Program-Record Eight Women of Troy Earn All-MPSF Accolades|
April 28, 2015
The USC women's water polo team, which recently secured its 12th consecutive NCAA appearance, has landed a record group of eight Women of Troy on the honor roll for All-MPSF accolades this year. Senior Monica Vavic has made even more history for herself, as the program's all-time leading scorer is now the only Trojan to be named to the All-MPSF First Team four times. Fellow senior Eike Daube stands tall on the All-MPSF Second Team alongside sophomores Ioanna Haralabidis and Stephania Haralabidis, and freshman goalie Victória Chamorro has earned All-MPSF Honorable Mention. Chamorro doubles up on honors, too, with a spot on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team, where she is joined by freshman Brianna Daboub and transfers Melissa Bergesen and Brigitta Games. USC's eight honorees marks a new record for the program, beating out the previous best of seven Trojans selected for All-MPSF awards last year.
Senior Monica Vavic, who was recently named to the MPSF All-Tournament Team for the third time in her Trojan career, has gone one better with her fourth pick to the All-MPSF First Team. This season alone, she's produced a whopping 94 goals to lead the conference in scoring. About 30 goals ago, Vavic took over as USC's all-time top scorer. Now with 285 career goals, she's just two goals away from the MPSF career scoring record. Vavic's scoring ability is clearly well documented, but the senior has also proven savvy on defense as well as in the realm of assists. She's adept at nabbing steals and setting up her teammates, while also making sure to get to the back of the net in every game this year. Vavic was the MPSF Player of the Year last season and has three First Team All-American picks to her name as she enters her final NCAA tournament.
USC's 2015 All-MPSF Second Team selections fall right in line behind Vavic on the scoring front this season. Stephania Haralabidis has punched in 60 goals; Ioanna Haralabidis has scored 48; and Eike Daube has knocked in 39 to date. For senior Daube, this is her second All-MPSF selection, having grabbed All-MPSF Honorable Mention to go along with her All-American Honorable Mention last year. She's since climbed the career scoring ladder herself, cracking the top-20 as she now holds 117 career goals on her way into her final three games as a Trojan looking to add to another NCAA championship to her resume. Daube and Vavic were sophomores on USC's 2013 national championship team. Sophomore Stephania Haralabidis has scored in 23 games this year as she has run her career count up to 118 goals to rank No. 18 all-time in under two seasons of work as a Trojan. She was named to the MPSF All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and earned All-American Honorable Mention. Sophomore Ioanna Haralabidis is USC's third leading scorer this season and now has her first career award as an All-MPSF honoree.
With a spot on the All-MPSF Honorable Mention list, Victória Chamorro is just the second USC goalie ever to earn MPSF honors as a freshman. In 2006, Whitney Morgan, too, was an All-MPSF Honorable Mention recipient and had a place on the MPSF All-Freshman Team that year. Chamorro has certainly impressed in her first season as a Trojan. Her 178 saves to date is the 10th most in a single season by a Trojan goalie. On her way into next week's NCAA Tournament, Chamorro is averaging 7.3 saves per game and just 4.9 goals-against per game. She's recorded five games with at least 10 saves, and topped out with a 15-save game earlier this season. She also posted three 5-meter penalty saves in one game this season.
Chamorro's breakout freshman season has also landed her on the All-MPSF Newcomer Team, where she shares space with three other USC newcomers. Fellow freshman Brianna Daboub has proven herself an impact player as well, having served up 23 goals so far, scoring in 16 different games for the Trojans. Junior transfer Melissa Bergesen also solidified her place on the honor roll, standing as USC's fifth leading scorer. Bergesen has struck in 18 games, totaling 37 goals to date. Another transfer, sophomore Brigitta Games, has also stood tall in her first season as a Trojan. The powerful two-meter player has whipped in 22 goals so far.
The group of eight All-MPSF honorees are now setting up for their NCAA journey. The Women of Troy head to Palo Alto next week in search of the program's fifth national championship. USC opens up against Hawai'i in a 1:45 p.m. first-round game on May 8, with semifinals set for May 9 and the placement games on May 10 -- all at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center.
All-MPSF First Team
All-MPSF Honorable Mention