Former Rim of the World volleyball standout Sonja Newcombe, a senior outside hitter for the University of Oregon, has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week.
She earned the award after leading the Ducks to two key conference wins, recording their first sweep of then-No.14 California since 1990 and their first victory against then-No. 5 Stanford since 1989.
Newcombe started out the week with a double-double drilling 13 kills out of 22 attacks with only one error, hitting .545 – her second highest mark of the season. She also tallied 10 digs, two aces, one assist and one block in the outing.
She continued the week with another impressive double-double, contributing 26 kills, good for a .362 clip, while adding a career-high 24 digs, three assists, two blocks and an ace in a win over Stanford.
For the week, Newcombe averaged 4.38 kills, 4.25 digs and 5.50 points per set, while turning in a .412 attack percentage. This is the third time an athlete from Oregon has earned the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week award and marks the second time Newcombe has received the honor, the last coming on Oct. 7, 2008.
On the season she has 241 kills, 157 digs, 39 blocks and 15 service aces for the Ducks (14-3).
Anyone that saw her in her playing days at Rim isn’t surprised at her success on the national front with a prominent Division I program.
The University of Redlands men’s water polo team took over the top spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Division III poll after defeating the University of La Verne, 19-8, on Saturday afternoon in La Verne, according to an announcement made today by the CWPA.
Redlands has fared well against NCAA Division III institutions this year, boasting a perfect 7-0 record against fellow members of Division III.
The Bulldogs held the No. 1 spot in the CWPA Division III poll last year from the preseason rankings through Nov. 12.
Tonight, Redlands (9-14, 1-0 SCIAC) hosts Cal Lutheran University. Game time is set for 5 p.m. at the Thompson Aquatic Center.
For a complete list of CWPA rankings, visit http://www.collegiatewaterpolo.com/news/2009-10/102109MenVarsityPolls.
Apparently Saturday night’s 3-1 volleyball loss to UC San Diego was most costly than just a 19-match win streak for Cal State San Bernardino.
The American Volleyball Coaches Association demoted the Coyotes from the No. 2 spot in its national top 25 poll to third and upgraded the Tritons to No. 2 behind the only unbeaten team in NCAA Division II — Concordia-St. Paul (23-0).
The Tritons are 20-1 while the Coyotes are 19-1 heading into Wednesday night’s home match against Cal Poly Pomona in Coussoulis Arena. First serve is at 7 p.m.
CSUSB had been in the No. 2 slot all season.
The switch may have been based on strength of schedule since UCSD defeated No. 11 Minnesota-Duluth in the first tournament of the season. Both CSUSB and UCSD have beaten the three other CCAA teams ranked in the top 25 — No. 20 Sonoma State, No. 22 Cal State L.A. and No. 25 Chico State.
The Coyotes are ranked No.1 in the NCAA West Regional poll and UCSD is No. 2. This poll determines the seeding for the NCAA regional tournament set for Nov. 19-21 at a site to be determined.
AVCA DIVISION II TOP 25
1. Concordia St. Paul (32 1st place votes) — 23-0
2. UC San Diego — 20-1
3. COYOTES — 19-1
4. Central Missouri — 24-3
5. Nebraska-Kearney — 23-1
6. West Texas A&M — 22-3
7. Emporia State — 22-2
8. Tampa — 20-2
9. Washburn — 23-3
10. Minnesota State — 21-3.
Also: 11 (tie) — Indianapolis (26-1) and Minnesota-Duluth (18-4); 13. Lewis (21-3); 14. Saint Leo (20-2); 15. Southwest Minnesota State (18-6); 16. Nebraska-Omaha (17-6); 17. Hawaii-Hilo (20-1); 18. Wayne State (21-4); 19. Truman (18-8); 20. Sonoma State (16-5); 21. Metro State (16-6); 22. Cal State L.A. (15-6); 23. Hillsdale (17-5); 24. Wingate (24-1); 25. Chico State (18-5).