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Merchan Joins UCSB Lagoon Winners On Honor Roll
CSUN senior Michael Merchan accompanied UCSB Lagoon individual medalists Nick Randazzo and Katie Camarena on the weekly cross country honor roll.
Merchan finished 12th out of 172 competitors at the UC Riverside Invitational in the 8K. The top performer among Big West participants, Merchan clocked 24:32.7 to lead the Matadors to a 13th place finish out of 21 teams. Long Beach State’s Trevor Stangle (24:47.9) and UC Irvine’s Hector Garcia (24:49.4) followed Merchan among the top conference finishers.
The UCSB Lagoon Open featured the host Gauchos, Cal Poly and Cal State Fullerton.
Randazzo earned the individual men’s title in 24:53.43, outdistancing teammate Yousef Baddour (25:00.55) and Cal Poly sophomore Jake Ritter (25:02.05). The Gauchos finished second in the team standings.
Camarena won women’s 5K medalist honors by less than a second over teammate Astrid Rosvall. The junior ran the course in 17:06.91, nipping Rosvall (17:07.71) at the finish line. The Gauchos finished third as a team with 48 points.
Others nominated (men): Samuel Pimentel (Cal State Fullerton); Antonio Carbajal (UC Riverside)
Others nominated (women): Lucina Vincent (Cal State Fullerton); Hannah Chau (UC Irvine)
Trejo, Regitnig Sweep Men's Soccer Awards For Second Time In Three Weeks
DANIEL TREJO, CSUN – OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore • F • Mendota, Calif. • Mendota HS
Daniel Trejo keyed a 2-0 week for CSUN, which defeated two nationally ranked opponents.
• Trejo earned his second Offensive Player of the Week award after recording two goals and an assist to help the Matadors knock off No. 17 Cornell (3-1) and No. 11 UCLA (2-1).
• The 5-foot-9 forward notched CSUN’s third goal against the Big Red, scoring just 34 seconds after Cornell had narrowed its deficit to 2-1.
• Trejo collected an assist on CSUN’s first goal against the Bruins, tying the score at 1-1 as his shot rebounded to Wolfgang Prentice, who slotted a shot past the keeper.
• Trejo recorded his second game-winning goal – and conference-best fifth of the year – at the 65:27 mark.
• He has tallied at least one point in four of the last five matches, and he leads the Big West with 14 points.
Others nominated: Sean Goode (Cal Poly); Robert Coronado (Cal State Fullerton); Justin Wright (UC Davis); Ivan Canales (UC Irvine); Edward Benito (UC Riverside); Thibault Candia (UC Santa Barbara)
HENRIK REGITNIG, CSUN – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • GK • Invermere, B.C. • UMKC
Henrik Regitnig improved to 6-1 in net this season as the CSUN goalkeeper held both No. 17 Cornell and No. 11 UCLA to one goal apiece in a pair of victories.
• The senior garnered his second Defensive Player of the Week honor – and the fifth of his career. He posted a 1.00 goals against average and .778 save percentage.
• The five Player of the Week honors place him in a tie for fourth all-time on the Big West career list.
• Regitnig stopped two Cornell shots in a 3-1 win, and made five more saves in the 2-1 triumph over UCLA.
• Regitnig leads the Big West with 30 saves. He is one of four keepers in the conference with a sub-1.00 GPA, checking in at 0.86.
Others nominated: Paul-Andre Guerin (Cal State Fullerton); Nick Kubler (Sacramento State); Jake Haupt (UC Davis); Greg Patenaude (UC Irvine); Edwyn Gutierrez (UC Riverside); Faouzi Taieb (UC Santa Barbara)
Hasco, Roy Corral Women's Soccer Accolades
EMMA HASCO, UC DAVIS – OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • MF • Upper St. Clair, Pa. • Upper St. Clair HS
Emma Hasco garnered her first career Offensive Player of the Week award, celebrating her first collegiate goal against Pac-12 opponent California.
