Murphy Helps UC Santa Barbara Pin Down Tournament No. 4 Seed
UC Santa Barbara junior Samantha Murphy (San Jose, Calif./Leland HS) notched a hat trick in the final regular season match to garner Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week accolades.
The Gauchos clinched the No. 4 seed for this week’s Big West Tournament in Honolulu with Sunday’s 8-7 victory against No. 11 Long Beach State. Murphy provided the pivotal scoring punch with her three goals on three shots. In addition to putting constant pressure on the 49ers’ defense, the utility helped UCSB get out in front and extend its lead to as much as four goals.
Murphy has now recorded 32 goals this season.
Others nominated: Christina Kotsia (Long Beach State); Sammi Murphy (UC Davis); Jillian Yocum (UC Irvine)