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Spring 2002 l Capital University Journal
Hornet athletic highlights

Photo of Sac State soccer defender Jason Ganttbaseball
The team opened the season with its best 10-game start (7-3) since the 1993 season.

Seniors Aurelio Jackson and Carlos Morales were named to the all-Big West team in 2001.

men’s basketball
Junior Joe Dawson, a walk-on in the fall, tied the Division I-era team record with 65 three-pointers.

women’s basketball
Freshman Kristine Knowlton led the Big Sky and ranked among the top 30 in the nation in blocked shots (2.11 per game).

cross country
Senior Annette Corey finished with three top-10 finishes during the season.

The men’s team placed third at the Sacramento Invitational.

football
Freshman quarterback Ryan Leadingham set the school single-season passing record with 2,752 yards.

Sophomore Camron Mbewa was named first team all-Big Sky, leading the team with 72 tackles.

men’s golf (2001 season)

The team placed third at the 2001 Big Sky Championships.

Former Sac State golfer Robert Hamilton finished second at the U.S. Amateur Tournament, and received an automatic invitation to the 2002 Master’s Tournament.

women’s golf (2001 season)
The team captured the title at the Otter Invitational hosted by CSU Monterey Bay, and Erin Brannigan captured her second career title.

gymnastics
The team won two consecutive Western Independent Championships in 2000-01 before moving to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.

The team earned its first NCAA West Regional appearance in 1999.
Freshman Nirvana Zaher set a program record for balance beam with a 9.925 on Feb. 22.

rowing
The varsity eight won its second straight Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association (WIRA) title last season.

Three members of the team were named to the CRCA All-West Region team and three were named all-WIRA.

men’s soccer
Six players were named all-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, including senior defender Jason Gantt (pictured, above).

The team won the regular season conference championship and completed the 2001 season with the best overall record in conference play (4-1-2) since 1992.

Head coach Michael Linenberger was voted 2001 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Soccer Coach of the Year.

Sean Luigs was named to the Division I all-Far West second team. Luigs also received first team all-conference and all-MPSF Tournament honors.

women’s soccer
The team earned its second consecutive trip to the Big Sky Tournament. Three members of the team received all-Big Sky Tournament selections, the team’s most since 1997.

softball
Jillian Bivert and Lori Meixner were named to the Big West all-conference team in 2001.

Sophomore Nicole Deatherage threw a no-hitter against Providence in February, the sixth Sac State pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 1990.

men’s tennis
The team finished the 2001 season with a program-best 20-3 record, including its third Big Sky championship in four years. The team also finished the season ranked 74th in the nation, the first time it cracked the top 75. Five members were named all-Big Sky.

women’s tennis
The team began this season with its best start ever (7-1). It tied its best Division I record (11-10) last season. Three members were named all-Big Sky last year.

indoor track and field
Junior Jonathan Davis earned his first Big Sky title in the 55-meter dash with a career-best 6.33 seconds.

Outdoor Track and Field
The women’s team tallied 14 new outdoor records.

Volleyball
The team finished the 2001 season with a 20-9 overall record and the team’s fifth-consecutive Big Sky championship.

Head coach Debby Colberg was named Big Sky Volleyball Coach of the Year for the fourth time in five years.


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