UC Davis junior Paige Virgil (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) notched a hat trick to help the Aggies upend CSUN in the conference opener for both teams, leading to her second selection this year as the Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week.
Virgil earned her first award on Feb. 15 after scoring a career-high seven goals against No. 14 Long Beach State.
It was Virgil’s first hat trick of the year that led the Aggies to the 13-10 win over the No. 21 Matadors. Virgil added a career-high three assists and one drawn exclusion.
Virgil scored two goals in the team’s comeback third quarter, which erased what was a 6-4 deficit.
The Aggies have won five straight and 10 of their last 12 contests.
Others nominated: Shannon Hovanesian (CSUN); Christina Kotsia (Long Beach State); Mary Brooks (UC Irvine); Carla Abellan (Hawai‘i)