• The UC Davis junior scored her team’s lone goal in a 1-1 tie with the Bears, which were receiving votes in the latest national polls.
• Hasco leveled the score at 1-1 with her 60th minute free kick just outside the 18 yard box. Facing a four-woman wall, Hasco struck a shot toward the right post which cleared the hands of the diving Bear goalkeeper.
• Hasco became the seventh different goal scorer for UC Davis this season, and notched the team’s eighth goal of the year – two shy of last year’s total and three more than the team’s non-conference total from all of 2017.
• The Aggies have played in three consecutive double overtime contests – the first time that has happened since 2014.
Others nominated: Bethany Fitzsimmons (CSUN); Amanda Roy (UC Riverside)
AMANDA ROY, UC RIVERSIDE – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • D • San Diego, Calif. • Rancho Bernardo HS
• The anchor of the UC Riverside defense, Amanda Roy played an integral role in a pair of shutout wins against San Jose State and UNLV.
• The Highlanders topped both opponents by identical 1-0 scores to improve to 8-0-1 on the year – the program’s best start since 2004.
• Roy aided the Highlander defense, which has posted eight shutouts in nine games. The Spartans and Rebels managed just a combined 10 shots over the two games, with only five of those attempts on frame.
• The junior defender also worked some offensive magic with her third career goal in the 13th minute against the Spartans. She scored on a header off of a perfect corner kick from teammate Danielle O’Brien.
• This is Roy’s second career Defensive Player of the Week honor. She received her first award on Oct. 25, 2016.
Others nominated: Lindsay Kutscher (CSUN); Alexis Smith (UC Davis); Sydney Magnin (UC Santa Barbara)
Van Winden Earns Back-To-Back Women's Volleyball Awards
TORREY VAN WINDEN, CAL POLY – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • OH • Napa, Calif. • UCLA
• For the second time in her Cal Poly career, Torrey Van Winden captured back-to-back Player of the Week honors, spearheading the Mustangs to a 3-0 record at the North Texas Challenge.
• The 6-foot-3 outside hitter hit .453 (60-12-106) over 10 sets as the Mustangs vanquished Mississippi State (3-0), Wichita State (3-1) and host Mean Green (3-0). She averaged 6.00 kills, 2.30 digs, 0.90 blocks and 0.30 aces.
• Van Winden recorded 17 kills on .364 hitting in the tournament opening win over Mississippi State.
• She notched 21 kills and added nine digs against Wichita State. Against North Texas, she posted her fourth 20-plus kill match of the year, finishing with 22. She hit .559 (22-3-34).
• Van Winden chipped in with 11 digs against North Texas to finish with her third double-double of the season. Also had three aces against the Mean Green while posting three block assists in all three contests.
Others nominated: Aeryn Owens (CSUN); Tyler Spriggs (Long Beach State); Ali Koumelis (UC Irvine); Chelsea Doyle (UC Riverside); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara); Natasha Burns (Hawai‘i)
ALLISON MARTINEZ, LONG BEACH STATE – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
OH • Montebello, Calif. • Westridge School
• Allison Martinez helped Long Beach State to a pair of wins in claiming her first Freshman Player of the Week award.
• Martinez finished the week with 18 kills, five blocks and three digs as the Beach knocked off Lamar (3-1) and Fresno State (3-2) at the LBSU Mizuno Invitational. The 6-foot outside hitter hit a sizzling .577 overall with with just three errors in 26 swings.
• Martinez had six kills, two digs and three blocks versus Lamar.
• She really stepped up in the five-set triumph over the Bulldogs, posting a season-high 12 kills on 15 swings – .733 hitting – and adding a dig and two blocks.
Others nominated: Avalon DeNecochea (Cal Poly); Alexandra Pestolis (Cal State Fullerton); Abby Marjama (UC Irvine); Nailah Jones (UC Riverside); Olivia Lovenberg (UC Santa Barbara)
ALLY REYES, UC DAVIS – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • L/DS • Shadow Hills, Calif. • Village Christian HS
• UC Davis junior Ally Reyes averaged 5.38 digs per set in two matches as libero and established a career-best for digs against Pac-12 opponent Arizona.
