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WHITTIER, Calif. – 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.
Whittier College saw three athletes earn recognition led by junior transfer Sawyer Bellville (Chino, Calif.) and freshman Teresa Marchetti (Messina, Italy) who both landed on the 1st Team. Senior Anastacia Gonzalez (Montebello, Calif.) also received accolades on the 2nd Team.
Bellville in just her first season after transferring in from University of Southern California made a huge impact totaling 67 Points (47 Goals | 20 Assists). She added a .420 shot percentage with 30 steals and winning 19 sprints. Over her last five games she averaged 4.4 goals per game, which included a six goal mark against Occidental College.
Marchetti, who was in the running for SCIAC Newcomer of the Year led the Purple & Gold with 75 points (58 Goals | 17 assists). She had a stellar .552 shooting percentage with 18 drawn exclusions and 17 steals. On the season she totaled three or more goals on 11 occasions and added two or more assists four times. Her breakout game on the season came against Caltech where she posted a six goal, two assist effort. That week she was named one of the Swim Swam Players of the Week.
Gonzalez finds herself on an All-SCIAC team for the third consecutive year. In 2018 she landed on the 1st Team and in 2017 she was on the 2nd Team. This year she added 45 points (33 Goals | 12 assists). She had a .471 shot percentage, which was No. 2 on the team with 17 steals. Her big game on the season came against McKendree where she recorded four goals. She also added a three goal and two assist effort against Cal State Monterey Bay.
SCIAC Athlete of the Year – Natalie Hill (Pomona-Pitzer)
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Lexi Rond (Cal Lutheran University)
SCIAC Character Award – Alyssa Welfringer (Chapman University)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – Craig Rond (Cal Lutheran University)