Woodland, Calif.-----In a San Jose State University first, Adriana Vogt, Timi Molnar and Meagan Minson were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo all-conference teams.
Vogt was a first-team choice of the eight coaches. Molnar was the Newcomer of the Year and an honorable mention All-MPSF pick with Minson.
"There's no question my mind that the top eight teams in the country were here (for the MPSF Championship tournament) over the weekend. The strength of the conference is just incredible. We're very excited these players got these recognitions," said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully about the three Spartans who were key to the team's 21-13 win-loss record and fourth place finish in the conference tournament.
"Adriana is very, very deserving. The fact that she is first team is huge. That doesn't happen that often. Meagan Minson, certainly was well-deserved. She is a fabulous goalie. Timi getting Freshman of the Year is the first time we've had a player do that."
Vogt, a senior from Menlo Park, Calif., became the first Spartan in two years and only the third San Jose State player to be named a first-team All-MPSF player. (Juliet Moss in 2009 and Laura Scott in 2004 are the previous San Jose State first-team honorees.) She led the conference in goal scoring with a single-season school record 86 goals and was second in goals scored per match. Vogt also led all players with 11 goals scored in the MPSF Tournament and was named to the seven-player all-tournament team.
"Her senior year was incredible. As one coach told me, 'she is one player you would love to have. She is the kind of player you really, really admire.' I feel the same way," Tully said about the university's career scoring leader with 245 goals. "She wasn't going to let us lose a game that we had an opportunity to win. She was going to play her heart out every time. She was the type of player who could carry a team a long way and I felt she was responsible for a lot of success we had this year."
Molnar, from Budapest, Hungary, became the first Spartan to receive MPSF Freshman of the Year honors. Also an honorable mention All-MPSF selection, Molnar set a San Jose State freshman goal scoring record with 69, was second on the team in scoring and fifth in the MPSF in goals scored per match.
"She's tough. She brings a wealth of knowledge, first of all. Physically, she takes a lot of abuse out there. She comes out smiling most of the time. She plays hard. When you get to this level, it's very, very physical out there. You have to be willing to take some hits. She does it well and doesn't let people stop her," Tully said about his outstanding first-year player.
Minson, a goalkeeper, joined Molnar as an honorable mention All-MPSF choice. The junior from Riverside, Calif., set San Jose State single season and career records in 2011 for goalkeeper saves. She was third in the MPSF in saves per match and played more quarters in regular season play than any other conference goalkeeper.