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#5 Ryder Roberts
Position: Attacker
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 170
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Vista, Calif.
High School: Vista HS
Experience: High School
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Team USA
Played in all eight games (103 minutes) for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17) … he scored six goals on 16 shots, converting at a 37.5 percent rate … also registered four assists, two field blocks and one steal as the United States captured fifth place at the World University Games … he also helped the USA to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 FINA Men’s Junior World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary (Aug. 12-18) … the Americans went 5-2 at the Junior Worlds … he played in six of the seven games and tallied 11 goals (including four games with multiple goals) and one field block.

High School
Four-year varsity water polo letterwinner (2009-12) for head coach Dave Spence … also a four-year letterwinner in swimming (2010-13) for Coach Spence … was a three-time first team All-CIF performer (2010-12) … also a three-time first team All-Avocado League selection (2010-12) … named the CIF SDS (San Diego Section) D-I MVP in 2012 … also named Vista HS MVP in 2010 and 2012 and was a Co-MVP in 2011 … was the San Diego County Player of the Year in 2012 after leading the Panthers to a 25-5 record and a CIF SDS D-I title … scored three goals in a 9-8 win over Carlsbad in the state finals … first team California/Hawaii All-American in 2012 … also the coaches pick for the CIF Player of the Year in all divisions in 2011 after leading VHS to the CIF SDS D-I championship (scored the game-winning goal in a 6-5 double overtime win over Carlsbad) … Vista lost 10-9 to Carlsbad in the 2010 CIF SDS D-I finals … VHS finished as Avocado League Champions in his sophomore (2010) and junior (2011) seasons … served as team captain in 2011 and 2012 and he was named Vista High School’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 … set Vista HS career records in goals (391) and steals (335) … also set a VHS single-season mark for goals with 143 as a senior in 2012 … in swimming, he was the CIF SDS D-I champion in the 50 Freestyle in 2013 … he also won a CIF SDS D-I title in 2010 as part of the 50 Freestyle Relay … a talented athlete, he competed in football, basketball, baseball and wrestling before a knee injury lured him into the water … was a World Body Surfing Champion in 2010 and was on the Little League state championship team in 2006.

International/Club
Competed with the North San Diego Stars Water Polo Club and the Del Mar Water Polo Club … USA Men’s Junior National Team, MJNT (2013, 2012) … in 2011, he became the first-ever North San Diego Stars athlete to make a U.S. National team when he was named to the USA Men’s Youth National Team, MYNT (2012, 2011) … named the U-16 MVP of the IRONMAN League in 2011 … finished as the leading scorer in the 2013 IRONMAN League … led Team USA in scoring with 14 goals in seven games as the USA MYNT finished 8th at the 2012 FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia.

Personal
Full name: Ryder James Roberts … born Nov. 8, 1994 in Encinitas, Calif. … his parents are James and Rebecca Roberts … has one older brother, Wyatt, and one younger brother, Brody … his grandfather is legendary surfer, LJ Richards, who won the West Coast Surfing Championship in 1963 … says his biggest thrill so far in his athletic career is, “winning the CIF Championship twice” … lists surfing, snowboarding and fishing as his hobbies … has yet to declare a major.

 

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