Matador Athletics 2006-07 Year in Review


Matador Athletics 2006-07 Year in Review

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The smile you see on veteran head track & field coach Don Strametz is the smile of success for a job well done by his student-athletes as the 2007 intercollegiate season ended for Cal State Northridge teams at the recent NCAA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Cal State Northridge teams (11 women, 9 men) enjoyed success in several team and individual endeavors during the course of the 2006-07 academic year. Among the on-the-field team accomplishments included the softball team which earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five years, and national rankings by women's tennis, women's water polo and a department-high national ranking of eighth by the men's volleyball squad.

The track & field program at Cal State Northridge deserves special mention. Their success both in indoor and outdoor competition in 2007 was nothing short of sensational. As the prestigious NCAA Track & Field Championship drew to a close after four days of competition, Matador junior DaShalle Andrews stood atop the victory stand amongst a highly competitive field in the long jump. Andrews was only seeded 14th among the 26 competitors, but his determination and will lifted the junior from Phoenix, Arizona, to a first place finish with a leap of 25-2 (7.68 meters). Andrews and Tone Belt of Louisville both jumped 25-2 (7.68 meters), but Andrews had the best second jump. In fact, Belt fouled on all five of his other jumps. Belt was looking for an NCAA outdoor title to match his NCAA indoor title in 2007.

Andrews thus became just the second Matador student-athlete to take home a national championship at the NCAA Division I level. Darcy Arreola won the Matador's first national championship in the 1,500 meters in 1991, Northridge's first season of Division I competition. Andrews also became the Matadors' first men's national champion in 16 years of Division I competition.

Andrews also garnered All-American honors for his winning effort, the first by a Matador student-athlete in track & field since Billy Bush in the shot put at the 2000 NCAA Championships.

"I am just happy to be here," Andrews told the Los Angeles Daily News. "I don't know what to say or do. I am just letting it soak in. I might scream and shout later. I am just shocked for the most part."

Andrews' winning effort was short of his lifetime best of 25-4 (7.74 meters) in winning the Big West championship in May. Andrews' victory also gave Cal State Northridge a second place standing after day two of the four-day NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Andrews, who also competed in the triple jump at the NCAA's, finished one of the finest individual efforts by a Matador student-athlete in recent years. Earlier this year, Andrews was named Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year with victories in the long jump and triple jump at the league meet. Andrews also won the indoor long jump WAC title.

Strametz praised the Matador track & field senior class for its leadership on-and-off the field of competition. On the women's side, the senior class included La'Shana Verdon (Pomona, Calif), Deanna Goodwin (San Francisco, Calif) and Shauna Hackett (San Diego, Calif.).

"La'Shana was fearless," said Strametz. "She would go out and do any event including the pole vault. She would give it her best in any event. She came here as a walk on, but everyone looked up to her. She would always be there.

"Deanna was outstanding in the short sprints, and she discovered she had the ability to go a longer distance (400 meters). Shauna, a walk on, was another student-athlete who provided great talent in the sprints and on the relay teams."

Goodwin became the first CSUN student-athlete to win an NCAA Regional event with a victory in the 400 meters. Goodwin's win earned her a berth at the NCAA Championships. Her resume speaks volumes. Goodwin, during her four years at Cal State Northridge, was a three-time Big West champion (2005, 2006, 2007) in the 100 meters, competed on the winning 400 meter relay teams in 2006 and 2007, anchored the Big West champion 1,600 meter relay team in 2005, won the 200 meter Big West title during her freshman season (2004), helped the Matadors to three Big West titles (2004, 2006, 2007) in four seasons, and a second place finish in 2005, and also helped the team win its first WAC Indoor Championship in 2007. At the 2007 Big West Championships, Goodwin won the 100 and 200 meters, ran on the winning 400 meter relay, and on the second place 1,600 meter relay team.

Goodwin is the school record holder in the 400 meters (52.92), and is ranked fourth in the 200 meters (23.56) and sixth in the 100 meters (11.55).

Verdon was the 2006 Big West champion in the heptathlon, and the league long jump champion in 2004. Verdon's heptathlon total of 5,125 points in 2006 is third-best in school history.

Hackett's name appears in the school record Top 10 in the 100 and 200 meters, and as a member of the 400 meter relay team.

