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Stingy Nelson Earns Weekly Women's Water Polo Award


UC Irvine senior Annika Nelson (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) helped extend her team’s winning streak to 10 straight following a stellar performance in goal, earning her Big West Women’s Water Polo Player of the Week honors.

The goalkeeper tallied a season-high 12 saves against No. 13 UC Davis to key an 8-2 conference win, improving UCI to 4-0 in the Big West.  Nelson played an important role in accomplishing what only Stanford, UCLA and Cal have been able to do against the UC Davis offense this season – limit it to two or fewer goals.

Nelson stopped a fourth quarter penalty shot among her 12 saves.  The 10th straight victory set a new school record, bettering the old mark of nine from 2012.

In 120 minutes of action this year, Nelson has allowed just 12 goals.

Others nominated:
Christina Kotsia (Long Beach State); Kenzi Snyder (UC Santa Barbara); Irene Gonzalez (Hawai‘i)