VOLLEYBALL’S ASHTIN OLIN NAMED SACRAMENTO STATE’S FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

VOLLEYBALL’S ASHTIN OLIN NAMED SACRAMENTO STATE’S FEMALE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Volleyball's freshman setter Ashtin Olin has been named the Sacramento State Female Newcomer of the Year. An all-conference selection, Olin became just the third freshman in program history to be named all-Big Sky. Despite playing with a knee injury the majority of the season, the redshirt freshman averaged 10.32 assists, 2.21 digs, 0.86 kills, 0.32 aces and 0.81 blocks per set while hitting .249. She started all 29 matches in which she appeared, posting double figures in digs on 10 occasions, and finishing with 10 double-doubles. Olin, who was named the Big Sky Player of the Week on Oct. 1, helped the Hornets to an 11-6 record in conference play.

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OTHER NOMINEES

Brianna Bowers (Softball) - An honorable mention all-Big Sky selection as a true freshman. After starting four of the first 29 games of the season, she started each of the last 27 games, including 16 of the team's 17 games in league play. Finished the season batting .333 overall, and second on the team with .404 average in Big Sky play. Bowers had a 12-game hitting streak, the longest by a Hornet this year and tied for the 12th longest streak in the program's Div. I era (1990-pres.).

Jayden Nielsen (Tennis) - A freshman from British Columbia, Nielsen went 11-7 overall in singles play in her debut season, including 6-3 in league, and was named honorable mention all-Big Sky. Nielsen posted a .667 winning percentage (6-3) at the No. 3 singles position while finishing with a .571 winning percentage at the No. 2 spot. Both ranked among the top five in the Big Sky. A true freshman, Nielsen also played four matches at the No. 1 singles spot for the Hornets.

Shantel Nnaji (Track & Field) - Nnaji finished first at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships following a career best in the discus. The freshman threw 163-11 to win the event by over six feet. Her throw also moved her into third place in school history and was the longest by a Hornet since 2005. Nnaji also became just the second Sacramento State female athlete to finish first in the discus at the Big Sky Championships.

Jordan Smith (Rowing) - The true freshman competed in every spring race for the rowing team, spending half the season in the team's top boat (Varsity Eight). The recipient of the team's most improved award, Smith competed in the two, three and four seats with the varsity eight, and in the four and five seats with the second varsity eight. Early in her rowing career, she was a coxswain and can now row both sides. Has a 2,000-meter ergometer time of 7:28.

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AWARD TIMELINE

June 11 - Female Newcomer of the Year
June 12 - Male Newcomer of the Year
June 13 - Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year
June 14 - Male Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year
June 17 - Women's Academic Team of the Year
June 18 - Men's Academic Team of the Year
June 19 - Female Individual Performance of the Year
June 20 - Male Individual Performance of the Year
June 21 - Biggest Upset Award
June 24 - Hornets Care Award
June 25 - Clutch Play Award
June 26 - Coach of the Year
June 27 - Female Hornet Award
June 28 - Male Hornet Award
July 1 - Team of the Year
July 2 - Female Student-Athlete of the Year
July 3 - Male Student-Athlete of the Year