On the men's side, the unspoken leader in the senior class was Justin Johnson (Oxnard, Calif) who although he redshirted in 2007, once competed in 13 events at the Big West Championships. "Everyone looks up to Justin," said Strametz. "He really is the leader on the men's team. Sean Jones (Senior, Fremont, Calif) was a great leader especially in mentoring the younger kids in the program."

Cal State Northridge captured the Big West outdoor track & field titles in men's and women's competition, the first time one school has won both titles since 2004. For the men, it was their third title since 2004. For the women, it was their second straight league title, and fourth in the last six years. Nine individual conference champions including two relay event winners contributed to the Big West title efforts. The Matador women also won its first WAC Indoor Track & Field Championship.

"I think this year was one of the more satisfying years," said Strametz. "We were not expected to win the Big West title on the men's side. We were expected to battle for third place (along with Cal Poly), with UCSB and Cal State Fullerton fighting for the team title. But we had unbelievable performances across the board. We got points where we didn't expect them. The league meet went down to the final race and we raced four walk ons in the men's mile relay. We knew we had to finish within one place of UCSB to win and we accomplished that. The togetherness of what we went through this year, through some trials and tribulations, brought us together.

"From the first day of practice in January, we told everybody on the team that the meet winner (men and women) would be decided in the final race of the day, the mile relay. We fought hard all the way to the end. It is one thing to be a 40-50 point favorite in the meet and win, but it's another thing not to be the favorite, but have everybody, I mean everybody, contribute to that win. Same thing on the women's side. We lost some key people to injury; La'Shana Verdon, who had scored 28 points the previous year, went down with a knee injury a month before the league meet. We also lost Kayli Sanders, who had scored 15 points the year before. But we had tremendous performances again. People stepped up and ran lifetime bests. It was a great year; very rewarding."

Not only did the Matador program enjoy tremendous success in track & field, but also in the classroom. At the 2007 Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll at the home of University President Dr. Jolene Koester, ten track & field athletes were among 39 student-athletes honored for their success in the classroom. The list included Jessica Beach, Julia Flores, Kevin Nious, Cody Pearce, Diana Rosete, Manuel Ruiz, Kayli Sanders, Caren Sperry, Jonathan Tan and Sandra Velarde. Twelve athletes were named to the All-Big West Academic team. The list included Jessica Beach, Julia Flores, Bradley Ike, Sean Jones, Landen Llamas, Ashleigh McGrew, Joey Parisi, Cody Pearce, Diana Rosete, Kayli Sanders, Caren Sperry and Sandra Velarde. Twelve student-athletes were named to the All-Big West Academic team. In addition, Jessica Beach was named 2007 Wolfson Scholar, the university's highest academic honor for a graduating senior. Four student-athletes were also named Academic All-Americans (Cody Pearce, Krystal Quinn, Brittany Roberts, Nick Saylor) by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Twelve student-athletes were also honored for their academic excellence by being named to the Cal State Northridge Dean's List. Four student-athletes (Sherrina Lofton, Kevin Nious, Kayli Sanders, Nick Saylor) all compiled 4,0 gpa's, while eight others had gpa's of 3.5 or higher.

"Academics are something we push (in track & field)," said Strametz. "There isn't a team meeting that doesn't start with academics. Academics are a priority. No matter how well you do on the field, if you don't graduate, then you're not a success. That is the reason they (student-athletes) are here; to get a degree."

Strametz' success in coaching the Matador track & field teams did not go unnoticed. Strametz, who has coached the Cal State Northridge men for 22 seasons and the women for 27 years, was recently named the 2007 West District Men's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with being named the 2007 Big West Coach of the Year on the men's and women's side. Not bad for the veteran coach who did not compete in college or high school track & field.

"I was injured in football with a back injury, and was told 'no more contact sports,' remembers Strametz, a graduate of John Muir High School in Pasadena. "I started playing golf, and was all-CIF."

So good that at one point, Strametz had a plus-two handicap.

It was as a student at Cal State Los Angeles that Strametz was introduced to track & field. Strametz took a class from former Olympian and former American record holder in the pole vault Ron Morris. "I really started to enjoy the sport of track & field," said Strametz, a 1968 graduate of CSLA. "I learned a lot about the sport from Ron. Ron was a great teacher."

After graduating from Cal State Los Angeles, Strametz taught health and physical education at Locke High School in Los Angeles, and five years later, was offered the job of track & field coach at Locke, described as a tough, intercity school on 111th street between San Pedro and Avalon. Strametz also coached football and junior varsity baseball.

