ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Hawaii’s Spieler Named Semifinalist For NCAA Award
The NCAA announced the 30 semifinalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award on Wednesday, with former University of Hawai’i beach volleyball player Katie Spieler among the honorees. A record 517 school nominees were submitted this year, which was whittled down to 142 conference nominees. The committee selected 30 women from that pool – 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions, who represent 13 sports and a host of diverse majors. Full Story
2. Berger Breaks Hawai’i Record
In Hawai’i’s 2-0 win over Denver on Sunday, Monk Berger captured her 13th shutout of her career, and fourth in five games, to set a new program record for career sutouts. She breaks Kori Lu’s (2005-08) previous school record of 12 career solo shutouts. Full Story
3. Highlanders Name Nikki Palmer Head Softball Coach
UC Riverside Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Tamica Smith Jones announced earlier this week the hiring of Nikki Palmer as the Highlanders’ new head softball coach. A Temecula, Calif., native and graduate of nearby UC San Diego, Palmer comes to UC Riverside following three seasons as the head coach at Utah Valley. She made history during her first season at the helm of the Wolverines, leading them to the WAC Tournament Championship, and Utah Valley’s first postseason berth for any sport in the school’s NCAA era. Full Story
4. Dhillon Hat Trick Hands Cal Poly Men’s Soccer First Win Of The Season
Senior forward Justin Dhillon (above) recorded the ninth hat trick in the Cal Poly men’s soccer program’s 23-year Division I era Sunday afternoon and freshman midfielder Kenneth Higgins chipped in his first collegiate goal as the Mustangs eased past Fresno Pacific in their 2016 home opener at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 4-1. Full Story
5. Historic Seasons Continue
The UC Santa Barbara women's soccer program, owning a perfect 7-0-0 mark, is off to its best start since 1990, while the UC Irvine women are off to a 7-1-0 start, its best since the 1998 team was 7-0-1 through eight games. The Gauchos women's volleyball team is also starting the new year strong with an 8-2 record, which has't been seen since 2009.