June 9, 2010

Conference-Best Five Matador Teams Earn Big West Conference Sportsmanship Awards

June 9, 2010

NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - A conference-best five Cal State Northridge teams received the Big West Conference Sportsmanship Award for the 2009-2010 season, the league announced.

The Northridge women's golf team finished fifth at the Big West Championship in May, their fifth top-five finish in eight tournaments during the 2009-10 season. The Matadors won three consecutive tournaments in the fall, capturing the Firestone Grill Invitational (Oct. 5-6), the Aztec Fall Classic (Oct. 19-20) and the Lamkin Grip Invitational (Nov. 1-2).

"I want to thank my team for being courteous, supporting of other players and being great representatives of Cal State Northridge," said ninth-year head coach Bonnie Murphy.

The Matador men's golf team finished also placed fifth at the conference championship. Northridge posted five top-10 finishes during the 2009-10 season and won the 12-team Wyoming Cowboy Classic in April. Junior Nick Delio won the NCAA Southwest Regional and advanced to his first-ever NCAA Championship.

"Our goal as a team is always to win, but if we don't we're the first to congratulate the good play of others," said Jim Bracken who recently completed his 24th season at the helm of he men's golf program. "We always pride ourselves on being good sports."

With both men's and women's swim teams finishing the regular season in fifth place, Head Coach Barry Schreifels saw his teams win two Big West Conference titles and four bronze medals, set four school records that were broken eight times, and recorded numerous top ten finishes with best times clocked by both teams in almost every event at the 2009-10 Big West Swim Championships.

The Matador women's tennis team finished the 2010 season at 12-8 overall and 4-4 in Big West play for a fifth-place finish.

"I am really happy that the team is being recognized for doing it the right way," Head Coach Gary Victor said. "By competing fairly and working hard, the Matadors represent CSUN in a manner that we are all proud of."

This is the second time that Northridge tennis has been honored in 2010 for its sportsmanship. Junior Brooke Doane received the 2010 ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship for the Southwest Region of NCAA Division I Tennis. The ITA/Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements.

A junior from Ewa Beach, Hawai'i, Doane recently completed her third season with the Matadors. She finished 9-11 overall in singles play, competing mostly at the top two draws and earned All-Big West Second Team honors. In doubles, Doane went 12-6, all the No. 1 draw, to earn All-Big West Doubles First Team honors for the second-straight year.

Off the court, Doane is an active member of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). As part of a group of Matador student-athletes, Doane has been an active member of her adopted community. She has participated in numerous events for multiple causes, including domestic violence and the Special Olympics.

Victor recently completed his 13th season at the helm of the women's tennis program and has compiled a 181-134 record.

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