In 1979, Strametz noticed an ad in the newspaper for the position of men's cross country coach at Cal State Northridge.

"I interviewed and was offered the job in the fall of 1979," said Strametz. The salary - 80 dollars per month.

Strametz was also an assistant women's cross country coach under Barbara Swerkes, the highly successful Matador coach, who is currently a professor of Kinesiology at CSUN. In 1979, CSUN won the AIAW national title. The following year (1980), Strametz was named head women's coach while still teaching at Mt. Vernon Junior High School. Strametz was also an associate professor at Cal State Northridge from 1979-85.

Strametz has directed both the men's and women's track and field teams since 1986. In addition to his duties as men's and women's cross country coach, and with the addition of indoor track and field in 1992, Strametz is the head coach of six Matador teams.

Despite the success of the track & field programs at Cal State Northridge and the many coaching honors, Strametz gives immense credit to his coaching staff.

"I have been blessed by having unbelievable assistant coaches," said Strametz. "Many have left to become successful head coaches at major colleges. It has been an unbelievable run."

This year's coaching staff included Avery Anderson (sprints/multi-events), Bridget Pearson (pole vault, strength and conditioning) and Seilala Sua (throws).

Matador Memos

As the 2006-07 intercollegiate season comes to a close for 20 Cal State Northridge teams, several accomplishments must be noted ... They included the baseball team winning its 1400th game in school history in a late season game against Pacific, the men's basketball team scoring a 90-83 victory over league champion and NCAA Tournament participant Long Beach State, the women's basketball team scoring a 69-60 victory over Big West champion and NCAA Tournament participant UC Riverside, the men's soccer team scoring a decisive 5-0 victory over NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara, Allison Brookes being named an Honorable Mention All-American by the American Water Polo Coaches Association (AWPCA), Ofa Tulikihihifo finishing her Matador basketball career as the school's all-time leading scorer, and becoming just the third player in Big West history to earn first team all-league honors all four seasons ... Forty-five Cal State Northridge student-athletes were named to the Big West All-Academic teams ... Terrell Jones (men's basketball) and Megan Ching (women's basketball) were named Big West Scholar-Athletes of the Year ... Christina Saenz was named Big West Freshman Softball Player of the Year ... Katie Holloway (women's basketball) was selected to participate at the NCAA National Leadership Conference ... Angela Hupp was named Big West Freshman Volleyball Player of the Year ... The men's soccer team was awarded the 2006 Big West Fall Sportsmanship Award ... The women's basketball team was given the 2006 Big West Winter Sportsmanship Award ... Brett Grunert (men's swimming) and Sarah Freitag (women's swimming) were named Cal State Northridge Scholar-Athletes of the Year, and 39 Matador student-athletes were named to the 2007 Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll.

Baseball - 15-41 overall, 3-18 Big West

The program won its 1400th game in school history on the second to last day of the 2007 season against Pacific.

Senior first baseman Jorge Andrade Jr. was the team's leading hitter (.364) and captured second team All-Big West honors.

Alex Bardeguez was named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Following the 2007 season, four Matador players signed professional contracts; first baseman Jorge Andrade, Jr., (Chicago White Sox), pitcher Chuckie Fick (St. Louis Cardinals); pitcher Bobby Paschal (Colorado Rockies) and pitcher Joe Rocchio (Philadelphia Phillies).

Men's Basketball - 14-17 overall, 5-9 Big West

Victories included a 90-83 decision over league champion and NCAA Tournament participant Long Beach State

Jonathan Heard was named Honorable Mention All-Big West Conference. Heard led the team in scoring (13.7 pg) and was second in rebounding (5.4 rpg).

Senior forward Terrell Jones was named Best Hustle Player in the Big West in a vote of the league's eight coaches.

Terrell Jones and Austin Waggener were named All-Academic Big West.

Terrell Jones was named Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Women's Basketball - 13-16 overall, 9-5 Big West

Victories included a 69-60 verdict over Big West champion and NCAA Tournament participant UC Riverside.

Junior Katie Holloway was selected to participate at the NCAA National Leadership Conference.

Katie Holloway repeated as the Big West Sixth Woman of the Year.

LaJoyce King was named the Big West Best Hustle Player.

