season – and the 11th of his career.
• The 22 points was a season-high for the 6-foot-7 forward in the narrow 84-76 loss against the Huskies.
• Rowe scored 15 of his points in the first half to give the Titans a 42-34 lead at halftime. Rowe gave the Titans their final lead of the game, 62-60, converting a traditional three-point play with 6:18 to go in the game before the Huskies close the game on a 24-14 run.
• Six of Rowe’s 11 rebounds came on the offensive end, helping the Titans enjoy a 14-10 advantage in second chance points.
• Rowe added an assist and a blocked shot in his 36 minutes of activity.
• He made 9-of-13 shots from the floor and hit 4-of-5 from the free throw line.
• Rowe recorded double-digit rebounds for the second straight game and fourth time this season.
OTHERS NOMINATED: Marcellus Garrick (Cal Poly); Lamine Diane (CSUN); Bryan Alberts (Long Beach State); Max Hazzard (UC Irvine); Zac Watson (UC Riverside)