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Three water polo players earn WWPA honors

The selection was Berry's third, while Young and Barott were honored for the first time in their careers.

April 24, 2012

By Nic Hallisey
Athletic Media Relations

For the second consecutive season, the Colorado State women’s water polo team garnered three all-conference honors. The three selections ties a program record, established last year.

Kallie Berry, Caroline Young and Kelcy Barott were honored by the Western Water Polo Association on Tuesday. For Young and Barott, it was their first conference selection, while Berry has been named to two previous teams (2009 all-freshman team, 2010 second team).

Berry, a senior defender, leads  the Rams with 56 steals, in addition to 43 goals (second), 29 assists (third) and 29 ejections drawn (second). Her 56 steals rank fourth in the NCAA, and she sits in the top 20 for each offensive statistical category. Berry, a native of Long Beach, Calif., will finish her career in the coming weeks as one of the most successful Rams in program history. Entering this weekend’s conference tournament, she ranks third in career goals (160), assists (83), ejections drawn (103) and total points (243), in addition to fourth in steals (171) and second in blocks (34).

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” Berry said, “though most of the credit has to go to the team and Coach Moody. They have kicked my butt every single day to make me the player I’ve become over these past four years.”

Young, a junior utility player from Lighthouse Point, Fla., is CSU’s leader in goals (53) and assists (38), ranking eighth and third in the nation, respectively. Her assists and blocks (19) totals this year have shattered single-season program records.

“It’s most certainly an honor to be recognized as one of the top water polo athletes in our conference,” Young said. “With more of our athletes being selected each year, I think it really shows how far the CSU program has progressed. I couldn’t have achieved recognition without my teammates. As a whole, I think we’ve proven we can compete with some of the toughest teams in the country.”

For the second consecutive year, a freshman has been named to the all-freshman team. Lauren Porteus was selected in 2011. Barott, who is on this year’s squad, has 14 goals, 16 steals and 25 ejections drawn, third on the team. She is a center from Ypsilanti, Mich.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Barott said. “It’s very humbling, and I’m very appreciative and grateful to say the least.”

Eighth-seeded CSU will open the 2012 WWPA Women’s Championships Friday against Cal State San Bernardino, the No. 9 seed. The game will be played at 1 p.m. MT at UC San Diego’s Canyonview Aquatic Center. A win would pit the Rams against top-seeded LMU at 7 p.m. Friday.

Quotes from coach Mike Moody:
Moody on Barott:
“I’m really excited that we have had a player on the all-freshman team two years in a row. Kelcy Barott did a great job during the second half of the season. She got a lot of playing time due to injuries, and she really stepped up and adapted well to a starting position. I’m really excited about her future here at CSU.”

Moody on Berry:
“This is a great honor for Kallie, and it says something about her that this is her third selection during her career. Kallie is irreplaceable, and we’ll realize that next year without her. She fills up the stats, but her leadership qualities separate her from others. She’s a great person and a great athlete. It’s a real joy to watch her play the game.”

Moody on Young:
“Caroline did a phenomenal job all season. She did everything we needed of her. She was really the jack of all trades. She did a great job of putting her team on her shoulders at times. She’s so physically tough, and I’m excited to see her get recognized by the league in this way.”

First-Team WWPA All-Conference
Jessica Browning (2MO, Jr.) – Cal State Bakersfield
Casey Flacks (DR, Sr.) – LMU
Alexandra Honny (DR, So.) – LMU
Sarah Lizotte (UTL, So.) – UC San Diego
Claire Pierce (UT, Jr.) – Cal State East Bay
Elise Ponce (GK, Sr.) – LMU
Nikki Smart (A, SR)- Cal State Monterey Bay

Second-Team WWPA All-Conference

Kirsten Bates (CTR, Sr.) – UC San Diego
Kimberly Benedetti (2M, Sr.) – LMU
Kallie Berry (DEF, Sr.) – Colorado State

Laura Espinosa (2M, Sr.) – Santa Clara
Ariel Lockshaw (GK, Jr.) – Sonoma State
Sam Shead (2MD, Jr.) – Cal State Bakersfield
Misty Vu (UTL, Jr.) – Cal State San Bernardino

Honorable Mention WWPA All-Conference

Marina Allen (DR, Sr.) – Santa Clara
Erica Crain (UT, Sr.) – Cal State East Bay
Taylor Hanson (UTL, So.) – Cal State Bakersfield
Laura Kunz (UTL, Jr.) – Sonoma State
Erin Manke (DR, Jr.) – LMU
Shannon McKenzie (DR, Jr.) – Cal State Bakersfield
Jayme Pekarske (GK) – Cal State East Bay
Caroline Young (UTL, Jr.) – Colorado State

WWPA All-Freshman Team

Ashleigh Bandimere – Santa Clara
Kelcy Barott (CTR) – Colorado State

Alex Bayer (GK) – Cal State Bakersfield
Mackenzie Beck (UTL) – LMU
Rachel Brooks (UTL) – UC San Diego
Brittny Hummel (UTL) – Sonoma State
Laura Lopez (DR) – LMU
Janelle Shelby (2MO) – Cal State Bakersfield

Player of the Year: Casey Flacks (DR, Sr.) – LMU
Co-Newcomers of the Year:
Ariel Lockshaw (GK, Jr.) – Sonoma State & Ashleigh Bandimere – Santa Clara



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