Ofa Tulikihihifo became just the third player in Big West history to earn first team all-league honors all four seasons. LaJoyce King joined Tulikihihifo on the first team, while Katie Holloway and Jamie McCaa each received honorable mention awards.

Ofa Tulikihihifo finished her Matador career as the school's all-time leading scorer.

The team was given the 2006 Big West Winter Sportsmanship Award.

Megan Ching was named Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Men's Cross Country

Seventh at Big West Championships

Women's Cross Country

Seventh at Big West Championships

Julia Flores, Diana Rosete, Caren Sperry and Sandra Velarde were named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Men's Golf

Sixth at Big West Championships

Aaron Hobbs and Joe Lopez were named All-Big West Honorable Mention

Women's Golf

Fourth at Big West Championships

Lucy Davies and Nikki Imaromna were named All-Big West Honorable Mention.

Lucy Davies was named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Men's Soccer - 8-6-5 overall, 5-2-3 Big West

Victories included a 5-0 verdict over NCAA champion UC Santa Barbara

Eight players were named All-Big West, including three first team selections (Taylor Canel, Derek Hanks, Sean Franklin)

Taylor Canel and Sean Franklin were named second and third team selections on the NSCAA/Adidas All-Far West Region squad.

Ryan Rossi and Sunghyun Kim were named to the All-Big West second team while Matt Tracy, Devin Deldo and Kevin Guppy were accorded Honorable Mention status.

Kevin Guppy was named to the All-Big West Academic team.

The team was given the 2006 Big West Fall Sportsmanship Award.

Women's Soccer - 10-9-0 overall, 3-4-0 Big West

For the second straight season, Susie Mischenko and Sara Davis each earned All-Big West Conference honors. Mischenko received first team accolades while Davis was named Honorable Mention.

Susie Mischenko, Devon Nizich and Mary Ortega were named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Softball - 23-23 overall, 9-9 Big West

The Matadors earned an NCAA Tournament berth, the third time in the last five years.

Christina Saenz was named Big West Freshman Field Player of the Year, the second straight season a Matador has won the award, leading five Matadors on the All-Big West Conference team. Amanda Peek earned first team honors, Saenz, Jaclyn Rymer and Kelly Zakosek were named second team and Mercedes Lovato received an honorable mention award.

The Matadors produced two no-hitters during the year, and won the 1,100th game in school history during the season.

Sarah Kahn-Shamout was named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Men's Swimming & Diving

Cal State Northridge finished sixth at the Big West Championships.

Broke eight school records

Brett Grunert was named Cal State Northridge Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Brett Grunert was named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Cal State Northridge's 2007 Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to three alumni whose achievements placed them at the summit of the entertainment and health care industries. The list included former Matador All-American and school record holder Brad Bowlus, who is now president and chief executive officer of PacifiCare Health Systems' Health Plan Division.

Women's Swimming and Diving

Fifth at the Big West Championships

Broke four school records

Sarah Freitag was named Cal State Northridge Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Freitag, a Communication Disorders major, completed her degree after just three years at Cal State Northridge and will continue her education in graduate school.

Diana Daltorio, Lorean Mapp, Sarah Freitag, Robyn Johnson and Emily Rogers were named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Women's Tennis - 11-7 overall, 5-2 Big West

The Matadors finished the 2007 season with a national ranking of 69th, their best finish since 2003.

Silvia Gutierrez, Canna Furuta and Kanykey Koichumanova were recognized on the All-Big West Conference team. Gutierrez and Koichumanova each earned first team honors for singles, while Furuta received an honorable mention accolade. All three were honored with doubles awards as well.

Canna Furuta, Kasia Krasinska and Sonya Kumar were named to the All-Big West Academic team.

Track & Field - Big West Champions - Men and Women

Captured the Big West outdoor titles in men's and women's competition, the first time one school has won both titles since 2001. For the men, it was their third title since 2004. For the women, it was their second straight league title, and fourth in the last six years.

DaShalle Andrews captured the NCAA title in the long jump, thus becoming the first men's national champion in 16 years of Division I competition.

DaShalle Andrews was named Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Year with victories in the long jump and triple jump at the league meet.

Sent a school record seven student-athletes to the NCAA Championships in Sacramento. Cal State Northridge finished 28th in men's team competition.

Deanna Goodwin became the first CSUN student-athlete to win an NCAA Regional event with a victory in the 400 meters.

