May 11, 2011

Sydney Sonoda, Whitney Delgado, Heidi Pettinger Earn All-Big West Conference Accolades

May 11, 2011

Northridge, Calif. - Sydney Sonoda and  Whitney Delgado gained first team All-Big West women's water polo honors while Heidi Pettinger gained honorable mention status in a vote of the league's six coaches.

For Delgado, who led the conference in scoring (73 goals), it was her second consecutive first team all-league membership. It was also the second straight year that Sonoda gained first team all-league honors. In 2011, Sonoda scored 53 goals.

Jessy Cardey (UC Irvine) was named 2011 Big West Player of the Year. Danielle Warde (UC Irvine) was named 2011 Big West Freshman of the Year. Dan Klatt (UC Irvine) was named Big West Coach of the Year.

#9 Whitney Delgado, 5-7, Attacker, Junior, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Named first team All-Big West Conference for a second straight season ... Voted CSUN's Most Outstanding Performance Award ... One of the great water polo players in Cal State Northridge history ... In only 2-plus seasons at Cal State Northridge, Delgado has scored 191 career goals (35 goals in 2009, school record 80 goals in 2010, 76 goals in 2011), second-best in school history ... Only school record holder Allison Brookes (222 goals, 2005-08) stands ahead of Delgado ... Delgado was not only the team leader with 76 goals, but also tops in the Big West Conference and second-best for a single season in school history ... Delgado scored at least one goal in 32 of the team's 37 games ... In the last two seasons, Delgado has scored two or more goals in 52 games ... Scored two or more goals in 22 games this season ... Scored a career-high seven goals against Cal State Bakersfield (2/12/11) ... Has dished out 90 career assists, ninth-best in school history ... Fourth on the team in assists (40) and steals (30).

#19 Heidi Pettinger, 5-9, Defender, Junior, Petaluma, Ca.
Named honorable mention All-Big West Conference ... Voted CSUN's MVP Defensive Player ... The team's #2 scorer with 62 goals, second-best in the Big West Conference and fifth-best for a single season in school history ... Scored at least one goal in 29 of the team's 37 games ... Scored two or more goals in 18 games including a career-high five goals in the 10-9 victory over Cal State San Bernardino (4/3/11) ... Scored four goals in three games ... Has scored 103 career goals (12 goals in 2009, 29 goals in 2010, 62 goals in 2011), ninth-best in school history ... Tops on the team in field blocks (20), steals (42) and assists (51, #5 for a single season) ... Earlier this year gained Big West Player of the Week for her eleven goals, four assists, two steals, one field block and eleven ejections drawn in wins over UC Davis (14-13, 4/2/11), Pacific (11-9, 4/3/11) and Cal State San Bernardino (10-9, 4/3/11) ... Her 99 career steals and 86 career assists are tenth-best in school history.

#14 Sydney Sonoda, 5-7, Utility, Senior, Murrieta, Ca.
Namd first team All-Big West Conference for a second straight season ... Voted CSUN's MVP Offensive Player ... Third on the team in scoring with 53 goals (#6 in the Big West Conference, #9 for a single season at CSUN) ... Scored two or more goals in 15 games ... Scored a career-high five goals against Hartwick (2/13/11) ... Tallied 143 career goals (10 goals in 2008, 37 goals in 2009, 43 goals in 2010, 53 goals in 2011), fifth-best in school history ... Her 114 ejections drawn was tops on the team in 2011 ... Her 26 steals this year were fifth-best on the team ... Had 101 career steals, eighth-best in school history ... Collected 27 assists, fifth-best on the team.

The 2011 Big West Women's Water Polo All-Conference Team
First Team
Whitney Delgado - Cal State Northridge, Junior, Attacker, Thousand Oaks, Ca.
Sydney Sonoda - Cal State Northridge, Senior, Utility, Murrieta, Ca.

Jessy Cardey - UC Irvine, Sophomore, Attacker, Riverside, Ca.
Krizia Cerda - Long Beach State, Junior, Defender, Miami, Fl.
Cortney Collyer - UC Irvine, Senior, Attacker, Santa Barbara, Ca.
Kristen Stragier - Long Beach State, Senior, Goalie, Murrieta, Ca.
Dara Tawarahara - Pacific, Senior, Utility, Honolulu, Hw.
Danielle Warde - UC Irvine, Freshman, Utility, Huntington Beach, Ca.

Second Team
Jessica Dunn - UC Davis, Sophomore, Utility, Los Alamitos, Ca.
Carmen Eggert - UC Davis, Sophomore, Attacker, San Rafael, Ca.
Caitlin Haskell - UC Irvine, Senior, Attacker, Fresno, Ca.
Ruth Milne - UC Santa Barbara, Sophomore, Goalie, Redwood City, Ca.
Dakotah Mohr - UC Davis, Junior, Center, Davis, Ca.
Kathryn Nelson - UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Utility, Lompoc, Ca.
Lauren Sieprath - Long Beach State, Senior, Driver, Auckland, New Zealand

Honorable Mention
Heidi Pettinger, Cal State Northridge, Junior, 2-Meter, Corona, Ca.
Claire Buchanan - UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Utility, Carmichael, Ca.
Christie Clark - UC Santa Barbara, Senior, Utility, Atherton, Ca.
Lauren Davis - UC Irvine, Senior, Goalie, Downey, Ca.
Julia Garyfallou - Long Beach State, Freshman, Attacker, Athens, Greece
Mandy King - Pacific, Senior, Center, Benicia, Ca.
Melissa Matheson - Long Beach State, Sophomore, 2-Meter, Long Beach, Ca.
Michele Relton - Pacific, Freshman, Goalie, Beaconsfield, Quebec City, Canada

2011 Big West Player of the Year
Jessy Cardey - UC Irvine

2011 Big West Freshman of the Year
Danielle Warde - UC Irvine

2011 Big West Coach of the Year
Dan Klatt - UC Irvine

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