Auriel Bill of Cal State East Bay and Chanel Schilling of UC San Diego highlight the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) all-conference teams announced Wednesday.
University of the Pacific junior Kyra Christmas claimed back-to-back Golden Coast Conference Women’s Water Polo Player of the Year honors.
It’s decision time, most of the open questions, if not all, could be settled on the penultimate day in the Champions League prelims.
Although there were just 23 games played on Week 13, that did not stop the goal onslaught. Forty-seven players got in on the act as 51 efforts of three of more goals were recorded.
Of the 13 Week 13 contests involving a ranked team, just one resulted in an upset as Brown bested #22 Marist 6-4 in a non-conference battle. Meanwhile, #7 UC Irvine and Pomona-Pitzer claimed conference crowns with victories.
In one of the most incredible finals in recent years, host Sabadell came back from three goals down in the last period and with a 5-0 rush in the last five minutes they managed to beat Olympiacos to clinch their 5th Euro League trophy in nine years.
Sabadell and Olympiacos will clash for the Euro League trophy on Saturday and replay the 2015 final. The host Spaniards downed newcomer Padova while Olympiacos managed to overcome fellow Greek side Vouliagmeni in the semi-finals.
At the CWPA Division III Championships, Becca Dabrowski netted 27 goals in three games en route to All-Tournament Team and MVP honors. Dabrowski’s efforts led all scorers on collegiate water polo Week 12.
Following the completion of the USA Water Polo ODP Men’s National Team Selection Camps, rosters have been announced for the Youth, Cadet, and Development squads.
UC Irvine can clinch a share of the Big West title on Week 13, while many conference tournament seedings are at stake, especially in the MPSF.
Three former winners, Sabadell (ESP), Olympiacos (GRE), Vouliagmeni (GRE) and a newcomer, Padova (ITA) will be part of the show in Sabadell where the Euro League trophy is at stake in the coming Easter weekend.
There were a few slight shifts in the Week 13 CWPA Top 25 poll after a week in which the rankings held with regards to results. The Week 12 ties were broken at #6 and #18.
Rankings held across the board as there were no upsets among the CWPA Top 25 on Week 12 of women’s water polo action, but the CWPA Division III title was awarded as were a handful of other conference crowns.
Brescia and Barceloneta joined Recco in Group A to qualify for the Final Eight, . while in Group B the heat is still on as Szolnok halted Jug’s unbeaten run to stay in the hunt while Olympiacos and BPM Busto also won.
Aria Fischer scored a career-high five goals and No. 1 Stanford clinched the top seed in the upcoming MPSF Championship with a 13-12 victory at No. 4 Cal on Saturday afternoon.