STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE 2017-18 GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

STUDENT-ATHLETE AWARDS ANNOUNCED AT THE 2017-18 GREEN AND GOLDEN GLOBES

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State athletics department presented 17 honors at its seventh-annual Green and Golden Globes Awards, held Sunday evening at the Rancho Cordova Marriott Ballroom to recognize athletic and academic performance during the 2017-18 academic year.

A total of five teams and 10 individuals were recognized. A complete list of the team and individual award winners, as well as the nominees in each category, is below.

WOMEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Tennis - posted a 3.553 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Golf (3.379 gpa), Gymnastics (3.370 gpa), Soccer (3.219 gpa)

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MEN'S ACADEMIC TEAM OF THE YEAR

Tennis - posted a 3.514 team grade point average during the fall semester

Honorable mention - Golf (3.288 gpa), Cross Country (3.097 gpa), Track & Field (3.085 gpa)

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FEMALE SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - given to the female senior with the highest overall grade point average

Astha Madan - Golf

Honorable mention - Kathleen Durand (Track & Field), Courteney Ng (Gymnastics), Ana Loaiza Esquivias (Tennis)

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MALE SENIOR SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR - given to the male senior with the highest overall grade point average

Max Jette - Track & Field

Honorable mention - Cory Barger (Track & Field), Ryan Salcido (Track & Field), Paul Geyer (Soccer)

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HORNETS CARE AWARD - Given to the team with the most community service hours for the academic year. The award is based off total number of volunteer hours divided by the number of student-athletes on the team.

Gymnastics - Volunteered 290 hours in the Sacramento community, or 15.3 hours per student-athlete on the roster.

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FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - given to the top first-year female Hornet (freshman or transfer)

Kylee Kim-Bustillos - Soccer
Kylee Kim-Bustillos made her presence felt immediately as a true freshman for the women's soccer team. She started 19 of the team's 20 games and totaled 26 points as a true freshman. She led the team with 11 goals, which were the most scored by a Hornet freshman and tied for the fifth best total in school history. She was recognized by the Big Sky for her outstanding season, being named the Big Sky Conference's Newcomer of the Year and first team all-league.

Other finalists
Estel Boix Noguer (Rowing) -- A sophomore who moved to the United States from Spain, Boix Noguer has competed with the Hornets' varsity eight in every spring race. She became the first 1st-year Hornet rower to sit at stroke with the team's top boat in program history.
Hannah Friend (Basketball) -- A sophomore, Friend was named third team all-conference after leading the Hornets with 17.5 points per game. She was second on the squad in rebounds, steals, blocks, three-point field goals, and minutes.
Corinne Viden (Golf) -- A true freshman, Viden had three top 10 finishes during the year and six rounds of 72 or better. She averaged 74.90 strokes per round and was named the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year and second team all-league.

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MALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - given to the top first-year male Hornet (freshman or transfer)

Kevin Thomson - Football
Thomson started eight games at quarterback during his first season with the team and helped Sacramento State to its best Big Sky Conference record in school history. He set the Sacramento State single-season record with a quarterback efficiency of 171.80 and an average of 9.14 yards of total offense per play. He threw for 1,828 yards and 17 touchdowns with just three interceptions and also rushed for 494 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns.

Other finalists
Justin Bedig (Soccer) -- Bedig finished the year with 13 total points, including three goals and seven assists. His seven assists are the most by a freshman in school single-season history, and he was named to the Big West All-Freshman Team.
Tanner Dalton (Baseball) - Dalton, a junior transfer, is 1-1 with a team-leading nine saves. In 24 appearances (29.1 innings), he had a 1.84 ERA, a .204 batting average against, and he's been named league pitcher of the week twice.
Bryce Fowler (Basketball) -- A true freshman, Fowler played in all 32 games for the Hornets, starting 26 of the final 27 games of the season. He was asked to play three different positions, and shot over 50 percent from the field and 40 percent from the 3-point line.