Don Strametz was named 2007 West District Men's Coach of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Don Strametz was named Big West Men's and Women's Outdoor Coach of the Year. It was the second straight year that Strametz has won Women's Coach of the Year and fourth time overall. It was also the second time in the last three years that Strametz has won Men's Coach of the Year honors and third overall.

One school record was broken by Thomas Ross in the 110 meter hurdles (13.78) at the NCAA West Regional.

Conference Champions (relays and individuals) - Nine conference champions including the two relay events. The individual champions included DaShalle Andrews in the long jump and triple jump, Thomas Ross in the 110 meter hurdles, the men's 400 meter relay team of Brandon Ruffin, Bradley Ike, Andy Morales and Anthony Brown, Candyce Babb in the long jump, Deanna Goodwin in the 100 and 200 meters, Julie Eze in the 400 meter hurdles, and the women's 400 meter relay team of Shauna Hackett, Deanna Goodwin, Dominique Calvin and Julie Eze.

The Matador women also won their first WAC Indoor Track & Field Championship.

Head coach Don Strametz was named WAC Indoor Coach of the Year.

Shelese Ruffin was named WAC Indoor Freshman of the Year.

At the WAC Indoor Championships, Justin Johnson, the WAC champion in the heptathlon, was voted co-Outstanding Performer of the Meet. Other league champions included Anthony Brown in the 60 meter hurdles, Jere Summers in the women's shot put, DaShalle Andrews in the men's long jump, and Sean Jones won the men's pole vault.

DaShalle Andrews finished 13th in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Jessica Beach was named 2007 Wolfson Scholar, the University's highest academic honor for a graduating senior.

Four student-athletes (Cody Pearce, Krystal Quinn, Brittany Roberts and Nick Saylor were named Academic All-Americans by the United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFACCCA).

Four men (Andy Morales, Kevin Nious, Nick Saylor, and Dane Van Buren were named to the Big West All-Academic team. Five women were named to the Big West All-Academic team. The list included Jessica Beach, Julia Flores,

Ashleigh McGrew, Diana Rosete, Caren Sperry and Sandra Velarde

Twelve student-athletes were honored for their academic excellence by being named to the Cal State Northridge Dean's List. Four student-athletes (Sherrina Lofton, Kevin Nious, Kayli Sanders, Nick Saylor) all compiled 4.0 gpa's while eight others had gpa's of 3.5 or higher.

Men's Volleyball - 18-15 overall, 11-11 MPSF

Finished the year ranked eighth in the CSTV/AVCA national poll. The Matadors were ninth in the Molten/Volleyball Magazine poll.

Cal State Northridge qualified for the MPSF Championships for the sixth consecutive year.

Seniors Dan Rhodes and James Lischer along with sophomore Eric Vance were named Honorable Mention All-MPSF.

Former Northridge All-Americans Coley Kyman and Chad Strickland were named Honorable Mention on the MPSF Men's Volleyball 15th Anniversary Teams.

Six players were named to the MPSF All-Academic team, second best in the conference. The Matadors named were Ryan Adams, Travis Bluemling, Isaac Kneubuhl, James Lischer, Kevin McKniff and Eric Vance.

Cal State Northridge has a conference-best 27 All-Academic selections in the last four seasons.

Freshman setter Sean Pedersen was selected to the final roster for the U.S. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team that is slated to compete in the 2007 FIVB Men's Junior World Championships, to be held July 7-15 in Morocco.

Women's Volleyball - 16-12 overall, 7-7 Big West

Had a remarkable turnaround in 2006 after finishing the previous year at 4-23.

Darla Donaldson and Harmony Burdine were each named first team All-Big West, Kelley Hanson earned Honorable Mention honors and Angela Hupp was named Freshman of the Year by the Big West Conference.

Harmony Burdine, Kelley Hanson, Amy Hultner, Val Kepler, Jenn Probert and Kayla Wright were all named to the Big West All-Academic team.

Women's Water Polo - 16-19 overall, 2-10 MSPF

Ranked 15th in the nation

Allison Brookes was named Honorable Mention All-American by the American Collegiate Water Polo Association.

Allison Brookes and Jillian Stapf earned All-MPSF conference honors. Brookes earned Honorable Mention accolades and Stapf garnered All-Freshman team honors. The honors are the first of their kind in Matador water polo history.

Jillian Stapf, who recorded a school record 348 saves during her freshman season, has been selected to Team USA which will compete in the 2007 Junior World Championships in Porto, Portugal, in July.

