ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!
1. Defending Champ Hawai’i, Along With Three Other Schools, Perfect In Opening Weekend Of Big West Play
With the first week of conference play in the books, our Big West teams own a perfect record. Hawai’i dominated play in its first road contests of the season as it swept UC Santa Barbara and downed Cal Poly, 3-1, to post a 2-0 mark. The Rainbow Wahine have now tallied 23 consecutive conference wins and their 14th-straight Big West road win.
Long Beach State also went 2-0, defeating UC Davis and UC Irvine. The Matadors of CSUN also produced a 2-0 record to open conference playm but it didn’t come easy as both contests, against UC Irvine andUC Davis, went five sets.
Cal State Fullerton captured a win in its lone league contest last week. The win for the Titans ended a 19-match conference losing streak that dated back to Nov. 15, 2014, which was also a win over UCR). In addition, Fullerton won its first Big West Conference opener since 2011. It also marked the first conference win for second-year hed coach Ashley Preston.
2. More Success On The Links: Cal Poly Men’s Golf Captures 17th Team Title; CSF's Edberg Breaks School Record
Four more rounds under par enabled the Cal Poly men’s golf team to claim a first-place finish in the Hartford Hawk Invitational, which ended a two-day run Tuesday at the Bull’s Bridge Golf Club. Full Story
Senior Martina Edberg set a new Cal State Fullerton record Tuesday en route to her fifth career win at the WSU Cougar Cup hosted by Washington State at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. Edberg set a new 54-hole record as she posted a 10-under 206 to finish atop the individual leaderboard, seven strokes ahead of Sophie Hausmann and Amy Hasenoehrl of Idaho in second place. Full Story
3. UC Riverside’s Lomeli Eclipses School Record
Romario Lomeli recorded two assists Sunday at San Francisco moving him past Otis Earle ‘14 into sole possession of first place on the Highlanders’ career assists chart. It wasn’t enough, however, as the Dons scored the game winner with 49 seconds remaining in the second overtime to come away with a 3-2 victory. Full Story
4. Big West Announces ESPN3 Schedule
The Big West Conference today announced that 13 events will appear on its fall ESPN3 schedule, beginning with a Sept. 30 women’s volleyball clash between Cal Poly and Long Beach State. Eleven women’s volleyball and two women’s soccer contests comprise the slate in the fourth year of a collaboration between the Big West and ESPN, producing 60-plus ESPN3 events annually. All nine member schools will be showcased at least once in the package. Full Story
5. Men's Soccer Registers Pair Of Top 25 Victories
The Cal Poly men's soccer program made senior forward Justin Dhillon's 10th-minute goal stand as the difference Friday evening as the Mustangs upended No. 6 UCLA in front of 7,032 fans at Alex G. Spanos Stadium, 1-0. Junior goalkeeper Eric Kam made two saves to record his second successive shutout and push his goalless streak to 237 straight minutes for Cal Poly (2-4-1), which chalked up its first victory against top 10 ranked opponent since defeating UCLA – also ranked sixth at the time – in Los Angeles on Sept. 5, 2013. Full Story
Sacramento State scored twice in the first seven minutes of the game and, after No. 15 Utah Valley equalized, took a 3-2 lead in the 41st minute then held the Wolverines scoreless in the second half for a 3-2 win on Thursday at Hornet Field. Full Story