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    Men's Basketball

    Hazzard Earns First Career Weekly Men's Hoops Honor


    Junior • Guard • Los Angeles, Calif. • Loyola HS

    Junior Max Hazzard earned his first career Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week award, providing a pair of standout performances and helping his UC Irvine squad to a 2-0 start.

    • Hazzard averaged 15.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists as the Anteaters collected wins over Idaho and Texas A&M.

    • He shot 50.0% from the field on 11-of-22 shooting, including 57.1% (8-of-14) from three-point territory.

    • Hazzard hit three triples and finished with 11 points, three rebounds and five assists in a season-opening 86-68 triumph over Idaho.  He did not commit a turnover in 26 minutes.

    • The Anteaters downed Texas A&M, 74-73, on the road behind Hazzard’s team-high 19 points.  It was UCI’s first win over an SEC school since defeating South Carolina in 2006.

    • The guard drained a career-high tying five three-pointers against the Aggies – three of them in the second half – as the ‘Eaters overcame a 14-point deficit with 18:02 to go in the game.

    • Hazzard shot 7-of-13 from the field against Texas A&M while chipping in four rebounds and two assists.

    • Dating to last season, UCI has won six consecutive road games, the fifth-longest active streak in Division I.

    OTHERS NOMINATED: Marcellus Garrick (Cal Poly); Khalil Ahmad (Cal State Fullerton); Lamine Diane (CSUN); Deishuan Booker (Long Beach State); Dikymbe Martin (UC Riverside); Devearl Ramsey (UC Santa Barbara); Zigmars Raimo (Hawai‘i)

    Women's Basketball

    Smith Claims Second Career Women's Basketball Weekly Honor


    Senior • Guard • Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. • Etiwanda HS

    Senior Daeja Smith recorded her second career Big West Women’s Basketball Player of the Week accolade, notching two double-doubles to help Cal State Fullerton split a pair of games in the Pacific Northwest.

    • Smith averaged 20.0 points and 13.0 rebounds as the Titans won a tight game at Seattle and fell in a hard fought battle to Washington.

    • The 6-foot-3 center had 18 points and 12 rebounds to help the Titans defeat the Redhawks, 57-54.  She scored six points during a decisive 11-0 run over the final five minutes as a key to victory.

    • Smith equalled her career high with 22 points to go along with 14 rebounds – both game-highs in an 83-74 loss to the Huskies.

    • Smith shot 60.7% (17-of-28) from the floor over the two games, and nine of her 26 boards came on the offensive end.

    • She also tallied one steal in each contest.

    • Smith became the 11th Titan in school history to climb above both the 800-point career mark and 600-career rebound plateau.

    OTHERS NOMINATED: Devin Stanback (Cal Poly); Channon Fluker (CSUN); Shanaijah Davison (Long Beach State); Morgan Bertsch (UC Davis); Sabrina Engelstad (UC Irvine); Jannon Otto (UC Riverside); Natalia Bruening (UC Santa Barbara)

    Women's Volleyball

    Long Beach State Duo Heads Up Women's Volleyball Weekly Honorees


    Senior • OH • Los Angeles, Calif. • Arizona

    • Tyler Spriggs captured her first career Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week honor as the leader of Long Beach State’s offense in two victories.

    • The 6-foot-1 outside hitter had back-to-back 21-kill performances in consecutive four-set road wins over UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

    • Spriggs hit .400 for the week with 42 kills and just four errors in 95 swings.

    • She also totaled 18 digs and seven blocks (two solo).

    • Spriggs averaged 5.25 kills and 2.25 digs per set.  She collected eight digs against the Highlanders, then secured her fifth double-double of the season with 10 scoops versus the Titans.

    • She hit .442 (21-2-43) against the Titans with four blocks.

    Others nominated: Torrey Van Winden (Cal Poly); Felicia Marshall (Cal State Fullerton); Morgan Salone (CSUN); Idara Akpakpa (UC Irvine); Chelsea Doyle (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara); McKenna Granato (Hawai‘i)

    Junior • DS/L • Phoenix, Ariz. • Desert Vista HS

    • Hailey Harward earned her fourth career Defensive Player of the Week award – first of this season – as she spearheaded the Long Beach State defense with a pair of 20-dig efforts.

