Kenzi Snyder Earns Second Big West Player of the Week Award

Kenzi Snyder (Photo by Tony Mastres)
Kenzi Snyder (Photo by Tony Mastres)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – For the second time this year, UC Santa Barbara women's water polo goalkeeper Kenzi Snyder has been named the Big West Player of the Week, the conference announced Wednesday morning.

Outstanding as she has been for her entire junior season, the Santa Ana, Calif. native spearheaded a defensive effort which held No. 13 Long Beach State to just three goals in a 6-3 Gaucho victory. She finished with nine saves, tied for her third-highest save total of the year, and had a .750 save percentage. She also added one steal.

The three goals allowed were two fewer than UCSB's previous conference season-low of five, set in a 6-5 win over No. 7 UC Irvine on Mar. 9. Snyder tied a season-high with 13 saves in that game, resulting in the only other conference player of the week honor of her career.

Snyder's efforts saw UCSB's regular season end in historic fashion. The Gauchos became the only Big West team with 20 wins during the regular season, reaching that mark for just the fourth time since 1996. At 20-7 overall and 3-2 in Big West play, Santa Barbara hit 20 wins in just 27 outings. That was six games faster than any of their previous 20-win seasons over the last 24 campaigns.

This also marks the third time this year that a Gaucho has been named Big West Player of the Week.

The Gauchos will now shift their focus to the Big West Tournament, which opens on Friday at 1:00 p.m. in a rematch against tournament host No. 5 seed Long Beach State.