Dec. 21, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Five members of the UCLA men's water polo team, which finished second in the nation in the 2001 season, have been given recognition by the American Water Polo Coaches' Association, which announced the All-America teams Friday.
Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) earned the highest honor in collegiate water polo by being chosen first-team All-American. In his lone season as a starter, Tucay finished second on the team with 30 goals and also was a first-team All-NCAA Tournament choice. As the focal point of the offense he earned 38 opponent ejections, almost three times as many as any other UCLA player. Tucay also led the team in shooting percentage and was widely regarded as the Bruins' most improved player.
Goalkeeper Brandon Brooks (Jr., Honolulu, HI/Punahou) was selected a second-team All-American. In 2001, Brooks compiled a 5.96 goals-against average with over nine saves per match. He also led the team with 53 steals and started 20 matches in the UCLA cage. Brooks was a first-team All-American last year and holds a 44-13 all-time record as the Bruins' starting goalkeeper.
Freshman driver Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) also earned second-team All-American honors for being UCLA's leading scorer. Ormsby totaled 43 goals, including three or more goals in eight matches. He also became the first Bruin to ever win two Mikasa/MPSF Player of the Week Awards in the same season. Ormsby was UCLA's clutch performer by scoring a team-best seven game-winning goals, all in matches decided by two goals or less.
Matt Flesher (Jr., Diamond Bar/Brea Olinda), UCLA's best two-way athlete, was named a third-team All-American. Flesher finished third or better on the club in goals (24), steals (24), and assists (23). A 2000 honorable mention All-American, is regarded as a gritty, tough defender with an above-average outside shot.
Senior driver Jeff Pflueger (Santa Ana/Foothill) rounds out the list as an honorable-mention All-American. Pfleuger scored 17 goals and finished second on the club with 28 steals. This is Pflueger's first national honor at the collegiate level.
Stanford, which finished 22-1 and won the NCAA championship in its home pool, swept the top honors and placed three athletes on the first team. Freshman Tony Azevado walked away with Player of the Year honors, while Dante Dettamenti was chosen Coach of the Year in his final season.
All-America First Team
Tony Azevado, Stanford
Spencer Dornin, California
Nick Ellis, Stanford (GK)
Peter Hudnut, Stanford
Greg Lonzo, Pepperdine
Chris Segesman, Long Beach St.
Alfonso Tucay, UCLA
All-America Third Team Greg Trayer, UMass
Jonathan Samuels, UCSD
Matt Flesher, UCLA
Jeff Nesmith, Stanford
John Dorfi, UCI
Michael Soltis, Pepperdine (GK)
Nic Hepner, Pacific