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FEMALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Zamari Hinton (Softball)
Hinton tied the school record with a 21-game hitting streak that lasted from the beginning of March all the way through the middle of April. The 21-game hitting streak ties her for the longest mark in the 51-year history of the program. Hinton is currently batting .407 and has struck out just twice in 162 at-bats. During the hitting streak, she batted .493 (37-for-75) with 22 runs scored, 12 RBIs, four stolen bases and a .513 on-base percentage.

Other finalists
Sofie Babic (Golf) -- Babic led a dominant performance by Sacramento State as the sophomore was the winner of the Wyoming Cowgirl Classic, shooting 71-71-69-211 to claim her first collegiate victory. The 211 ties her for the school 54-hole record.
Maranne Johnson (Basketball) -- Johnson went off for a career-high 41 points at home against Northern Arizona, setting a new program record for most points scored against a Big Sky Conference opponent.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos (Soccer) -- Kim-Bustillos led the Hornets to a dominant 4-0 shutout win over Southern Utah on Senior Day, scoring two goals and adding an assist. The five-point game was the most by a Hornet during the season.

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MALE INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Jah Strange (Track & Field)
Strange set the Sacramento State indoor track and field record in the triple jump with his performance at the New Mexico Classic. The sophomore jumped 51-feet, 3.5-inches to take over the top spot in school history by one inch. The performance was 16 inches better than his previous career long.

Other finalists
Justin Bedig (Soccer) -- Bedig scored two goals in the team's 4-3 win over Northern Illinois in the finale of the Utah Valley Invitational. Bedig's second goal proved to be the game winner and clinched the tournament championship for the Hornets.
Justin Strings (Basketball) -- Strings scored a career-high 34 points on 16-of-18 shooting from the field in an 80-75 home win over Portland State. The fourth-year senior shot 16-for-16 from the field over the game's final 33 minutes.
Dre Terrell (Football) -- In the team's 56-22 win over Incarnate Word, Terrell had three first-half interceptions. Those picks made him the fifth player in school history to record three interceptions in a game, and the first since 2004.

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FEMALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Volleyball wins Big Sky Conference regular season championship
The Hornets won the Big Sky Conference regular season championship after posting a 26-10 overall record and a 15-1 mark in conference play. The team had three winning streaks of at least six games long, did not lose to a conference opponent at home, and the 15-1 Big Sky record tied for the best mark in program history. The team also won the Big Sky's South Division title for the second year in a row and four different players received all-conference accolades.

Other finalists
Golf -- Women's golf had an unprecedented run of success during the spring season. The Hornets won three consecutive tournaments with victories at the Fresno State Classic, Sacramento State Invitational and Wyoming Cowgirl Classic.
Rowing -- The Hornets won a pair of medals at the prestigious San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay. The varsity eight won silver, its highest finish at the event since 2009, and novice eight won bronze, the first time it had ever medaled at the San Diego Crew Classic.
Softball -- On the final day of the regular season, the Hornets beat Montana, clinching the Big Sky regular season championship. The Hornets (29-18, 14-7) will begin Big Sky Tournament play next week as the No. 1 seed.
Track & Field -- The Hornets won 13 of the 18 events and easily rolled to a victory over UC Davis in the annual Causeway Classic Dual Meet. The Hornets totaled 113 points compared to 75 from the Aggies.

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MALE TEAM PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

Football beats Southern Utah, 54-27
Football handed Southern Utah its only loss of the Big Sky season with a 54-27 win at Hornet Stadium. Quarterback Kevin Thomson accounted for 402 yards of total offense and seven touchdowns in the win. Thomson threw for 253 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for 149 yards and four scores. Sacramento State had nearly 10 more minutes of time of possession in the game and outgained the T-Birds 586-318.

Other finalists
Baseball -- The Hornets won a season-best seven straight games, including five straight games against conference opposition. During the streak, the team averaged nearly nine runs per game and the pitching staff posted a 1.89 ERA.
Cross Country -- The men's cross country team had four of the top six finishers to win the team title at the Aggie Open on the Putah Creek Reserve Course. The men's team totaled 25 points to beat host UC Davis (30) for the first time in five seasons at the meet.
Tennis -- The Hornets posted an emotional 4-3 win over UC Davis, the team's first victory over the Aggies since 2013. Kasparas Zemaitelis, Hermont Legaspi, Dom Miller and Louis Chabut each posted singles wins in the final home match of the regular season.

