2017 ACWPC All-Americans
WHITTIER, Calif. – The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced this morning their ACWPC All-American Teams and Whittier saw four players earn recognition.
A total of 28 student-athletes from 13 institutions earned 2017 ACWPC Men's Varsity Division III All-America honors.
Whittier College, Pomona-Pitzer Colleges and Johns Hopkins University lead the selections as the trio garnered a quartet of accolades. California Lutheran University (three), Chapman University (three), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (three), Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges (two) and Connecticut College (two) also garnered multiple honors, with the California Institute of Technology, Occidental College, Penn State Behrend, University of La Verne and the University of Redlands each posting solo honors.
Freshman Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) leads the Purple & Gold being named to the 1st Team for the first time in his career. He played in 28 games totaling 50 goals and 13 assists accumulating 63 points and a .417 shot percentage. He also added nine drawn ejections and 35 steals. He also was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week on two different occasions throughout the season.
Landing on the 2nd Team was freshman Carlos Heredia Viteri (Commerce, Calif.) who added the dual threat for the Poets all season. He also played in 28 games totaling a team high 61 goals and 19 assists, while shooting .409. He drew 13 ejections and added a team high 29 steals. He was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week in the third week of voting.
Sophomore Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) and senior Tim Aakhus (Bakersfield, Calif.) rounded out the award recipients both being named Honorable Mention. Ersoz proved to be one of the top goalies in the SCIAC putting together his best season yet at Whittier College. He played in 21 games collecting 202 saves with a .522 save percentage and allowed a mere 9.19 goals against average. He was also strong outside of the cage adding 40 steals and a goal to his resume.
All four award recipients earn this recognition for the first time in their careers.
Aakhus was the Poets' top defender playing in 28 games with 41 goals and 17 assists. He shot .398, picked up 10 ejections and added 29 steals.
The ACWPC All-America teams are selected based on nominations and voting by the head coach of each program by National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division (Division I, II, III).
Since 2005, the mission of the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) is to promote the development and advancement of collegiate water polo. This shall be accomplished by providing its membership with professional education, services, training and a united voice.