LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA. – The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (SCIAC) announced the All-SCIAC awards for women's water polo on Thursday morning, listing six members of the Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo. Alex Rodriguez and his staff were named SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year while Jocelyn Castro took SCIAC Athlete of the Year honors. Three Sagehens were listed in the First Team All-SCIAC while one more was awarded Second Team.
Rodriguez was given Coaching Staff of the Year after helping the Hens to a first place finish in the SCIAC regular season, going undefeated with a 14-0 record. The team went 20-10 overall, marking their first 20-win season since 2014 when they went 23-14.
Castro took SCIAC Athlete of the Year and 1st Team All-SCIAC after leading the team with 60 goals, including 33 in conference play. The senior has been clutch for the Sagehens, scoring big-time goals in key moments, including the go-ahead goal to help the Hens to a 14-12 over China.
Kahea Kahaulelio was listed on the First Team All-SCIAC after an outstanding season in which she scored 48 goals, collected 22 assists, and snatched 36 steals. 30 of her goals came in SCIAC play. She has been one of the fastest players in the program, winning 39 opening sprints this season.
Senior Morgan McCracken also took First Team All-SCIAC honors thanks to her all-around play, having been a catalyst on both offense and defense. McCracken scored 46 goals this season coupled with 17 assists and led the team with 42 steals. She had five games in which she scored more than three goals this season.
Natalie Hill was awarded Second Team All-SCIAC after a solid season in which she scored 18 goals and led the team with 23 assists. She also collected 28 steals and has served as a key playmaker from the back of the pool.
The SCIAC named Janelle Lewis on the All-Sportsmanship Team after helping the Sagehens with 29 goals and delivering 14 assists. A versatile piece for this dominant Sagehens' squad, Lewis has helped the offense operate smoothly with her extra passes and keen eye for open teammates.
The Sagehens open up their SCIAC Tournament run on Friday, April 27 against Whittier College at 4 p.m.