sports fans have quite a bit to look forward to this spring. Here’s
a sampling of what’s to come:
CSUS baseball team has a fresh look in 2003 with 19 new players,
a newly renovated Hornet Field to call home and its fastest start
to a season since 1994.
The Hornets will have also have made the move to independent status
after competing in the Big West the past five seasons. Their schedule
will feature a variety of opponents such as Hawai'i, UC Santa Barbara,
Minnesota, Cal, Stanford, Pacific, Arizona, Santa Clara and Washington
State. Head coach John Smith, who has the most wins and longest
tenure of any coach in program history, is in his 25th season. Senior
pitcher Steve Cuckovich, senior center fielder Tim Reimer and junior
first baseman and pitcher Chris Kinsey serve as the core for the
The CSUS women's tennis team looks to defend its Big Sky Conference
The Hornets were selected to finish first in the Big Sky coaches
poll for the first time since joining the conference in 1997. The
Hornets are also ranked No. 75 in the national collegiate team rankings.
Leading the squad will be freshman Margarita Karnaukhova, who opened
the year with a team best 5-1 record. The Krasnovar, Russia, native
is ranked No. 51 in the national preseason singles rankings by ITA,
the first Hornet in program history to be ranked.
The Hornet gymnastics squad will look to defend its Mountain Pacific
Sports Federation title and reach the NCAA West Regionals.
Head coach Kim Hughes, the 2002 MPSF Coach of the Year, has great
depth on his squad with 11 freshmen joining the program. The squad
is led by junior Binta Coleman (all-around), senior Jenny Diamond
(vault, beam, floor) and sophomores Meloney Greer (vault, bars,
beam), Jessica Hoffman (all-around) and Nirvana Zaher (all-around).
The 2003 MPSF Women's Gymnastics Championships will be hosted by
CSUS on March 29 in the Hornets Nest.
The men's tennis team will seek its third-consecutive Big Sky Conference
championship and its fifth title in the last six years.
The Hornets have been picked in a poll of the Big Sky coaches to
win the conference championship this year. First-year head coach
Sherif Zaher joins the coaching ranks after earning Big Sky Most
Valuable Player honors each of the last two years as a player for
Softball enters the year with plenty of new faces, a new conference
and a revamped facility.
The team features 14 newcomers, the most in head coach Kathy Strahan's
11-year tenure with the program. Only seven players return (including
two seniors). After spending the past six years in the Big West
Conference, Sacramento state enters the newly formed Pacific Coast
Softball Conference for the 2003 season. Loyola Marymount and CSUS
were chosen as co-favorites to win the PCSC in the preseason coach’s
Winners of two of the last three Western Intercollegiate Rowing
Association titles, the CSUS women's rowing team hopes to continue
First-year head coach Mike Connors is putting together a new lineup
for the varsity eight as the team's top boat lost six student-athletes
to graduation. Over the last four years, the Hornets' varsity eight
has combined for two silvers and two golds at the WIRA Championships
and a 25-6 dual-meet record. The team's top returners include juniors
Stephanie Brow and Adelle Reimer. The team’s home facility
(CSUS Aquatic Center in Rancho Cordova) will again serve as the
host to the WIRA Championships, the Pacific Coast Rowing Championships
and the Pacific-10 Championships.
Track and field
The men's and women's track and field teams begin their busy outdoor
schedule on March 8.
The men's team will be led by senior Jonathan Davis, who is looking
to defend his standing as the Big Sky Conference's fastest man.
Last year, Davis captured both the 55-meter title during the indoor
season and the 100-meter crown at the conference's outdoor championships.
The women's team has a nice mixture of veteran leadership and young
talent. Junior Shanita Bryant hopes to recover from a hamstring
injury which sidelined her for most of last season. As a freshman,
she was one of the Big Sky's top sprinters and jumpers.
After solid showings in the fall, the men's and women's golf teams
each have a full schedule during the spring season.
The women opened their year with a sixth-place showing at the Aztec
Invitational hosted by San Diego State. The women still have events
in Goodyear, Ariz., Monterey, and Arroyo Grande, before competing
in the Big Sky Conference Championship on April 21-23.
The men's team, which features six golfers from the Sacramento area,
will compete in four tournaments during the spring. The squad opens
the season in Beaumont at the UC Riverside Tournament.