Men's Water Polo Inks Five New Trojans For 2015|
Feb. 6, 2015
USC head coach Jovan Vavic is pleased to announce the signings of five new Trojans to national letters of intent this week. The USC men's water polo team will officially welcome Zachary D'Sa, Nick Lavayen, Sam Slobodien, Nick Silvers and Connor Talleur as freshman additions for 2015.
Nick Lavayen, Nick Silvers and Connor Talleur all hail from Mater Dei High, with plenty of winning experience already gleaned in the high school ranks. Lavayen and Silvers, too, both stand out as the third sibling from their respective families to play water polo at USC. Stephanie and Alex Lavayen were both on USC teams under Vavic, while Chelsea Silvers was at USC for two women's national championships and Andrew Silvers is currently on the USC men's team. That familiarity with the USC system should serve them well, and Vavic is looking forward to the overall experience of this group of signees, which is just further bolstered by Zachary D'Sa and Sam Slobodien.
"Both Nick Lavayen and Nick Silvers come from great great and supportive water polo families. I'm very excited that their third children also chose USC," Vavic said. "Overall, this entire class give us extra intelligence and more water polo knowledge. It gives us depth."
D'Sa comes to Troy from Wilson High in Long Beach, where he was a first-team All-CIF honoree and a member of Wilson's CIF championship team as a sophomore.
"Zach is fast and a good outside shooter," Vavic said of D'Sa. "He's an all-around intelligent player who is a good passer. He's not selfish, and he's a good defender."
Lavayen -- along with Silvers and Talleur -- won two CIF championships at Mater Dei. The utility player also picked up honors as a first-team All-American and All-CIF selection, and was an all-league honoree.
"Lavayen is a smart kid, a gamer," Vavic said. "He's a kid that can do more than one thing. He's smart, tough, energetic and all-around a great competitor."
Silvers has a similar honor roll to Lavayen, also drumming up accolades as a first-team All-American and All-CIF pick during his tenure as a utility player Mater Dei. He also boasts all-league and all-country honors.
"Silvers can play a little bit of everything," Vavic said." He's a good outside shooter, and he's good under pressure."
Their teammate Talleur brings another dose of championship experience to the pool. Able to fit in at the two-meter position offensively and defensively, Talleur will be called upon to help strengthen the center position as a Trojan.
"Connor is a really tough warrior," Vavic said of Talleur. "He is physical and he works hard. He's the type of player that does well in our system."
When it comes to size and strength, Slobodien fits the bill. Looming somewhere between 6-3 and 6-4, Slobodien was a second-team All-American and an All-CIF team pick out of Santa Margarita High. He, too, has grabbed all-league and all-country awards.
"Slobodien is big, and he's a very good outside shooter," Vavic said. "He's ready physically to play. He's very strong and has good speed. I think the college level will be good for him. He could be an impact player for us."
All told, the class of five fresh signees gives Vavic and the Trojans a solid boost for the season to come.
"I'm very excited about this class," Vavic said. "All of these guys can compete for playing time immediately."