Nelson Helps UC Irvine Defeat Two Ranked Opponents
Junior Annika Nelson (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) had an outstanding effort for the host team in the UC Irvine Invitational to capture Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week honors.
The Anteater goalkeeper made 36 total saves for the tournament against four teams ranked in the top-seven nationally.
Nelson had 12 saves against top-ranked USC, as the Anteaters fell 11-10 in a near upset. She had five second quarter saves that helped UCI enter halftime tied.
Nelson saved six shots in a 5-4 triumph over No. 7 Arizona State and made seven more saves in an 8-5 win over No. 5 UC Davis. Michigan, also ranked No. 7 nationally, got the 8-7 win over UCI but Nelson made things difficult with an 11-save performance.
Others nominated: Niki Van Vogt (CSUN); Carla Tocchini (UC Davis); Taylor Shore (UC Santa Barbara); Femke Aan (Hawai‘i)