June 17, 2009
BREA, Calif. - Senior Tanya Gandy has earned NCAA Division I Player of the Year honors and first-team All-America accolades, and Adam Krikorian has been named NCAA Division I Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time overall, the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) announced Wednesday.
Gandy, currently competing for the U.S. Women's National Team, broke UCLA's single-season record with 79 goals in 2009. She earned second-team All-America honors in 2008, before being named a first-team All-MPSF selection this spring. Gandy finished her UCLA career having scored 187 goals in 123 matches.
Fullen earned second-team All-America honors for the second consecutive season. The goalkeeper from San Clemente, Calif., registered a 6.37 goals against average in 27 matches this spring, collecting 225 saves in just over 104 quarters. Fullen also secured second-team All-MPSF honors for the second straight year in 2009.
Rulon captured second-team All-America accolades after having been named a third-team selection in 2008. The attacker from Point Loma, Calif., scored 60 goals, the second-highest total on the team this spring. Rulon logged 201 career goals in 123 matches over four seasons. She was named a second-team All-MPSF selection at the end of the regular season.
Belden gained All-America recognition for the first time in her career. An attacker hailing from Newport Beach, Calif., Belden scored 48 goals, the third-highest total on the team in 2009. She finished her UCLA career having collected 126 goals in 127 matches. Belden was also named a second-team All-MPSF selection in 2009.
Orozco earned honorable mention All-America accolades for the first time. The sophomore attacker from Commerce, Calif., finished fourth on the team with 42 goals in all 31 matches. Orozco scored one of UCLA's five goals in the 5-4 victory over USC in the 2009 NCAA Championship match.
Krikorian helped lead UCLA to its fifth consecutive NCAA Championship in May 2009, before being named the Division I Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his 11-year career at the helm of the women's program. Krikorian was also named Coach of the Year in 2001 and from 2005-09. He is currently serving as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and will no longer coach the UCLA women's water polo team. Krikorian remains on the men's staff as Associate Head Coach.