Women's Water Polo

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    Sofia Konoukh
    Sofia Konoukh

    Hometown:
    Chelyabinsk, Russia

    High School:
    State #109

    Height:
    6-0

    Position:
    Utility

    Birthdate:
    03/09/1980

    The second leading scorer in USC history, Sofia Konoukh played three seasons at USC after making her Olympic debut and winning a bronze medal in 2000 with Russia. She would go on to appear in every Olympics thereafter, making her a four-time Olympian with this year's trip to the 2012 London Games. Konoukh earned back-to-back MPSF Player of the Year honors in her first two years at USC and finished as a three-time first team All-American.

    2003: Konoukh was USC's second leading scorer in her final season, finishing with 50 goals on the year to stand as USC's second all-time scorer with 224 career goals... Named to All-America First Team and All-MPSF First Team.

    COACH VAVIC SAYS: "Sofia is one of the best players in the world. She is amazing in terms of her ability to play any position. She is a player that can dominate a game. Sofia is one of the best athletes that I have had the opportunity to coach."

    2002: Konoukh earned first team All-America honors after leading the team with 70 goals and was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Year...was the team's leading scorer in 12 matches...scored a team-high five goals on March 15 in a 15-3 win at Hawaii...scored four goals in the third-place match at the MPSF Championships against Long Beach State.

    2001: Earned first team All-America honors after leading the team with a school-record 103 goals...named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Player of the Year and earned All-MPSF first team honors...leading scorer in 15 matches...recorded seven goals twice (Apr. 15 vs. Long Beach State and April 14 vs. UC Irvine)...registered six goals on March 16 in a 18-4 win against Cal Baptist.

    OLYMPICS: Won a bronze medal with Russia in the 2000 Olympics at Sydney, Australia...registered the game-tying goal with 2:19 left in the bronze-medal game against The Netherlands in Russia's 4-3 victory...scored four goals against The Netherlands in a match that put Russia into the medal round.

    PERSONAL: Majoring in social sciences...enjoys skiing in her spare time...chose USC for a new experience in water polo and education...birthdate is March 9, 1980.