Olivarez, Quintana, van Hunnik Named to CSLA Athletics Hall of Fame
The Cal State L.A. Athletics Hall of Fame will grow by three members in February with the induction of Edna Olivarez-Nguyen (tennis), Lupe Quintana-Whiteman (basketball) and Luanne van Hunnik (archery) as announced by the Golden Eagle Hall of Fame Committee. The trio will be inducted on Friday, February 2 in ceremonies held at the Tower restaurant in the Transamerica building downtown.
"With such a successful and diverse group of nominees to choose from, this was an extremely difficult year to select just three people for induction to the hall of fame," says Cal State L.A. Director of Athletics Carol Dunn.
"Edna Olivarez-Nguyen, Lupe Quintana-Whiteman and Luanne van Hunnik are three outstanding choices who not only represented the University well while they were here, but who have continued to make meaningful contributions to their communities since their days at Cal State L.A."
Edna Olivarez Nguyen
Edna Olivarez stands out as one of the most successful women's tennis players from a program which has produced many champions. Olivarez won numerous titles while a Golden Eagle, starting in her freshman season (1987) when she was named the national Rookie of the Year by the Intercollegiate Tennis Coaches Association.
She was named the CCAA Tennis Player of the Year in 1989 after she captured the prestigious Rolex West Regional Championship and finished second in the nation at the Rolex National Tournament.
The crowning feather in her cap, however, came at the end of her collegiate career in 1990 when she captured the NCAA Division II national singles championship. Immediately after winning that title, she teamed with Jennifer Choi to capture the national championship in doubles as well.
Olivarez was a four-time All-American and was a three-time Cal State L.A. team MVP from 1988-90. A native of the Philippines, Olivarez graduated from Cal State L.A. with a degree in accounting. She is currently the acting controller at Family Service of Los Angeles.
One of the top players in Cal State L.A. women's basketball history, Lupe Quintana earned induction into the Cal State L.A. Athletics Hall of Fame as much for her work ethic as for her natural playing ability. She made her reputation as a tenacious defender and rebounder, a reputation verified by her numerous mentions in the Cal State L.A. basketball record book.
Quintana still hold the Cal State L.A. career rebounding record, collecting 1,200 boards from 1986-89. In fact her total is nearly 500 better than her nearest competitor. She ranks second in career blocked shots (107) and third in career steals (183).
Though she was known as a rebounder and defender, sometimes overlooked is the fact that Quintana was a prolific scorer during her four seasons at Cal State L.A. Her career total of 1,321 points still ranks third on the all-time Golden Eagle scoring list. Only four players had a better scoring season than her 429 points as a sophomore in 1987.
Quintana earned numerous individual honors during her Golden Eagle career, including the Billie Jean King Award as the University's top female athlete in 1989.
She earned her degree in biology from Cal State L.A. in 1990 and currently works as a cytotechnologist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte.
Luanne van Hunnik
As a champion archer, one could say Luanne van Hunnik took dead aim at success. One could also say that she hit the bulls eye as both a student and an athlete during her highly successful collegiate career in the early 1980's.
After transferring to Cal State L.A. from Cypress College in 1980, van Hunnik earned the California State Collegiate Championship-indoors and outdoors-in both her junior and senior seasons. She was a two-time All-American at Cal State L.A, placing third at the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships as a junior and seventh as a senior.
She was the junior college mixed team national champion at Cypress in 1979 before coming to Cal State L.A. and placing second nationally as a junior and third nationally as a senior.
After graduating from Cal State L.A. in 1982, van Hunnik served as a the scorekeeper at the 1983 World Target Championships for Gold Medalist Jin Ho Kim of Korea and at the 1984 Olympic Games for Silver Medalist Rick McKinney of the USA.
Luanne van Hunnik compiled an impressive 3.5 grade point average while earning her degree in physical education at CSLA. She maintains her connection to the Golden Eagle program, having served as CSLA's equipment manager since 1982.