July 29, 2010
BREA, Calif. - Juniors Priscilla Orozco and Grace Reynolds of the UCLA women's water polo team have secured ACWPC All-America honors, as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches on Thursday.
Orozco was one of seven players in the nation to earn first-team honors, while Reynolds was one of seven standouts named a second-team selection. Orozco and Reynolds each secured All-America acclaim for the first time in their careers. Orozco was named an honorable mention in 2009.
Orozco finished second on UCLA's team with 40 goals before securing first-team All-MPSF honors for the first time in her career. She collected a team-leading 27 steals and 11 assists, scoring at least one goal in 20 matches, including a career-high four goals in four matches.
Reynolds led the Bruins with 43 goals on 90 attempts, scoring at a 47.8 percent clip. A two-year standout at California (2007-08), Reynolds earned second-team All-MPSF honors for the Bruins in 2010, totaling a team-high 61 earned exclusions in addition to 14 steals and six blocks. Reynolds scored in 23 matches, pouring in a season-high four goals in two contests.
Easterday scored 23 goals, starting all 30 matches as a junior in 2010. She recorded 27 earned exclusions, 12 steals, nine assists and seven blocks before capturing honorable mention All-MPSF accolades. Easterday earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors and was named an ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" selection for the third consecutive season.
Clark scored 31 goals, playing in all 30 matches during her sophomore campaign. The native of Atherton, Calif., finished the year with 22 steals, 19 earned exclusions, 12 blocks and 10 assists before capturing honorable mention All-MPSF Team accolades. Clark was named an ACWPC All-Academic "excellent" selection in addition to gaining MPSF All-Academic Team acclaim.
Dement established UCLA's new single-season saves mark, registering 264 stops in 29 matches (28 starts). The resident of Chino, Calif., logged a 6.21 goals against average in 956 minutes, 30 seconds. Dement earned second-team All-MPSF honors and posted a career-high 22 saves in an 8-3 win over UC Davis on Feb. 21.
UCLA's women's water polo program will return 11 seniors and seven juniors in 2011, under the guidance of second-year head coach Brandon Brooks.