Feb. 1, 2011
Los Angeles - It was announced this afternoon by the Los Angeles Sports Council, that the Cal State Fullerton volleyball Big West Conference-clinching victory over UC Irvine in November has been voted L.A.'s Greatest Sports Moment of 2010 in the Div. I Schools category and will be honored at the sixth-annual LA Sports Awards gala on Feb. 24.
The results of the online fan voting that ran from Jan. 10 to Jan. 31 placed the Titans over the other nominees from UC Irvine track and field and women's soccer.
The star-studded awards dinner and gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel will salute the greatest moments in sports for 2010 in the Los Angeles/Orange County area. The Los Angeles Sports Council will present the event, continuing the Sports Council's tradition of recognizing each year's top sports moments. FSN Prime Ticket will televise this year's event and will replay it numerous times in the days following the original broadcast.
The three finalists for the Greatest Sports Moment of 2010 in the Div. I Schools category were:
&\#8232;Fullerton Wins Big West Title, Qualifies for NCAA's (winner)&\#8232;
&\#8232;With a 3-1 road win over UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton secured its first-ever Big West Conference Championship and NCAA tournament berth in women's volleyball. The Titans, led by Coach Carolyn Zimmerman (Big West and AVCA West Region Coach of the Year) and Big West Player of the Year Erin Sadler, went 26-6 overall and 14-2 in conference and cracked the national top 25 rankings for the first time in school history (November 19). The Titans had never finished higher than 5th place in conference play.
&\#8232;UCI's Jock Breaks 32-Year Old Record&\#8232;
UC Irvine's Charles Jock broke 3-time Olympian Steve Scott's 1978 school record in the 800 meters with a time of 1:47.46 at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Jock went on to be named Big West Conference Athlete of the Year (March 28).
&\#8232;UCI Women's Soccer Advances to NCAA Sweet 16&\#8232;
&\#8232;The UC Irvine women's soccer team defeated Wake Forest, 2-0, to qualify for the NCAA Sweet 16 (3rd round of the tournament). It was a first-ever tournament berth for the Anteaters, who also were the first women's soccer team in Big West history to go undefeated and untied in league play, at UC Irvine (November 14).
The "Greatest Moments" event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Los Angeles Sports Council which will utilize the proceeds to further its mission of promoting economic development through sports in Southern California. In addition, the event benefits every major sports organization in the Los Angeles/Orange County area through its portrayal of the best that the year in sports has to offer.
For more information on the La Sports Council or the LA Spoerts Awards, visit their website at lasports.org.