LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego women's
water polo team has signed seven new players to National Letters of Intent,
head coach Brad Kreutzkamp announced on Monday.
incoming freshman and a pair of junior college transfers will join a 2011 Triton
squad that reached the NCAA Championships for the first time in school history
and won its first Western Water Polo Association title since 2000. UCSD
featured 10 new players in its 2009-10 incoming class, including regular
contributors Natalie Peng, Katherine Biehle, Sarah Lizotte and Melissa Bartow.
were looking to add to last year's big recruiting class by adding a couple of
scorers," said Kreutzkamp. "This year, we've found a class with a lot of
2011-12 class features true freshmen Rachel Brooks, Emily McPhee, Andie
Nishimi, Haley Kunert and Jolene Guiliana. Brittany Daniels and Lindsay
Holbrook of Orange Coast College will join the Tritons has junior college
comes to UCSD from Davis Senior High School, where she earned First Team
All-CIF Sacramento-San Joaquin Section and First Team All-Delta Valley League
during each of her four years. A starter all four years at Davis High, she led
the Blue Devils to CIF-SJS Section Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2010. She
participated in the Central California Olympic Development Program between
2007-09 and was also a member of the varsity track and field team in the discus
"I expect Rachel to step in immediately and be an
offensive force," said Kreutzkamp. "With our inside game pretty strong we
really needed some outside threats, and I am very confident that Rachel will be
able to fill that role for us."
McPhee hails from Moraga, Calif.'s Campolindo
High School. During her senior campaign, McPhee was named First Team All-NCS
Division II and Second Team All-East Bay. The MVP of Campolindo High's team,
she was selected to participate in the high school all-star game for the
Pacific Zone. In 2009, McPhee was a Second Team All-Diablo Valley Athletic League
and All East Bay-North Bay Second Team honoree.
"In our effort to recruit scorers, Emily was a
big target for us," said Kreutzkamp. "She has exceptional ball control and has the ability to attack and score consistently.
I expect Emily have a fantastic freshman year here at UCSD."
Nishimi also hails for Campolindo High School,
where she co-captained the Cougars, along with McPhee. A Third Team All-NCA
selection and two-time Honorable Mention All-DFAL honoree, she also
participated in the Pacific Zone all-star game.
"Andie will bring a much needed energy to our
counter attack and enthusiasm to our squad,"
said Kreutzkamp. "I think her quickness will translate perfectly to our style
of play and we have high expectations that she will contribute to our team
success for a long time to come."
Kunert will come to La Jolla from Costa Mesa,
Calif., where she attended Edison High School. She earned All-CIF Southern
Section Fifth Team honors as a senior. As a junior, she was named a USA Water
Polo Academic All-American and earned Second Team All-Sunset League honors. She
also earned the team's Defensive Player of the Year Award and Coaches' Award
during her time at Edison.
"We are very excited to get a player like Haley
who has played her career in the heart of Orange County for so long," said
Kreutzkamp. "As a two-meter guard she has gone up against some of the best
centers in the country. And being recognized as an all CIF player for her
accomplishments just reinforces what we hope she can do for us as a prime time
Orange County's leading scorer and an All-CIF
Southern Section Fifth Team selection, Guiliana will head to UCSD for her
freshman year out of Irvine's Beckman High School. A two-time First Team
All-Pacific Coast Leage honoree, she was named an ESPNLosangles.com Athlete of the
Week and Orange County Varsity Player of the Week on January 17.
"Jolene has a talent
and niche of scoring goals," said Kreutzkamp. "We are enthused to have an
incoming player with a nose for the cage.
We are confident that she will be able to make the transition to the collegiate level of water polo here at UCSD."
Daniels was a
two-time All-SoCal Team (All-American) selection and a two-time All-Orange
Empire Conference Team honoree at Orange Coast College. She also earned Team
Defensive MVP during her two seasons at OCC and was a member of the 2010 CCCAA
Women's Swimming State Championship squad. A stalwart in the classroom, Daniels
took home the 2010 California Community College Commission on Athletics Team
"Brittney already comes to us with a ton of
playing experience and I expect her to help us tremendously on the defensive
side of the ball," said Kreutzkamp. "Not only is she a great defender but she
is very comfortable in front of the cage as well. We are lucky to have her."
Holbrook also earned First Team All-American
honors and All-Orange Empire Conference First Team honors while at OCC in 2010.
She was named the Pirates' Most Valuable Player in 2010.
"As one of our
transfers this year, we are ecstatic that
Lindsay will be joining the squad next year
UCSD," said Kreutzkamp. "She also has a great set
of physical tools that will bring out team to a new level of competiveness.
As Orange Coast College's MVP she already has the experience of being relied
upon which will transition perfectly for her role here."