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WHITTIER, Calif. – The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced this morning their ACWPC All-American Teams and Whittier saw three players earn recognition.
A total of 33 student-athletes from 14 institutions earned 2018 ACWPC Men's Varsity Division III All-American honors.
Sophomore Hans Zdolsek (Linkoping, Sweden) led the Purple & Gold being named to the 1st Team for the second straight year. Freshman Eric Borunda (Whittier, Calif.) landed on the 2nd Team for the first time in his career and junior Murat Ersoz (Istanbul, Turkey) was named Honorable Mention for the second straight year.
Zdolsek who was also named 1st Team All-SCIAC registered 39 goals and eight assists with a .500 shot percentage in conference. He also had 13 steals. On the year he finished with 48 goals and 10 assists with a .522 shot percentage.
Borunda, who was named the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year as well as 2nd Team All-SCIAC notched 32 goals in league play in his debut season, and scored 53 times overall for the Poets, which led the team. He also added nine assists and a .427 shot percentage along with ten steals. He becomes the second Poet in consecutive years to earn Newcomer of the Year distinction. Zdolsek received this recognition in 2017.
Ersoz wrapped up the year as the top goalie within SCIAC being named 1st Team All-SCIAC for the second straight year. This year in conference he totaled 181 saves with a .578 save percentage. He had an 8.93 goals against average and added 13 steals. On the year he tallied 213 saves, a .541 save percentage and a 9.39 goals against average.
Adam Ward from Pomona-Pitzer was named the Division III Player of the Year and Head Coach Alex Rodriguez (Pomona-Pitzer) was named the Division III Coach of the Year.
A total of nine athletes are repeat All-America recipients as Ward (2018 First Team, 2017 First Team, 2016 First Team, 2015 Honorable Mention) of Pomona-Pitzer, Giorgio Cico (2018 First Team, 2017 First Team, 2016 Second Team, 2015 Second Team) of Johns Hopkins become four-time selections. Steven Csaposs (2018 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention), Wesley Hertel (2018 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of Chapman, Evan Kim (2018 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) of MIT, Joe Schafer (2018 Second Tea, 2017 Second Team) and Jacob Niskey (2017 Honorable Mention, 2017 First Team) of Pomona-Pitzer, Hans Zdolsek (2018 First Team, 2017 First Team) and Murat Ersoz (2018 Honorable Mention, 2017 Honorable Mention) all garner their second All-America nods.
The ACWPC All-America teams are selected based on nominations and voting by the head coach of each program in the 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.