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ICYMI: January 2-8, 2017


ICYMI: Here are the top five things that happened in the Big West last week….In Case You Missed It!

1. Big West Play Kicked Off For Basketball
The men’s and women’s basketball teams kicked off Big West play last week and seven teams came out of the first week unscathed, including both UC Davis teams, who own a 2-0 conference record. On the men’s side, UC Irvine and CSUN also hold a perfect 2-0 start to conference play, while the Cal Poly women registered a 2-0 mark as well.  Long Beach State and UC Riverside women each captured a victory in their lone Big West contests.  

2. Doubles Pairs Kick Off Spring Season Ranked Among The Top 25

The ITA released its men’s national doubles rankings and two Big West pairs found themselves among the top 25.  UC Santa Barbara’s Simon Freund and Morgan Mays earned the 19th spot, while Cal Poly’s tandem of Corey Pang and Ben Donovan nabbed the 21st slot.  The 2017 Spring season kicks off this week. 

3. UCD’s Graham Candidate For Senior CLASS Award
UC Davis guard Darius Graham is one of 30 men’s basketball student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2016-17 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate basketball.   The award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.  Full Story

4. A Pair Of Former Big West Players Invited To US National Team Camp

Former Gaucho and current Philadelphia Union MLS star Chris Pontius and UC Irvine alum and Seattle Sounders player Brad Evans were two of 32 players called to the U.S. Men’s National Team annual January Camp, which is lead by head coach Bruce Arena. Players will report Jan. 10 to the National Training Center. Full Story

5. Titan Recruit Has Wish Granted By Make-A-Wish Foundation

After getting a cancerous tumor removed in 2016, incoming Titan softball recruit Taylor Dockins got to live her dream of exploring New York City and seeing the crystal ball drop on New Year’s Eve, courtesy of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  Full Story