College Notebook: Historic week nets Cal Poly’s Ervin award

Women’s basketball guard named Big West Player of Week after setting Mustangs career assists record

sports@thetribunenews.comJanuary 14, 2014 

Cal Poly guard Jonae Ervin was named Big West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday.

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On the heels of a week in which she led the Cal Poly women’s basketball team to a thrilling overtime victory and etched her name into the school’s record book, Jonae Ervin was named the Big West Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, Cal Poly announced Monday.

Ervin, a 5-foot-3 guard, scored a career-high 37 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the Mustangs overcame a 17-point deficit to top Hawaii, 78-74, on the road in the league opener Wednesday.

When Cal Poly defeated UC Santa Barbara 88-70 at home three days later, the senior from Brea recorded her school-record 391st career assist to go along with six points and seven rebounds.

The previous Mustangs record for assists was held by Laura Buehning, who dished out 390 from 1979 to 1982.

Cal Poly men to play on ESPNU

The Big West announced the Cal Poly men’s basketball team’s Feb. 1 home game against UC Irvine will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.

The start time for the game has been changed to 8 p.m. in light of the announcement.

The Mustangs and Anteaters are both 2-0 in Big West play, joining Cal State Northridge as conference co-leaders.

The contest will be the first nationally-televised home game for the Mustangs since they fell to Cal State Fullerton on ESPNU on Jan. 8, 2009.

Cal Poly’s other game against UC Irvine on March 1 is also being considered for ESPN2, ESPNU or ESPN3, and a decision will be made closer to the date.

Silva named Cal Poly assistant women’s soccer coach

Bernardo Silva has been promoted to assistant coach of the Cal Poly women’s soccer team, the school announced.

Silva volunteered as an assistant last season, a year in which the Mustangs scored a league-high 32 goals en route to a Big West regular-season title.

The spot was made vacant when Bob Galarneau stepped down to become tournament director of the San Luis Obispo Soccer Club.

Silva, a 2011 UC Santa Barbara graduate, spent 2012 as an assistant with the Cal Poly men’s team. He was a regional scout for the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer during his time in college.

The school also announced Lindsey Smith will fill Silva’s void as a volunteer assistant. Smith will work primarily with the Mustangs’ goalkeepers; a position she played at Westmont College, where she was a first-team NAIA All-American in 2013.

Savusa commits to Cal Poly football program

Samo Savusa, a defensive tackle at Madison High in San Diego, announced on social media he has committed to play football at Cal Poly.

The 6-foot-1, 265-pound senior posted a photo of himself wearing a Mustangs jersey on his Instagram account Sunday, coupled with a caption announcing his decision.

“The people over here are great, the environment is great, everything is great,” he wrote along with hashtags such as “#Cal, #Poly, #Mustang,” and “#DreamComingTrue.”

According to the recruiting website Rivals, Savusa had drawn interest from FBS schools such as Hawaii, Stanford and Utah.

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