Senior goalkeeper Kyle Pokorny of Pomona-Pitzer was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Co-Player of the Week.
Pokorny shared the honor with fellow goalkeeper Michael Wishart of Santa Clara.
Pokorny earned this week’s award after a key role in helping the Sagehens defeat No. 15 Navy on Saturday evening. He had seven saves in the pivotal third quarter alone, when Pomona-Pitzer outscored the Midshipmen 3-0 to turn a 5-4 halftime advantage into a commanding 8-4 lead.
The win helped the Sagehens vault into the No. 1 spot in the Division III national rankings, as well as move them into the receiving votes category for the overall national poll (all divisions). All eight of Pomona-Pitzer’s opponents have been nationally ranked so far this season.
The Sagehens will next be in action against yet another ranked team, when it faces No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be third meeting between Pomona-Pitzer and the Gauchos, who faced each other on Sept. 3 at the UCLA Invitational, which UCSB won 16-4, and on Sept. 10 at the Inland Empire Tournament, which the Gauchos captured 12-7.
Cal Poly Pomona senior Dwayne Fells received NCAA Division II Preseason Honorable Mention All-American honors from the Sporting News.
The 6-foot-6 forward finished the 2010-11 season with the fourth-best field goal percentage in the conference at .563. Fells started all 28 games for the Broncos, as the team went 17-11 overall and 13-9 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Fells paced CPP in rebounds with an average of 5.9 per game. That mark ranked 10th on the league leaderboard. The Fullerton native poured in a career-high 24 points on Jan. 8 in a narrow 64-62 road loss at Humboldt State. He grabbed nine rebounds on two different occasions, the first coming Jan. 18 against Cal State San Bernardino and the second coming Jan. 28 against Cal State Monterey Bay.
Joining fellow senior Matt Rosser, Fells is one of the two returning starters for the Broncos in 2011-12. Also expected to make key contributions is Mitchel Anderson, a junior guard who split time last season between the starting and reserve roles.
One other CCAA player received mention: Humboldt State’s Randy Hunter, who previously played at Citrus College.
Sporting News NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Preseason Top 10
1. Bellarmine (KY)
2. Lincoln Memorial (TN)
3. West Liberty (WV)
6. Benedict (SC)
7. Missouri Southern
8. Augustana (SD)
9. Metro State (CO)
Sporting News Preseason All-America Team
Phillip Brown (Georgia Southwestern)
Jet Chang (BYU-Hawaii)
Braydon Hobbs (Bellarmine)
Jeremy Kendle (Bellarmine)
Josh Magette (Alabama-Huntsville)
Marcus Goode (Benedict)
Desmond Johnson (Lincoln Memorial)
Trevin Parks (Johnson C. Smith)
Taylor Rohde (Alaska-Anchorage)
Cody Schilling (Augustana, SD)
Jason Adams (Missouri Southern)
Daniel Bailey (Queens, NC)
Stefan Bonneau (C.W. Post)
Shammel Brackett (UNC Pembroke)
Alvin Brown (USC Aiken)
Zane Campbell (Alabama-Huntsville)
Kyle Caiola (Findlay)
Xavier Collier (Benedict)
Dan Comas (Chestnut Hill)
Jarrell Douglass (Limestone)
Brent Eaton (Hillsdale)
Brent Evans (Queens, NC)
Reggie Evans (Metro State)
Dwayne Fells (Cal Poly Pomona)
Gerald Fulton (Missouri-St. Louis)
Patrick Grubbs (Pitt Johnstown)
Rob Gutierrez (St. Rose)
Ali Haidar (Michigan Tech)
Alex Hall (Drury)
Trevon Hamlet (Southern Connecticut)
Ahmad Harris (Bloomfield)
Cedric Harris (West Liberty)
Greg Hayes (Mount Olive)
Mike Hollingsworth (Wayne State, MI)
Randy Hunter (Humboldt State)
Travis Hyman (Bowie State)
Thomas Manzano (New Mexico Highlands)
Cameron McCaffrey (Augustana)
Adrian Moss (Indianapolis)
Andy Poling (Seattle Pacific)
Da’Ron Sims (West Georgia)
Ashton Smith (Indiana, PA)
Derek Staton (Mount Olive)
Isaac Thornton (Fairmont State)
Liki Turner (Francis Marion)
Odell Turner (Wingate)
Clayton Vette (Winona State)
Anthony Young (Kentucky Wesleyan)
The 8-0 Cal State San Bernardino Coyotes’ volleyball team remains in the third position in this week’s American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) top 25 poll.
The Coyotes are in the poll for the 156th straight time and inside the top 10 for their 71st straight appearance.
Coach Kim Cherniss will lead her team Wednesday night as it steps outside of CCAA play with a match at NCAA newcomer, but longtime foe Cal Baptist. The match is at 7 p.m. at CBU.
CSUSB completes the week with matches Friday (Chico State) and Saturday (Cal State Stanislaus) at home. Matches for both nights are also at 7 p.m.
Concordia St. Paul remains at the top this week and Tampa is second.
Cal State’s biggest CCAA rival, UC San Diego (8-0), is ranked 10th.