UCSB redshirt senior guard Coco Miller was selected to the All-Big West Conference Team in both the Media and coaches polls, it was announced by the league on Wednesday.
In 30 games last season, Miller averaged 12.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game. In Big West competition, Miller averaged 35.6 minutes per game, which was fourth-highest in the conference. Miller was an All-Big West Second-Team selection last season along with teammate Danae Miller.
It was also announced Wednesday that the Gauchos are picked to finish sixth in the conference by the coaches. UC Irvine was picked to win the Big West regular season with 77 votes, which included six first-place votes. Defending champion UC Davis was next with 70 votes, including two first-place tallies. Just two points separated Cal Poly, UCSB and Cal State Northridge for fifth, sixth and seventh.
The Mustangs received 35 votes, the Gauchos had 34 and the Matadors finished with 33. Long Beach State (29 points) and Cal State Fullerton (15 points) rounded out the list.
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
UCSB junior co-captain Nick Randozza was named the Big West Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for the third time this season.
Randozza finished second in the men’s invitational 8K at last weekend’s Santa Clara Bronco Invitational. Randozza finished with a personal-best time of 23 minutes, 55.1 seconds — marking the first time he’s gone under 24 minutes in the 8K in his collegiate career.
Randozza is the first UCSB men’s cross country runner to ever earn the Big West Conference weekly honor three times in one season.
UCSB senior Doug Nogueira was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row.
The honor comes after standout performances at the CSUB Sprint Classic on Friday and the Roadrunner Classic on Saturday. Nogueira had three first place finishes in the 100 IM (51.13 seconds), 200 IM (1:51.83) and 200 backstroke (1:49.74). In addition, the senior finished second in the 400 IM (4:00.15) and third in the 200 Free (1:41.30). Nogueira also swam a 23.46 Back split in the 200 Medley Relay, which the Gauchos finished in second place.
Nogueira looks to continue his dominance this weekend as the Gauchos head to San Luis Obispo to take on Cal Poly on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.
Westmont junior outside hitter Brooklynn Cheney was named the Golden State Athletic Conference Defender of the Week after producing 44 digs in a match against Hope International and another 20 in a three-set sweep of Life Pacific.
Cheney also had 19 serve receptions, 18 kills and five blocks in the two matches. It’s the sixth time Cheney has received a weekly honor from the Golden State Athletic Conference.
Westmont returns to action this weekend with two home matches. The Warriors host San Diego Christian on Friday and Vanguard on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. at Murchison Gym.
MANCINELLI EARNS ALL-LEAGUE HONORS
Marisa Mancinelli carded a two-day total of 128 at River Ridge Golf Club to earned first-team all-league honors and finished tied for fourth place in the Tri-League Valley finals.
Mancinelli then won a playoff hole against Foothill Tech’s Riley Singleton to earn the final CIF qualifying spot for the Northern Region, which will be played Monday at Soule Park.
Her sister, Amy, shot a two-day total of 143 to finish 8th and earn second-team all-league honors.
Foothill Tech took the top three spots, with Hannah Hart taking first with a two-day score of 115. Sammy Fenton (120) and Kelly More (127) also cracked the top three.
BOYS WATER POLO
CARPINTERIA 14, NORDHOFF 2
The Warriors captured an outright league title with their victory over the Rangers Wednesday afternoon.
Mateo Handall scored three goals to lead Carptineria, while Gabe Mendel added two goals of his own.
CATE 16, ST. BONAVENTURE 2
The Cate girls doubles players completed a full nine-set sweep in the Rams dominating victory over St. Bonaventure Wednesday.
The pairing of Fritze Mayer and Ashi Kamra won their sets with scores of 6-1, 6-0, 6-0. They were joined by the pairings of Julianna Forry and Maesa Vongkusolkit and Yoki Kobayashi and Emily May — who also went 3-0 on the day.
Cate’s senior captains jumped the Seraphs Helena Insua for the top-two singles records in Tri-Valley League play. Gracie Fuss improved to 11-1 in singles and Carol Carol improved to 9-1 in singles and 13-1 in league play. Rather than going after the singles title next week, Fuss and Cai will return to the doubles draw as defending champions as they seek to make a deep run into CIF Individuals in November.
The Rams clinched their fifth consecutive TVL team title. A win today against Foothill Tech would mark Cate’s fifth straight season without losing a single league match. The match will be played at 3:15 p.m. at Ventura College.
LAGUNA BLANCA 10, CARPINTERIA 8
Carpinteria did most of its scoring in doubles, taking five of the nine sets.
Jeannette Carrillo and partner Zahra Pornish swept their three sets for the Warriors, only dropping one game along the way.
Emma Lapidus had a great day in singles for Carpinteria, as she swept all three of her sets to account for more than one-third of the Warriors’ points.
Carpinteria fell to 9-9 overall with the non-league defeat. No information was provided by Laguna Blanca.