Anna Natalizio Named Women's Water Polo Team MVP

            Senior Anna Natalizio, third on the team in scoring, was named the Most Valuable Player and recipient of the Adriane Riddle Award for inspiration, dedication and courage at the 2013 San Jose State University women’s water polo awards banquet.

            Natalizio, from Irvine, Calif., scored 43 goals and was 12th in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in goals scored per match with her 1.79 average. The two-time MPSF honorable mention all-conference selection finished her career scoring 124 goals, tenth best by a San Jose State player.

            Natalizio along with team captain Kimber Methvin and Morgan Thomas were the three seniors honored at the start of the awards program.

            Thomas, a San Jose State University Dean’s Scholar from San Jose, received the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Thomas is a justice studies major.

            Methvin was named the winner of the Spartan Award recognizing the player who overcame significant obstacles to make the greatest positive impact on the team. One of the Spartans’ 2013 team captains, she scored eight times in 2013.

            Freshman Kelli Leabo was named the Most Improved on the 2013 team. A San Jose State Scholar-Athlete, Leabo scored eight goals, all as a reserve, on the season.

            Freshman Rae Lekness, from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, received the Outstanding Newcomer Award. Lekness led the Spartans offensively with 54 goals. Twice, she scored six gold in a match against Michigan on January 20 and CSU Bakersfield on April 20. Lekness was tied for fourth in the MPSF scoring race with 54 goals for a 2.25 average.

            Sophomore Victoria Smith, 9Vancouver, B.C.), was named the Outstanding Defensive Player of the Year.

            Sophomore Timi Molnar, (Budapest, Hungary) second on the Spartans with 52 scores, received the Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year award. Molnar, ninth on the San Jose State career scoring chart with 131 goals, was sixth in MPSF scoring a 2.17 goals per match average.

            Natalizio, Smith, Leabo, Methvin, Molnar and Thomas were six of the Spartans named a San Jose State University Scholar-Athlete. Juniors Alisa Argend (Ventura, Calif.), Rachel Henry (Santa Cruz, Calif.), and Ashley Coski (Lompoc, Calif.); Dani Styles (Laguna Niguel, Calif.), Orla Brazzell (S. San Francisco, Calif.) and Morgan Small (El Cajon, Calif.) join more than 150 current student-athletes as a 2012-13 Scholar-Athlete.