• The former serving specialist donned the libero jersey in the second match of the Wildcat Classic against UT Martin and tied her then-career high of 13 digs in a four-set win.
• Against the tournament host Wildcats, Reyes more than doubled that effort with a career-best 30 scoops in a four-set loss. Arizona entered the weekend ranked No. 24 nationally in hitting percentage and fourth in kills per set.
• Reyes chipped in with 11 assists and two service aces over the three matches.
Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Neena Dimas (Cal State Fullerton); Emma Kirst (Long Beach State); Idara Akpakpa (UC Irvine); Victoria Bachawati (UC Riverside); Reyn Akiu (Hawai‘i)
Van Winden, DeNecochea Highlight Women's Volleyball Honorees
TORREY VAN WINDEN, CAL POLY – PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior • OH • Napa, Calif. • UCLA
• Torrey Van Winden earned her third career Player of the Week award, leading Cal Poly to back-to-back wins over No. 9 UCLA.
• The 6-foot-3 outside hitter averaged 5.50 kills, 2.63 digs, 0.88 block and 0.38 aces per set as the 22nd-ranked Mustangs vanquished her former school in four sets both nights.
• Van Winden tallied 18 kills and 13 digs for her third double-double of the season in Cal Poly’s home opener Thursday. She added three block assists and two aces.
• She bettered that performance in the rematch, posting a season-high 26 kills on .362 hitting (26-5-58). Van Winden chipped in eight digs, four block assists and an ace in the 17-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-23 victory.
• In the second match, Van Winden put the Mustangs up two sets to one with a monstrous third set in which she had 10 kills and no errors while hitting at a .562 clip.
Others nominated: Aeryn Owens (CSUN); Tyler Spriggs (Long Beach State); Emily Allen (UC Davis); Ali Koumelis (UC Irvine); Chelsea Doyle (UC Riverside); Lindsey Ruddins (UC Santa Barbara); Natasha Burns (Hawai‘i)
AVALON DeNECOCHEA, CAL POLY – FRESHMAN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
S • San Diego, Calif. • University HS
• Avalon DeNecochea directed Cal Poly to two wins over No. 9 UCLA with a 12.63 assists per set average en route to her first career Freshman Player of the Week nod.
• In the consecutive four-set wins over the Bruins, the 6-foot-2 setter dished out 51 assists in the first match and 50 in the rematch to help the Mustangs defeat a top-10 team for the first time in over a decade.
• DeNecochea also provided three kills and an ace in each contest. She had 13 digs and six total blocks (one solo) over the eight sets.
• DeNecochea helped Cal Poly extend its overall winning streak to six straight, and tie the program record for consecutive home wins (13) that dates back to 2016.
Others nominated: Nicole Nevarez (CSUN); Kashauna Williams (Long Beach State); Nailah Jones (UC Riverside); Olivia Lovenberg (UC Santa Barbara)
REYN AKIU, HAWAI‘I – DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior • L/DS • Honolulu, O’ahu • Texas Tech
• Reyn Akiu collected her first career Defensive Player of the Week honor as the Hawai‘i libero averaged 5.38 digs per set to help Hawai‘i finish 2-1 at the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge.
• Akiu, a transfer from Texas Tech, accumulated 70 digs over the three matches as the Rainbow Wahine defeated Idaho and San Diego State in four sets, while falling to Portland in five sets.
• The 5-foot-3 libero collected a career-high 22 digs against Idaho, then upped her career-best to 26 scoops one night later versus Portland. She finished the tournament with 22 more digs against the Aztecs.
• Akiu also contributed seven assists and two aces on the week.
Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Kristey Markle (CSUN); Emma Kirst (Long Beach State); Malia Bolko (UC Davis); Haley DeSales (UC Irvine); Kaiulani Ahuna (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara)