June 18, 2009

Jillian Stapf, Jessica Coy, Sydney Sonoda Named Water Polo All-Americans

June 18, 2009

Northridge, Calif. - Jillian Stapf, Jessica Coy and Sydney Sonoda, who each contributed to the success of a 20-win season for the nationally-ranked Cal State Northridge water polo team have earned All-American honors by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches.

Stapf gained third-team All-American honors while Coy and Sonoda earned Honorable Mention status.

Stapf becomes the first Matador water polo student-athlete to earn first, second or third All-American status other than Honorable Mention honors.

Stapf, a junior in 2009, enjoyed one of the finest seasons in Matador water polo history. Stapf, a goalkeeper from Hudsonville, Michigan, collected a single season school record 387 saves (11.61 spg, #1 in the Big West Conference) which broke her previous best of 348 saves set two years ago as a freshman (2007). In 22 of the team's 36 games, Stapf had ten or more saves including 20 against UC Davis (3/29/09), 19 in the season opener against San Jose State (1/24/09), 17 against Michigan (2/7/09) and 16 against Arizona State (1/24/09).

Stapf, who gained first team All-Big West Conference honors, was voted CSUN's Most Valuable Defensive Player. Considered one of the best goalkeepers in the country, Stapf now has a school record 1,013 career saves in three seasons.

"I think it's safe to say Jillian was the backbone of our success this year," said head coach Molly Barnes. "Although she had a terrific team defense in front of her, she was simply outstanding in the cage. In fact, she was the main reason the team was ranked #1 in team defense in the Big West Conference."

Coy, a senior, is considered one of the best players in school history. In gaining Honorable Mention All-American honors, Coy led the Matadors in scoring (55 goals, #4 in the Big West Conference) and was among the top three players in the league in assists (47). Her goal totals included a career-high four in games against Princeton (3/13/09) and Indiana (3/16/09).

For her efforts this year, Coy was also named second team All-Big West Conference and CSUN's Most Valuable Offensive Player.

Coy ended her four-year Matador career with a school record 221 assists, and 160 goals, third-best in school history.

"Jessica's impact and influence on this program has been immeasurable," said Barnes. "When I think of her contributions, it goes beyond statistics. Jessica has been one of the hardest working, most competitive players this program has ever had. Jessica was a quiet leader in her first year at Cal State Northridge, leading by example and with her work ethic. This year, Jessica took the helm and became a vocal team captain."

Sonoda, a sophomore, in addition to her Honorable Mention All-American honor, gained second team All-League honors in 2009. Sonoda was also given the CSUN Coaches "Work Ethic" Award. Sonoda was third on the Matadors in goals scored with 37. Her scoring efforts included a career-high four goals in games against al Lutheran (3/7/09) and against Cal State Monterey Bay (3/8/09).

Sonoda set a school record with 74 exclusions drawn.

The Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches 2009 Women's All-American Teams
Coach of the Year - Adam Krikorian (UCLA)
Player of the Year - Tanya Gandy (UCLA)

First Team All-American
Tumua Anae - USC
Kami Craig - USC
Tanya Gandy - UCLA
Kelly Mason - Hawaii
Lauren Silver - Stanford
Jessica Steffens - Stanford
Michelle Stein - USC

Second Team All-American
Anne Belden - UCLA
Brittany Fullen - UCLA
Anna Gonzales - San Diego State
Nicole Hughes - Loyola Marymount
Addison McGrath - Arizona State
Juliet Moss - San Jose State
Katie Rulon - UCLA

Third Team All-American
Jillian Stapf - Cal State Northridge
Meghan Corso - California
Camille Hewko - California
Amanda Ortiz - Cal State Bakersfield
Leah Robertson - Michigan
Melissa Seidemann - Stanford
Leonie Van der Molen - Hawaii

Honorable Mention
Jessica Coy - Cal State Northridge
Sydney Sonoda - Cal State Northridge
Joelle Bekhazi - USC
Yulia Blinovskaya - Fresno Pacific
Kelly Campoli - San Diego State
Emily Csikos - California
Dani Curran - San Jose State
Forel Davies - USC
Kristen Dronberger - USC
Kelly Eaton - Stanford
Casey Flacks - Loyola Marymount
Dagmar Genee - Hawaii
Erinn Greenwood - San Diego State
Elizabeth Hopkins - Maryland
Kirsten Hudson - Hartwick
Lindsay Kiyama - UC Davis
Stephanie Laing - Brown
Amy Lamb - Santa Clara
Alison Mantel - Michigan
Katelin McCahill - Marist
Jessica McKee - Hartwick
Dakotah Mohr - UC Davis
Gillian Morgan - UC Santa Barbara
Aubrey Rowe - Bucknell
Valentina Rozas - Bucknell
Stephanie Schnugg - California
Jenna Schuster - San Diego State
Anne Scott - Loyola Marymount
Lynlee Smith - Arizona State
Blaise Stanicic - Maryland
Priscilla Orozco - UCLA
Stephanie Peckham - California
Diana Romero - Loyola Marymount
Tanya Torres - San Jose State

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