Skyler Munatones Named WWPA Player of the Week
OAKLAND, Calif. —University of California San Diego men’s water polo junior Skyler Munatones has been named Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Wednesday.
It’s the first-career honor for Munatones and the second this season for the Tritons. Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt also earned the accolade on Sept. 3.
Munatones recorded a total of three goals and seven assists in two WWPA road victories last week, lifting UC San Diego to a share of the WWPA regular-season championship.
The Huntington Beach native tallied three goals, two assists and a steal in a win over No. 14 Santa Clara on Nov. 1, before matching a career high with five assists in a pivotal road victory against previously No. 9-ranked UC Davis on Nov. 3.
This season, Munatones ranks second on the team with 65 points, including 34 goals and a team-high 31 assists.
No. 9 UC San Diego earned the No. 1-seed in the WWPA Championships, beginning Nov. 16 in Fresno, Calif. The Tritons will face host and No. 8-seeded Fresno Pacific beginning at 9:30 a.m.
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