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CLUTCH PLAY AWARD

Astha Madan (Women's Golf)
Madan capped the team's amazing comeback at the Sacramento State Invitational. The Hornets entered the final round trailing USF by 12 strokes but rallied during the third round to earn the team title. Madan, who was the final golfer on the course for the Hornets, birdied her final four holes, to shoot 70 in the third round. She completed the comeback by draining a 30-foot putt on the 18th hole.

Other finalists
Suzy Brookshire (Softball) -- Trailing, 2-0, in the seventh inning and down to their last out at Weber State, Brookshire connected on a grand slam to provide what would eventually be a 4-3 win over the defending Big Sky regular season champions.
Louis Chabut (Men's Tennis) -- With the score tied at 3-3 at home vs. UC Davis, the match came down to No. 5 singles where Chabut won four deuce points in the third set, and claimed a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory over Arjith Jayaraman. That gave the Hornets a 4-3 win.
Sarah Davis (Volleyball) -- Davis had a career-high 16 kills to help lead the Hornets to a 3-1 victory over Portland State in the Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals. The 16 kills surpassed her previous career high of 11, and she had just two errors in 38 swings.
Justyce Dawson (Women's Basketball) -- Dawson's buzzer-beating layup against Southern Utah sent the Hornets home with a 79-77 win on Senior Day. Tied at 77 apiece, Dawson received the inbound pass, charged to the hoop, and floated in a layup as time expired.
Ana Loaiza Esquivias (Women's Tennis) -- With the score tied at 2-2 on the road at Idaho State, Ana Loaiza Esquivias won a comeback match at the No. 1 singles position, giving the Hornets a much-needed singles point in an eventual 4-3 Hornet win.
Dominic Scotti (Men's Soccer) -- After trailing, 2-1 on the road at Cal Poly, the men's soccer team completed a thrilling comeback, capped by a double-overtime golden goal by Scotti. The overtime victory was the team's first win at Cal Poly since the 2014 season.

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COACH OF THE YEAR

Ruben Volta (Volleyball)
Volta was named the Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons after guiding the volleyball program to its first Big Sky regular season title since 2007. The Hornets finished 26-10 overall and the team's 15-1 conference record is tied for the program's best mark since joining the league in 1996. Sacramento State has posted at least 20 overall wins three straight seasons, and during that span, the program has combined for a 70-27 overall record and a 40-8 mark in Big Sky play.

Other finalists
Reggie Christiansen (Baseball) - Christiansen has led the 2018 Hornets to a 26-20 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the Western Athletic Conference. With two weeks remaining in the regular season, Sacramento State is just one game out of first place.
Lori Perez (Softball) -- Perez has led the Hornets to a 29-18 overall record, a 14-7 league mark and the team's first-ever Big Sky regular season championship. The team clinched the conference title on the last day of the regular season.
Jody Sears (Football) -- Sears was named the Big Sky Conference Co-Coach of the Year. He led the Hornets to a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in league. The seven wins against Div. I opposition and six Big Sky wins both set school records.
David Sutherland (Golf) -- The women's golf team finished first in four tournaments and had seven top three showings in its 10 regular season events. The four wins were the most in school history.

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HORNET AWARD - Nominated by coaches. Awarded to one male and female student-athlete that best exemplifies the spirit of a Hornet with their sportsmanship, community service and those special intangibles that make them a great teammate.

