Pomona-Pitzer’s Hill, Cal Lutheran’s Rond Lead SCIAC Honorees

Courtesy: Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) women’s water polo teams were announced Thursday following a vote conducted by the league’s member head coaches.

Pomona-Pitzer’s Natalie Hill was named the 2019 SCIAC Athlete of the Year after pacing the Sagehens to a 19-12 overall record that was highlighted by a 14-0 mark in conference play. As a result, Pomona-Pitzer earned the top seed in the upcoming SCIAC Postseason Tournament. Hill, who was a Second Team All-SCIAC selection a year ago, was named First Team All-SCIAC in 2019 after leading the Sagehens with 13 goals and 24 assists during league play. Hill totaled 30 goals and 33 assists during the regular season in all competition.

The 2019 SCIAC Newcomer of the Year award went to California Lutheran’s Lexi Rond who helped the Regals clinch the second seed in the upcoming conference postseason tournament. Rond netted 54 total goals in her debut season en route to also being tabbed a First Team All-SCIAC honoree. Her efforts helped Cal Lutheran to a 19-8 overall ledger that was bolstered by a 12-2 mark in conference play.

Earning the SCIAC Character Award was Chapman’s Alyssa Welfringer. Welfringer is a two-time team captain, and in 2017, was named Miss Huntington Beach where she spent many hours giving back to her community. The senior attended many events and fundraisers to help her community. At the beginning of her freshman season, she had a grand mal seizure and was diagnosed with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. She spent the rest of the season in the hospital and thought she would never be cleared to play water polo ever again. This season she is second in the conference in steals (42) and is third in saves with 96 during league action.

Regals’ head coach Craig Rond and his Cal Lutheran staff were named the 2019 SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year having earned the same distinction during the fall on the men’s side. Rond guided the Regals to the second seed in the conference postseason tournament for the second time in as many years, and for his efforts, has now earned SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year honors for the second time in three years (2017).

First Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Sawyer Bellville Whittier Jr. ATT Chino, Calif.
Guarina Garcia La Verne Sr. ATT Carolina, Puerto Rico
Natalie Hill Pomona-Pitzer Sr. ATT Torrance, Calif.
Katelyn Jenkins Redlands Sr. ATT Bellevue, Wash.
Jassmine Kezman La Verne So. ATT Montebello, Calif.
Teresa Marchetti Whittier Fy. ATT Messina, Italy
Bailey Meyer California Lutheran Sr. G Santa Ana, Calif.
Lexi Rond California Lutheran Fy. C Oxnard, Calif.
Morgan Stockham Pomona-Pitzer Sr. G Claremont, Calif.
Second Team All-SCIAC
Name Institution Year Position Hometown
Aracelia Aldrete CMS Jr. ATT San Francisco, Calif.
Amelia Ayala CMS So. DEF Ventura, Calif.
Anastacia Gonzalez Whittier Sr. ATT Montebello, Calif.
Kelly Grosswendt Redlands Sr. G Newbury Park, Calif.
Nadia Paquin Pomona-Pitzer Fy. UT Atherton, Calif.
Kyla Pickell Pomona-Pitzer Sr. DEF Irvine, Calif.
Nikki Roed California Lutheran Sr. UT Seattle, Wash.
Anna Yu Pomona-Pitzer Sr. ATT Santa Clara, Calif.

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