    • Harward averaged 6.13 digs per set as the Beach sported back-to-back four-set road wins against UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton.

    • The 5-foot-9 defensive specialist/libero tallied 23 digs against the Highlanders, then came back and notched a season-high 26 digs versus the Titans.

    • Her 49 digs for the week upped her team-leading total to 358 for the season.

    • Harward also served up four aces against CSF and had nine assists over the two contests.

    Others nominated: Katherine Brouker (Cal Poly); Savahna Costello (Cal State Fullerton); Kristey Markle (CSUN); Malia Bolko (UC Davis); Erin Alonso (UC Irvine); Nicole Rodriguez (UC Riverside); Emilia Petrachi (UC Santa Barbara); Kamalei Krug (Hawai‘i)

    OH • Yucaipa, Calif. • Yucaipa HS

    • Marissa Holt led UC Riverside to a 1-1 split and secured her first career Freshman Player of the Week award.

    • The 5-foot-11 outside hitter hit an efficient .323 (42-11-96) while averaging 4.67 kills per set.

    • Holt contributed 17 kills – second-most on the team – to go along with four digs and a block in a four-set loss to Long Beach State.  She hit .289 (17-4-45) against the Beach.

    • In a five-set triumph over CSUN, Holt pounded a career-best 25 kills on .353 hitting.  She added three digs as the Highlanders improved to 4-10 in Big West play.

    • Holt is the first UCR recipient of Freshman Player of the Week honors since Nicole Rodriguez on Nov. 20, 2017.

    Others nominated: Avalon DeNecochea (Cal Poly); Lexi McLeod (CSUN); Kashauna Williams (Long Beach State); Abby Marjama (UC Irvine); Olivia Lovenberg (UC Santa Barbara); Kamalei Krug (Hawai‘i)


    Smith, Cantlay Collect October Golfer of the Month Honors


    Zach Smith of UC Santa Barbara and Caroline Cantlay of Cal Poly earned Big West Golfer of the Month accolades for their performances in October.

    Smith Records Nine Rounds of Par or Better in October

    UC Santa Barbara senior Zach Smith (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley HS) notched his third career Big West Men’s Golfer of the Month honor as he shot par or better in all nine rounds he competed in for the month of October.

    Smith shot below par in all three tournaments – Nick Watney Invitational, Bill Cullum Invitational and Visit Stockton Invitational.  The Gauchos finished third overall as a team in the first two tournaments and completed competition with a seventh place showing at the Visit Stockton Invitational.

    Smith recorded three rounds of 69 during the month – the first round of the Nick Watney and the first two of the Bill Cullum.  He shot no worse than 72 in any of the nine rounds.

    He finished in a tie for 12th with a 4-under 212 (69-71-72) at the Nick Watney.

    His best finish came at the Bill Cullum Invite when he carded an 8-under 208, concluding the tourney with a 70 following the two 69’s.  Smith was either in the lead or tied for it much of the final day, eventually settling for a second place tie with UCLA’s Bryan Wiyang Teoh.

    Smith’s 2-under 211 (70-70-71) secured a tie for 21st place overall at the Visit Stockton Invitational.

    Smith averaged 70.11 over nine rounds of competition.

    Others nominated: Tomas Helgo (CSUN); Joe Fryer (Long Beach State); Thomas Hutchison (UC Davis); Ramiz Jamal (UC Irvine); Justin Arcano (Hawai‘i)

    Cantlay Establishes School Record For 54 Hole Score

    Cal Poly sophomore Caroline Cantlay’s (Los Alamitos, Calif./Rosary Academy) claimed Big West Women’s Golfer of the Month accolades for October on the strength of her first career tournament victory.

