May 1, 2008
Santa Clara Celebrates Women's Sports With Annual Luncheon
May 1, 2008
SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The Santa Clara University Athletic Department celebrated women in sports on Thursday, May 1 with its annual Women's Sports Luncheon. The initial purpose of the event that was initiated six years ago was to get women to give back to women.
The Get in the Game Women's Sports Luncheon is a fundraiser to provide individuals with the opportunity to directly support Santa Clara's ten female sports teams and ensure their continued success by contributing to the SCU Athletic Director's Strategic Initiative Fund. The SIF is an annual fund integral to providing a strong intercollegiate athletic program committed to excellence in the classroom and in competition.
This year, Santa Clara women's teams have outshone the competition in the West Coast Conference and in the nation. Highlights from the seasons include:
Women's Basketball: Seniors Chandice Cronk and Jen Gottschalk received All -WCC honors. Junior Elizabeth Doran compiled a 3.95 cumulative GPA as a bio-engineering major and was recognized for her efforts on the court and in the classroom as she received ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District, WCC All-Academic and Division I-AAA Basketball Scholar-Athlete honors.
Women's Soccer: All-West Coast Conference first team honors went to Kiki Bosio and Brittany Klein. Bosio also received WCC All-Academic Team honors.
Volleyball: Senior Crystal Matich, a two-time All-American was named 2007 WCC Player of the Year and led Santa Clara in assists, averaging 13.29 per game.
Women's Tennis: Seniors Myra Davoudi and Lindsey McBride, along with freshman Carmen Pham were named to the 2008 West Coast Conference Women's Tennis Team. Davoudi and McBride compiled a team-best 11-8 overall record, going 5-0 in WCC regular season dual matches.
Women's Water Polo: Five Santa Clara student-athletes received 2008 All-WWPA honors. Elizabeth Perry, Randahl Capurro, Christie Miller, along with junior Amy Lamb, received All-WWPA Honorable Mention. Freshman Taylor Harkins was named to the WWPA All-Freshman Team.
Softball: Junior Noelani Ho'opi'i currently leads the team in batting average (.297), on base percentage (.396), fielding percentage (.970), hits (43), runs (21) and steals (7-14) and is tied for first in home runs (4) and RBI's (20) on the season. Beyond that, she has been hit by a pitch 7 times, and season isn't over yet. Jackie Nicora leads the team GPA with a cumulative 3.889.
The Santa Clara women's soccer and women's water polo teams were each honored for the second straight year by the NCAA for their latest Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores. Santa Clara athletics compiled yet another quarter of a 3.0 GPA, while the women's golf team led the way with a 3.58 team GPA. There are 8 female student-athletes who earned a 4.0 GPA for the winter term this year.