Chelsea Curran, Alexis Gackstetter, Renee Gargiulo, Danielle Libring, Kristin McLaughlin, Loren Myers, Bethany Scamara, Jillian Stapf and Erica Waltemade were named Academic All-Americans by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

During this past year, the Big West Conference honored the Cal State Northridge women's volleyball team with the 2006 TEAM G.P.A. Award. This award is given to the best team grade point average in a Big West sport on each campus.

All-American Selections

DaShalle Andrews - Long Jump

Allison Brookes - Women's Water Polo (Honorable Mention - ACWPA)


All-Region Selections

Taylor Canel - Men's Soccer (NSCAA/Adidas All-Far West Region Second Team)

Sean Franklin - Men's Soccer (NSCAA/Adidas All-Far West Region Third Team)


Big West Selections

Jorge Andrade, Jr. - Baseball (Second Team)

Harmony Burdine - Women's Volleyball (First Team)

Taylor Canel - Men's Soccer (First Team)

Lucy Davies - Women's Golf (Honorable Mention)

Sara Davis - Women's Soccer (Honorable Mention)

Devin Deldo - Men's Soccer (Honorable Mention)

Darla Donaldson - Women's Volleyball (First Team)

Sean Franklin - Men's Soccer (First Team)

Canna Furuta - Women's Tennis (Honorable Mention)

Kevin Guppy - Men's Soccer (Honorable Mention)

Silvia Gutierrez - Women's Tennis (First Team)

Derek Hanks - Men's Soccer (First Team)

Kelley Hanson - Women's Volleyball (Honorable Mention)

Jonathan Heard - Men's Basketball (Honorable Mention)

Aaron Hobbs - Men's Golf (Honorable Mention)

Katie Holloway - Women's Basketball (Honorable Mention)

Katie Holloway - Women's Basketball (Big West Sixth Woman of the Year)

Angela Hupp - Women's Volleyball (Freshman of the Year)

Nikki Imaromna - Women's Golf (Honorable Mention)

Terrell Jones - Men's Basketball (Best Hustle Player)

Sunghyun Kim - Men's Soccer (Second Team)

LaJoyce King - Women's Basketball (first team)

LaJoyce King - Women's Basketball (Big West Best Hustle Player)

Kanykey Koichumanova - Women's Tennis (First Team)

Joe Lopez - Men's Golf (Honorable Mention)

Mercedes Lovato - Softball (Honorable Mention)

Jamie McCaa - Women's Basketball (Honorable Mention)

Susie Mischenko - Women's Soccer (First Team)

Amanda Peek - Softball (First Team)

Ryan Rossi - Men's Soccer (Second Team)

Jaclyn Rymer - Softball (Second team)

Christina Saenz - Softball (Second team)

Christina Saenz - Softball (Freshman Field Player of the Year)

Matt Tracy - Men's Soccer (Honorable Mention)

Ofa Tulikihihifo - women's basketball (became just the third player in Big West history to earn first team all-league honors all four seasons.

Kelly Zakosek - Softball (Second Team)


Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Selections

Allison Brookes - Women's Water Polo (Honorable Mention)

James Lischer - Men's Volleyball (Honorable Mention)

Dan Rhodes - Men's Volleyball (Honorable Mention)

Jillian Stapf - Women's Water Polo (All-Freshman)

Eric Vance - Men's Volleyball (Honorable Mention)


2007 Wolfson Scholar (the highest academic honor awarded to a graduating senior)

Jessica Beach - Women's Track & Field


Academic All-American Selections

Chelsea Curran - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Alexis Gackstetter - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Renee Gargiulo - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Danielle Libring - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Kristin McLaughlin - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Loren Myers - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Cody Pearce - Men's Track & Field (USTFCCCA)

Krystal Quinn - Women's Track & Field (USTFCCCA)

Brittany Roberts - Women's Track & Field (USTFCCCA)

Nick Saylor - Men's Track & Field (USTFCCCA)

Bethany Scamara - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Jillian Stapf - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)

Erica Waltemade - Women's Water Polo (ACWPA)


Academic Honors - Big West, Cal State Northridge, MPSF

Ryan Adams - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Alex Bardeguez - Baseball (Big West)

Alex Bardeguez - Baseball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Jessica Beach - Women's Track & Field (Wolfson Scholar)