    Cantlay shattered the school record for lowest score over 54 holes as she carded a 10-under 206 at the UC Irvine Invitational.  The previous record belonged to Sophie Bergland, who had a 212 total at the Bobcat Desert Invitational in April 2017.

    Cantlay followed her rounds of 68 and 70 Monday with another 68 Tuesday to win by three strokes over Cameron Lee of San Diego State and Erica Wang of Cal Baptist.  Her 206 score obliterated her previous best for 54 holes by 18 strokes.

    She became the school’s 12th individual winner since the inception of the program in 2000.

    Her dominating performance on the 6,072-yard, par-72 Santa Ana Country Club course sparked Cal Poly to the team championship, the 23rd tournament title in program history.  Cantlay’s 138 for 36 holes also represented a school record.

    Led by Cantlay, the team set school records for 18, 36 and 54 holes.  The 54-hole aggregate of 859 surpassed the old mark of 871 established in the Rose City Collegiate hosted by Portland State on Sept. 25-26, 2017.

    Cantlay also competed in one other tournament in October – the Pat Lesser-Harbottle Invitational.  She tied for 30th overall with a score of 230.  She fired a final round 74 to help the Mustangs finish seventh out of 18 teams.

    Others nominated:
    Pauline Welker (Cal State Fullerton); Haley Tygret (Long Beach State); Christine Danielsson (UC Davis)

    Women's Volleyball

    Cal Poly Sweeps Women's Volleyball Honors


    Junior • OH • Napa, Calif. • UCLA

    • Torrey Van Winden earned her fourth Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week award this season as she led Cal Poly to a pair of conference sweeps.

    • The 6-foot-3 opposite averaged 6.33 kills, 4.00 digs and 0.50 aces over six sets as the Mustangs defeated UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara in quick fashion.

    • Van Winden recorded her ninth and 10th double-doubles of the season to help Cal Poly improve to 21-2 on the season, remaining in first place in the Big West with an 11-1 mark.

    • Van Winden tallied a match-high 21 kills, 11 digs and two service aces against the Anteaters.  She hit .375 (21-6-40) for the match.

    • Against the Gauchos, she collected 17 kills, 13 digs, a block and an ace while hitting .350 (17-3-40).

    • Van Winden collected her eighth match with 20 or more kills this season.

    Others nominated: Morgan Salone (CSUN); Tyler Spriggs (Long Beach State); Nicola Moore (UC Davis); Makayla Wolfe (UC Irvine); McKenna Granato (Hawai‘i)


    S • San Diego, Calif. • University HS

    • Avalon DeNecochea captured her third Freshman Player of the Week honor after directing the Cal Poly offense to .279 hitting in back-to-back conference sweeps of UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.

    • The 6-foot-2 setter averaged 11.83 assists and 2.17 digs per set for the week.

    • DeNecochea collected 39 assists (13.00 aps) versus the Anteaters to go along with three digs and a block assists.

    • She returned against the Gauchos to tally her second double-double of the season, finishing with 32 assists and 10 digs.  DeNecochea chipped in two block assists.

    • Marjama has had two or more aces in 10 matches this season.

    Others nominated:
    Nicole Nevarez (CSUN); Dylan Dela Cruz (Long Beach State); Josie Ough (UC Davis); Abby Marjama (UC Irvine); Megan Lewis (UC Santa Barbara)

    Senior • L • San Diego, Calif. • West Hills HS

    • Katherine Brouker tallied her third career Defensive Player of the Week honor – first of the 2018 season – as the Cal Poly libero averaged 5.17 digs per set in two league wins.

    • Brouker reached double-figure dig totals in both matches, tallying 17 against UC Irvine and 14 versus UC Santa Barbara.

    • She has notched double-digit digs in 21 of Cal Poly’s 23 contests this season.

    • Brouker added two aces against UCI and dished out seven assists over the two contests.

    Others nominated: Kristey Markle (CSUN); Lauren Jackson (UC Davis); Haley DeSales (UC Irvine); Emilia Petrachi (UC Riverside); Reyn Akiu (Hawai‘i)