Jan. 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Seniors Ben Hohl and Jacob Murphy, juniors Cullen Hennessy and Matt Preciado and freshman Chris Wendt of the UCLA men's water polo team have secured MPSF All-Academic Scholar-Athlete honors, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.
Murphy earned MPSF All-Academic Team honors each of his four seasons in Westwood. Hohl and Hennessy have secured their third selections (Hohl was not eligible for the award in 2007, as true freshmen cannot earn MPSF All-Academic honors). Preciado and Wendt have made their first appearances on the conference's All-Academic Team.
Hohl, a senior attacker from Atherton, Calif., led the Bruins with 42 goals in 2010. He also tallied 12 assists, five steals and four blocks and secured second-team All-MPSF acclaim. Hohl, on track to graduate in 2011 as a business economics major, concluded his four-year water polo career with 142 goals for UCLA.
Murphy, a redshirt senior center from Corona del Mar, Calif., tallied 25 goals and a team-leading 39 earned exclusions in 2010. He graduated from UCLA following the 2010 fall quarter with a major in history. Murphy captured first-team All-MPSF acclaim at the end of the 2010 season.
Hennessy, a redshirt junior attacker from Fairfax, Calif., scored 21 goals and recorded 13 assists, 11 steals and 10 earned exclusions in 2010. Among the Bruins' fastest swimmers, Hennessy was an honorable mention All-MPSF selection at the end of the season. He has declared a major in sociology.
Preciado, a redshirt junior defender from Murrietta, Calif., scored three goals on seven attempts in 2010. Preciado picked up five steals, three assists and one earned exclusion in 15 matches. Like Hennessy, Preciado has declared a major in sociology.
Wendt, a redshirt freshman from River Forest, Ill., scored nine goals on 20 attempts in his first season in the water for UCLA last fall. Wendt, who has yet to officially declare a major, collected seven blocks, seven assists and six steals in 2010.
Student-athletes nominated for the conference's All-Academic Team must have accrued a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA, be at least a sophomore academically, have completed in over 50 percent of the team's competition during the season and have completed one full academic year at the university prior to the season.
UCLA finished the 2010 season with a 19-6 overall record, including a 6-2 mark in MPSF play.