Jan. 26, 2011
Irvine, Calif. - Cal State Northridge senior Sydney Sonoda (Murrieta, Calif./Murrieta Valley HS) claimed the first Big West Women's Water Polo Player of the Week award for the 2011 season after she scored a combined eight goals against four nationally ranked opponents at the Michigan Invitational.
Sonoda recorded a pair of hat tricks, the first in a season-opening loss to the host and No. 8 Wolverines and the other against No. 4 UCLA. The utility also scored twice in a 6-5 victory against No. 13 Indiana, and accounted for the go-ahead goal.
Her eight goals for the week increased her career total to 98, the eighth-best mark in school history. She also drew 12 ejections and had four steals in the four games.