March 7, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis junior guard Brianna Salvatore and sophomore goalkeeper Kris Schultz were honored by the Big West Conference with the 2013 Sportsmanship Award as announced by the league office.
Each school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee voted for a male and female representative who best displayed sportsmanship during the 2013 calendar year. Sportsmanship, as defined by the SAAC Council, is "conduct or practice of fairness, courtesy, and honor, while participating in sports; the ethos carried, not only in victory, but also in the face of defeat."
This is the first year of a modified Sportsmanship Award, which now recognizes individuals as opposed to teams under the old format.
Salvatore is in her fourth year with the Aggies' women's basketball team, rebounding from a season-ending injury in 2012-13 to average 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in 20 contests this season. The Villa Park, Calif., native, who missed eight games at the start of Big West play due to injury, started 12 of UC Davis' first 15 games, including a career-high 18 points on 6-of-7 from the field at Pacific.
The women's basketball team closes out the 2013-14 regular season on Saturday (March 8) at 2 p.m. at The Pavilion against UC Irvine and has locked up a berth in next week's Big West Conference Tournament. The first two rounds of the league's postseason event will be held at the Walter Pyramid at Long Beach State on March 11-12, with the semifinals and championship game held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on March 14 and 15, respectively.
“Brianna epitomizes what sportsmanship is all about," Head Coach Jennifer Gross said. "She is a great competitor but, more important, she is an amazing person who respects each and every one of her opponents. Brianna shows up every day ready to improve and gives everything she has to her team. She has a unique ability to motivate her teammates every day with her enthusiasm, work ethic, and positivity."
Schultz wrapped up his third season as a member of the men's soccer team after redshirting as a true freshman in 2011 and making his first career start against SMU in 2012. The Aggies finished the 2013 season with a 9-9-3 overall record and a 4-4-2 mark in Big West play, finishing second in the North Division and gaining the semifinals of the conference tournament before falling to eventual champion -- and NCAA Tournament "Sweet 16" participant -- UC Irvine.
“Kris was out the entire fall season as part of a yearlong recovery from surgery on both hips," Head Coach Dwayne Shaffer said. "Despite being on crutches, he was at practice every single day. He has an excellent attitude, is extremely hardworking, and constantly motivates and supports his teammates. Kris takes every opportunity and uses it to the fullest. He is truly a wonderful young man.”
2013 BIG WEST CONFERENCE SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
Naveen Beasley, Cal Poly (Tennis)
Ritchie Gonzalez, Cal State Fullerton (Soccer)
Brian Behrad, Cal State Northridge (Soccer)
Jake Dawson, Long Beach State (Track & Field/Cross Country)
Kris Schultz, UC Davis (Soccer)
Andrew Morales, UC Irvine (Baseball)
K.C. John, UC Riverside (Soccer)
John Green, UC Santa Barbara (Basketball)
Stephen Ventimilla, Hawaii (Baseball)
Jordan Zander, Cal Poly (Soccer)
Samantha Galarza, Cal State Fullerton (Softball)
Mahina Haina, Cal State Northridge (Volleyball)
Coriann Snyder, Long Beach State (Water Polo)
Brianna Salvatore, UC Davis (Basketball)
Kelly Meggs, UC Irvine (Basketball)
Jzsanette Lindstrom, UC Riverside (Cross Country)
Grace Esslinger, UC Santa Barbara (Track & Field)
Kelly Majam Elms, Hawaii (Softball)