NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
UCLA Men's Water Polo BIO
Ryder Roberts
Player Profile:
Ryder Roberts 1659838
Position: Attacker
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 170
Year: Junior
Hometown: Vista, Calif.
High School: Vista HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Played in 27 matches, making 26 starts ... was named a First Team All-American and a First Team All-MPSF in 2015 ... earned Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NCAA Championship, earning First Team All-Tournament as well ... was selected to the MPSF/KAP7 All-Tournament Team ... was named MPSF/KAP7 Player of the Week (Oct. 12) after scoring a team-high 10 goals including 4 against USC (Oct. 11) in the title game of the 2015 SoCal Tournament at Pepperdine ... led the team and finished 5th in the league in scoring with 57 goals on 121 attempts, converting at a 47.1 percent rate ... scored a season- and career-high seven goals in a 18-8 win at Pepperdine (Oct. 2) ... he scored at least one goal in 26 of 27 games he played, including 18 multiple goal games ... tied for the team lead in consecutive games scored (12) ... also had 41 assists (led team), 29 steals (3rd on the team), 19 field blocks (led the team) and 21 earned exclusions ... was first on the team in sprints won with 24.

Played in 25 matches, making 19 starts ... was selected as a Third Team All-American and a Second Team All-MPSF in 2014 ... was one of only four sophomores to be named either First Team or Second Team All-MPSF ... missed seven games, but still managed to finish fifth on the team in scoring with 30 goals on 59 attempts, converting at a 50.8 percent rate ... scored a season-high three goals in a 10-8 win at No. 3 USC (Nov. 2) ... he scored at least one goal in 19 of 25 games he played, including a team-high-tying five goals at the MPSF Tournament ... also had 37 assists (2nd on the team), 27 steals (3rd on the team), 17 field blocks (led the team) and seven earned exclusions ... was third on the team in sprints won with 17.

Played in 31 matches, making 23 starts ... scored 36 goals (tied for 3rd on the team) on 72 attempts, converting at a 50.0 percent rate ... scored a season-high four goals in a home win over No. 1 Concordia (Nov. 1) ... had at least one goal in 23 matches (including in 10 of his last 11 on the year), scoring multiple goals eight times ... was second on the team in assists with 43 and third in steals with 36 ... also registered eight field blocks and four earned exclusions.

Team USA
2015: Started in all eight games (217 minutes) for Team USA at the 2015 World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea (July 2-14) ... he led the team in scoring with 19 goals on 47 shots, converting at a 40.4 percent rate ... he tied for 9th in scoring in the tournament and led the field in scoring from the front court (eight goals) and was tied for fifth in penalty scoring (3-for-3) ... he scored at least one goal in every match including scoring multiple goals six times ... he scored four goals (on six shots) in a 12-8 win over Turkey in pool play ... also tallied a team-high eight assists, a team-high nine steals and added two field blocks as the United States captured bronze at the World University Games. 2013: Played in all eight games (103 minutes) for Team USA at the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia (July 6-17) ... he scored six goals on 16 shots, converting at a 37.5 percent rate ... also registered four assists, two field blocks and one steal as the United States captured fifth place at the World University Games ... he also helped the USA to a fifth-place finish at the 2013 FINA Men’s Junior World Championships in Szombathely, Hungary (Aug. 12-18) ... the Americans went 5-2 at the Junior Worlds ... he played in six of the seven games and tallied 11 goals (including four games with multiple goals) and one field block.

High School
Four-year varsity water polo letterwinner (2009-12) for head coach Dave Spence ... also a four-year letterwinner in swimming (2010-13) for Coach Spence ... was a three-time first team All-CIF performer (2010-12) ... also a three-time first team All-Avocado League selection (2010-12) ... named the CIF SDS (San Diego Section) D-I MVP in 2012 ... also named Vista HS MVP in 2010 and 2012 and was a Co-MVP in 2011 ... was the San Diego County Player of the Year in 2012 after leading the Panthers to a 25-5 record and a CIF SDS D-I title ... scored three goals in a 9-8 win over Carlsbad in the state finals ... first team California/Hawaii All-American in 2012 ... also the coaches pick for the CIF Player of the Year in all divisions in 2011 after leading VHS to the CIF SDS D-I championship (scored the game-winning goal in a 6-5 double overtime win over Carlsbad) ... Vista lost 10-9 to Carlsbad in the 2010 CIF SDS D-I finals ... VHS finished as Avocado League Champions in his sophomore (2010) and junior (2011) seasons ... served as team captain in 2011 and 2012 and he was named Vista High School’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 ... set Vista HS career records in goals (391) and steals (335) ... also set a VHS single-season mark for goals with 143 as a senior in 2012 ... in swimming, he was the CIF SDS D-I champion in the 50 Freestyle in 2013 ... he also won a CIF SDS D-I title in 2010 as part of the 50 Freestyle Relay ... a talented athlete, he competed in football, basketball, baseball and wrestling before a knee injury lured him into the water ... was a World Body Surfing Champion in 2010 and was on the Little League state championship team in 2006.

Competed with the North San Diego Stars Water Polo Club and the Del Mar Water Polo Club ... USA Men’s Junior National Team, MJNT (2013, 2012) ... in 2011, he became the first-ever North San Diego Stars athlete to make a U.S. National team when he was named to the USA Men’s Youth National Team, MYNT (2012, 2011) ... named the U-16 MVP of the IRONMAN League in 2011 ... finished as the leading scorer in the 2013 IRONMAN League ... led Team USA in scoring with 14 goals in seven games as the USA MYNT finished 8th at the 2012 FINA World Youth Water Polo Championships in Perth, Australia.

Full name: Ryder James Roberts ... born Nov. 8, 1994 in Encinitas, Calif. ... his parents are James and Rebecca Roberts ... has one older brother, Wyatt, and one younger brother, Brody ... his grandfather is legendary surfer, LJ Richards, who won the West Coast Surfing Championship in 1963 ... says his biggest thrill so far in his athletic career is, “winning the CIF Championship twice” ... lists surfing, snowboarding and fishing as his hobbies ... majoring in geography/environmental studies.

Ryder Roberts' Career Statistics
2013 31/23 36 72 .500 43 36 8 4
2014 25/19 30 59 .508 37 27 17 7
2015 27/26 57 121 .471 41 29 19 21
Totals 83/68 123 252 .488 121 92 44 32



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