May 11, 2010
WOODLAND, Calif. - Three players from the No. 1-ranked UCLA women's water polo team have earned All-MPSF honors, as announced by the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Junior attacker Priscilla Orozco leads the group as the Bruins' lone first-team All-MPSF selection.
Junior center Grace Reynolds and sophomore goalkeeper Caitilin Dement have secured second-team All-MPSF honors. Junior utility player Kelly Easterday and sophomore utility player KK Clark were named honorable mention all-conference selections. Defender Emily Greenwood was tabbed an All-MPSF Freshman Team selection.
Heading into this weekend's three-day NCAA Tournament at San Diego State, Orozco ranks second for UCLA with 35 goals scored. The resident of Commerce, Calif., has earned her first selection to the All-MPSF Team. Orozco netted All-MPSF Freshman Team honors in 2008.
Reynolds, a junior who transferred to UCLA after playing two seasons at California, has led the Bruins with 37 goals in 24 matches. The native of Santa Ana, Calif., was named a second-team All-MPSF selection as a sophomore in 2008.
Dement has posted a 6.34 goals against average in 26 matches, collecting a school single-season record 240 saves. Dement's single-season saves total has eclipsed Brittany Fullen's 237 saves from 2008 (Fullen also logged 225 stops in 2009). The sophomore from Chino, Calif., tallied a career-high 22 saves in UCLA's 8-3 win over UC Davis on Feb. 21, before accumulating 31 saves in three matches at the MPSF Tournament two weeks ago.
Easterday and Clark are currently tied for the third-highest goal total (23) on UCLA's team. Easterday, a native of Santa Barbara, Calif., has scored in each of the Bruins' last five games and tallied a career-high four goals against Hawai'i on March 6. Clark has scored in 14 matches and had two goals in UCLA' 8-7 win over USC in the MPSF Tournament's Championship match.
Greenwood has scored 16 goals in her rookie campaign. The resident of Sanger, Calif. (Buchanan HS) has registered at least one goal in 14 matches and netted a three-goal effort in UCLA's 13-6 win over Arizona State in an MPSF match at Spieker Aquatics Center on March 13.
UCLA, currently tied with USC for the nation's No. 1 ranking, enters the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed. The Bruins will play No. 6-seed Loyola Marymount on Friday, May 14 at 2:15 p.m.