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WHITTIER, Calif. – The 2019 All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) men's water polo teams were announced following a vote conducted by the league's member head coaches.
The Purple & Gold racked up the awards with Dominick Nevarez (Norwalk, Calif.) being named the SCIAC Player of the Year and David Kasa earning SCIAC Coach of the Year accolades. On top of that Whittier also had four players earn All-SCIAC honors.
Nevarez had a huge year for the Poets after transferring in from Cal Baptist University. This season he netted 38 of his 56 goals against league competition and logged 52 points against the SCIAC (73 total points) in 2019. He also finished with 14 assists in SCIAC play with a .543 shot percentage, 14 steals, and 5 drawn exclusions. He was also selected as a SCIAC Offensive Athlete of the Week. In the final SCIAC rankings he finished No. 2 in goals (38) and No. 3 in points (52).
Ersoz proved to be the top goalie in the conference once again and has earned a spot on an All-SCIAC team all four years during his tenure at Whittier. He has now been named 1st Team All-SCIAC the past three years and was put on the 2nd Team in 2016. This season he totaled 93 saves across nine games in SCIAC with a .604 save percentage and a 7.39 goals against average. He also added two assists and eight steals on the season. Within the SCIAC rankings he was No. 5 in saves and was named the SCIAC Athlete of the Week twice.
Borunda, who was the SCIAC Newcomer of the Year in 2018 lands on the 2nd Team for the second straight year after he totaled 27 goals and 14 assists. He combined for 41 points and added a .519 shot percentage and nine steals. Within the SCIAC Rankings he was No. 8 in goals scored, and No. 9 in points.
Zdolsek was the final Poet to be recognized on an All-SCIAC team being named to the 2nd Team. Over his three years at Whittier he has been named to the 2nd Team twice and was a 1st Team All-SCIAC performer in 2018. This season within conference he totaled 21 goals and nine assists despite playing as the Poets top defender. He added a .500 shot percentage and had 17 steals. Within SCIAC he ranked No. 10 in steals.
SCIAC Newcomer of the Year – Alam Barnuevo (La Verne)
SCIAC Character Award – Bradley Justice (Caltech)
SCIAC Coaching Staff of the Year – David Kasa (Whittier)