Jessica Beach - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Jessica Beach - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Travis Bluemling - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Jessica Borges - Women's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Hilary Brinkman - Women's Volleyball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Hillary Brinkman - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Harmony Burdine - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Taylor Canel - Men's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Megan Ching - Women's Basketball (Big West)

Megan Ching - Women's Basketball (Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year)

Megan Ching - Women's Basketball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Marissa Cook - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Diana Daltorio - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Diana Daltorio - Women's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Lucy Davies - Women's Golf (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Lucy Davies - Women's Golf (Big West)

Jocelyn Do - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Julia Flores - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Julia Flores - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Sarah Freitag - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Sarah Freitag - Women's Swimming (CSUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year)

Sarah Freitag - Women's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Canna Furuta - Women's Tennis (Big West)

Mallory Gonzalez - Women's Golf (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Chris Goodwin - Men's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Brett Grunert - Men's Swimming (Big West)

Brett Grunert - Men's Swimming (CSUN Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year)

Brett Grunert - Men's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kevin Guppy - Men's Soccer (Big West)

Kevin Guppy - Men's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Crystal Hahs - Women's Basketball (Big West)

Crystal Hahs - Women's Basketball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kelley Hanson - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Kelley Hanson - Women's Volleyball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Katie Holloway - Women's Basketball (Big West)

Katie Holloway - Women's Basketball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Amy Hultner - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Bradley Ike - Men's Track & Field (Big West)

Robyn Johnson - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Sean Jones - Men's Track & Field (Big West)

Seean Jones - Men's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Terrell Jones - Men's Basketball (Big West)

Terrell Jones - Men's Basketball (Big West Scholar-Athlete of the Year)

Sarah Kahn-Shamout - Softball (Big West)

Sarah Kahn-Shamout - Softball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor roll)

Jackie Kecskes - Women's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Val Kepler - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Kathryn Kerr - Women's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kathryn Kerr - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Isaac Kneubuhl - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Isaac Kneubuhl - Men's Volleyball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kasia Krasinska - Women's Tennis (Big West)

Kasia Krasinska - Women's Tennis (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Sonya Kumar - Women's Tennis (Big West)

Sonya Kumar - Women's Tennis (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

James Lischer - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Landen Llamas - Men's Track & Field (Big West)

Sherrina Lofton - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Simone Luker - Women's Swimming (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Simone Luker - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Ashleigh McGrew - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Kevin McKniff - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Lauren Michaels - Women's Track & Field (Deean's List)

Susie Mischenko - Women's Soccer (Big West)

Susie Mischenko - Women's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Lorean Mapp - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Kevin Nious - Men's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kevin Nious - Men's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Devon Nizich - Women's Soccer (Big West)

Devon Nizich - Women's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Mary Ortega - Women's Soccer (Big West)

Mary Ortega - Women's Soccer (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Joey Parisi - Men's Track & Field (Big West)

Cody Pearce - Men's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Cody Pearce - Men's Track & Field (Big West)

Cody Pearce - Men's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Austen Powers - Men's Basketball (Big West)

Jenn Probert - Women's Volleyball (Big West)

Krystal Quinn - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Emily Rogers - Women's Swimming (Big West)

Diana Rosete - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Diana Rosete - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Manuel Ruiz - Men's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kayli Sanders - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kayli Sanders - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Kayli Sanders - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Nick Saylor - Men's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Kristin Smith - Women's Golf (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Caren Sperry - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Caren Sperry - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Jonathan Tan - Men's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Colleen Tobin - Women's Volleyball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Eric Vance - Men's Volleyball (MPSF)

Eric Vance - Men's Volleyball (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Nanci Velarde - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Sandra Velarde - Women's Cross Country (Big West)

Sandra Velarde - Women's Track & Field (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Sandra Velarde - Women's Track & Field (Big West)

Sandra Velarde - Women's Track & Field (Dean's List)

Austin Waggener - Men's Basketball (Big West)

Erica Waltemade - Women's Water Polo (CSUN Varsity 'N Academic Athletics Honor Roll)

Kayla Wright - Women's Volleyball (Big West)


List of accomplishments compiled by Cal State Northridge Media Relations Staff

Bob Vazquez
Assistant Athletic Director - Media Relations

Matt Monroe
Assistant Media Relations Director

James Ybiernas
Assistant Media Relations Director

David Miles
Media Relations Assistant

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