Women - Elena Galvez (Rowing)
• Team captain and a fourth-year senior
• Selected as the Dean's Honor Award recipient from the College of Health and Human Services (HHS) at Sacramento State. Students are selected for the award based on academic excellence, leadership and community engagement
• Served as a peer mentor and academic advisor to first-generation college students from migrant farm working backgrounds through Sacramento State's College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
• A first team all-American Athletic Conference selection and the recipient of the Hornets' Most Outstanding Rower award in 2017
• Has never missed a race during her career
• Nominated as Sacramento State's Female Newcomer of the Year as a freshman.
• A two-time Scholar-Athlete Award recipient from the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association
• A two-time American Athletic Conference all-academic selection
• Will graduate later this month

Men - Maz Jette (Track & Field)
• Team captain and a fifth-year senior
• Four-year member of the Sacramento State Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) and two-year vice president of SAAC
• Influential in putting together the inaugural Student-Athlete GALA for a cause
• As a volunteer, Jette has participated in numerous efforts across Sacramento, including The Great American River Clean Up, Walk to End Alzheimer's and mentoring at Saint John's Program for Real Change and Howe Avenue Elementary
• Represented Sacramento State and the Big Sky Conference at the Student-Athlete Leadership Forum in Baltimore
• Was the Big Sky Conference decathlon champion in 2017, and his 6,960 points were the fourth most in school history
• Has earned all-Big Sky honors every year of his career
• Second in school history in the heptathlon with 5,213 points
• A seven-time Big Sky all-academic selection (four indoor, three outdoor awards)
• Will graduate later this month

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FEMALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Kennedy Kurtz (Volleyball)
Kurtz was named the Big Sky Conference's Most Valuable Player and was a first team all-league choice after leading the Hornets to the conference's regular season championship. She became the first Hornet MVP since 2007 after easily leading the nation with 1,611 assists. She also ranked 12th in the nation in aces, and was an all-tournament selection at the Big Sky Championships. Kurtz hit a team-best .341 while ranking third in the Big Sky with 20 double-doubles and registering at least 50 assists on 12 occasions.

Other finalists
Sofie Babic (Golf) -- Babic's average of 74.03 strokes per round was the second best mark in program history. The sophomore had four top-three finishes in her 10 events this season, and had 12 rounds of 72 or lower during the year.
Kylee Kim-Bustillos (Soccer) -- A true freshman, Kim-Bustillos led the Hornets in total points while scoring a freshman-record 11 goals. She was recognized as the Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year and was a first team all-league recipient.
Celina Matthias (Softball) -- A fourth-year senior, Matthias is 18-9 with five saves a 2.10 ERA. She has factored into 23 of the team's 29 wins, including 21 complete games and five shutouts in 25 starts. Opponents are hitting just .209 against the right-hander.
Caitlin Soliwoda (Gymnastics) -- Soliwoda was the most consistent gymnast on the team in 2018 as she did not have a fall on any event during the season. The senior averaged 39.005 in the all-around which is the third highest mark in school history.

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MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Andre Lindsey (Track & Field/Football)
A rare two-sport collegiate student-athlete, Lindsey achieved elite status in both football and track and field. Lindsey was named second team all-Big Sky in football during the fall after leading the team with 756 yards on 25 receptions. His average of 30.24 yards per reception was the best in the FCS during the season and he broke the school record which had stood since 1982. In track, Lindsey followed his 110-hurdles victory at last spring's Big Sky Outdoor Championships by winning the 60-hurdles at the conference indoor meet. His time of 6.84 seconds in the event places him fifth in school history. Lindsey also ranks fifth in the program's outdoor record book with a 110-hurdles best of 14.05 seconds.

Other finalists
Parker Brahms (Baseball) -- Brahms has four wins and a 2.12 ERA, which is the top ERA in the Western Athletic Conference among starters. He has also added 95 strikeouts in 72.1 innings pitched.
Paul Geyer (Soccer) -- Geyer was named the Big West Conference's Midfielder of the Year, first team all-conference and all-West Region. He became the first player in program history to become a four-time all-Big West selection.
Ben Sorensen (Football) -- Sorensen was named to the Associated Press All-America third team and also earned first team all-Big Sky honors following his senior season after leading the Big Sky with 10 sacks (1.00 per game).
Justin Strings (Basketball) -- Strings was a second team all-district, and second team all-league selection, becoming just the second Hornet men's basketball player to be named all-Big Sky on three occasions. Averaged 17.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 36.2 minutes.

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