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Four UCLA Men's Water Polo Players Earn All-Academic Honors
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/08/2008

Jan. 8, 2008

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WOODLAND, Calif. - Senior Matthew Jacobs, junior Krsto Sbutega, sophomore Tyler Jemmett and freshman Jacob Murphy have been named Academic All-MPSF scholar-athletes, as announced Tuesday by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).

Jacobs and Sbutega earned Academic All-MPSF recognition for the second time in as many years. Jemmett and Murphy were honored for the first time in their young careers. To qualify for the selection, student-athletes must carry above a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be at least a sophomore academically, and participate in 50 percent or more of the team's season competition.

Jacobs finished the 2007 campaign as the Bruins' sixth-leading scorer, totaling 22 goals in all 28 matches. An attacker from Santa Cruz, Calif., Jacobs scored in 18 contests and posted a season-high three goals in UCLA's 15-10 win over Pacific in the SoCal Tournament (Oct. 13).

Sbutega, a product of Kotor, Montenegro, ended the season as UCLA's second-leading scorer, recording 35 goals in 23 matches. Sbutega has also earned All-MPSF honors each of the last two seasons - second-team selection in 2007, first-team honoree in 2006. Sbutega scored a team-high nine goals in three MPSF Tournament matches and posted three four-goal efforts this season.

Jemmett registered 20 goals in all 28 matches, finishing the year as UCLA's seventh-leading scorer. The San Diego, Calif., resident scored in 16 contests and tallied four two-goal games - versus Stanford, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego and UC Santa Barbara.

Murphy logged nine goals in 17 matches as a redshirt freshman. The Corona del Mar, Calif., native had a breakout game midway through the season against Brown (Oct. 6) and also chipped in two goals in a crucial MPSF victory at Long Beach State (Nov. 18).


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