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ICYMI: August 20-26, 2018


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

1. UH Soccer Makes Sportscenter Top Plays

Senior midfielder Raisa Strom-Okimoto blasted a winding right-to-left, 25-yard game-winner in the 95th minute that curled just beyond the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Kathleen Duwve and made Neil Everett’s Sportscenter Top Plays on Monday.

2. Barr, French Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

The Big West Conference nominated Chloe Barr of Hawai‘i and Avery French of UC Irvine for consideration for the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. A record 581 nominees in 2018 by conferences and independent schools spanning all three NCAA divisions were submitted, including 251 from Division-I before being narrowed to 153.   Full Story

3. Aggie Bolko Jumps to Second In School Record Book For Career Digs With Record Performance

Senior libero Malia Bolko scooped up a career-high 37 digs in the final game of Aggie Invitational where UC Davis fell to Northern Arizona, 3-1.  A member of the all-tournament team, Bolko averaged 6.62 digs per set last weekend to pace the Big West and guided the Aggies to a 3-1 opening weekend record. Bolko’s previous match high was 31, done against Cal State Fullerton in each of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. Bolko’s efforts for the weekend bumped her to second on the school’s all-time dig career leaderboard with 1,500 career digs.  Full Story

4. Cal State Fullerton Men’s Basketball Receive Championship Rings

Defending Big West Men’s basketball Champion Cal State Fullerton show off their championship rings.

5. Golf Success: UCD’s Hutchison wins NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship; UCI Alum Earns PGA Tour Card

Thomas Hutchison, a sophomore from UC Davis, who was seeded No.31, completed a marathon week Friday at par-72 Spyglass Hill, defeating No.32 Ned Jensen 3 and 1 to win the 115th annual NCGA Amateur Match Play Championship. It’s the first NCGA major win for Hutchison, whose lone previous NCGA victory came at the 2016 NCGA Junior. Full Story

Former UC Irvine All-American John Chin finished among the top-25 on the Web.com Tour money list to secure his PGA Tour membership card for the 2018-19 season. Chin was ranked 41st entering this past weekend's regular-season finale, but made a remarkable jump to 10th with a runner-up showing at the WinCo Foods Portland Open presented by Kraft-Heinz at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club (Aug. 16-19). He was the only player to move into the top-25 during the last event of the 2018 Web.com Tour. Full Story