May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Four UCLA women's water polo players have been selected to All-MPSF Teams, as announced by the conference office Wednesday. Rachel Fattal was named the MPSF Newcomer of the Year and also garnered second team All-MPSF honors and was named to the All-MPSF Newcomer Team. Three other Bruins earned all-conference honors in 2013. Sophomores Gisselle Naranjo picked up All-MPSF honorable mention plaudits.
Fattal, a freshman attacker from Seal Beach, Calif., is second on the team in scoring with 62 goals (1.94 gpg), which ranks ninth in the MPSF. She is the first Bruin water polo player, from either gender, to be named MPSF Newcomer of the Year. Her 62 goals through the MPSF Tournament is the most amongst all freshmen. She leads the Bruins in steals (33), sprints won (40) and field blocks (24) and is second in exclusions drawn (25) and is fifth in assists (25). She was also the only Bruin named to the All-MPSF Tournament Team. Her most clutch outing was undoubtedly in the conference quarterfinals in Berkeley, April 26, against host California. With the Bruins down 3-0 and their NCAA Tournament chances winding down, Fattal proceeded to score once in the second quarter and twice in the fourth to get the team into the semifinals. She went on to score twice in the third-place win over No. 3 seed Arizona State, perhaps the NCAA at-large deciding game. Fattal was the April 15 MPSF Newcomer of the Week, scoring on 13 of 16 shots in three games.
Donohoe, a sophomore attacker from Upland, Calif., leads UCLA in scoring with 63 goals (1.97 gpg), which ranks eighth in the MPSF. She is second on the team with nine field blocks and third in steals with 24 and in exclusions drawn (15).
Hill, a redshirt sophomore goalkeeper from Santa Barbara, Calif., is currently second in the MPSF in saves per game at 10.71. She is also third in the MPSF in goals against average, allowing 6.25 per game. Hill is also third on the team with 29 assists and is fourth on the squad with 21 steals.
Naranjo, a senior attacker from Commerce, Calif., leads the team in assists with 31 on the year. She has 23 goals and is seventh on the team with 13 steals. She also has drawn 11 exclusions and has recorded six field blocks, which is tied for fourth on the squad.
USC sophomore attacker Monica Vavic earned MPSF Player of the Year honors while her coach and father, Jovan Vavic, was named Coach of the Year.
UCLA enters the upcoming NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will face No. 6-seed Princeton on Friday, May 10. Game time at Harvard's Blodgett Pool is 12:30 p.m. (PT)/3:30 p.m. (ET).