Matador Water Polo Inks Two

Matador Water Polo Inks Two
Northridge, Calif. -- Head coach Molly Barnes and the women's water polo team at Cal State Northridge can include Torrey Kylander and Heidi Pettinger in their plans for 2009. The pair, currently seniors in high school, made their plans official by signing national letters of intent to compete for the Matadors.

Kylander is a 5-6 attacker from Murrieta Valley High School in Murrieta, and she will join a corps of attackers that will not graduate one senior in 2008. As a junior, Kylander was a first-team All-CIF selection and first-team all-league selection. She and Matador freshman Sydney Sonoda teamed up to lead the Nighthawks to a CIF Championship.

One of the drivers that Kylander will be joining at CSUN will be her older sister, Kirra, a sophomore in 2008.

"Torrey," comments head coach Molly Barnes, "is a true attacker with great placement on her shot. She has a good feel for the game and brings with her championship experience from Murrieta Valley High School. Torrey and Kirra will be the first sister tandem that CSUN Water Polo has ever had and we're thrilled to have another Kylander in the program."

A 5-8 two-meter defender, Heidi Pettinger is prepping at Ayala HS where she has been a two-time All-CIF and three-time All-Sierra League selection. Pettinger logged 39 goals and 21 steals as a junior, adding to impressive sophomore totals of 54 goals and 24 steals. Pettinger teamed with current Matador Chelsea Curran to lead the Bulldogs to a CIF championship in 2006.

"Heidi is a true 2-meter defender whose style of play fits our system," says Barnes. "She has solid legs, is aggressive and comes from great club and high school programs. With the departure of our two primary defenders, Heidi will have an immediate impact next year."

Barnes will welcome the tandem soon after the departure of Allison Brookes and Dayna van Gorder, but is excited for the duo's prospects with the program.

"We're excited that both Heidi and Torrey will be joining our program next year. Both are great kids that will fit in perfectly with our current team."

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