Woodland, Calif. Six San Jose State University water polo players earned Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors. Beth Harberts, Geraldine Hazlett, Alexis Higlett, Juliet Moss, Angela Riddle and Tanya Torres each earned recognition for their stellar performances in the pool and in the classroom this season.
"It's a tribute to the girls to be able to balance athletics and academics," said head coach Lou Tully. "The success of our team in the classroom goes hand-in-hand with our performance in the pool. They feed off each other and create a positive atmosphere."
Harberts, a senior two-meter, is a kinesiology major with a 3.45 grade-point average. The Redlands, Calif., native scored 35 goals for the Spartans this season, including a season-high four tallies against Arizona State on February 3. This is the second Academic All-MPSF honor for Harberts.
Junior kinesiology major, Hazlett, earned her first Academic All-MPSF honor with a career-high 23 goals this season and a 3.15 GPA. The kinesiology major tallied a season-high four goals against Maryland on March 18.
Higlett, who was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII At-Large Second Team, earned her first Academic All-MPSF honor this season with 44 goals and a 3.90 GPA as a Radio/TV/Video/Film major. The Balmain, Australia native scored five goals against Indiana on March 10.
Moss led the Spartans with 55 goals this season. She now ranks third in the Spartan record book for goals in a single season. The junior scored a team-high six goals in a game on two occasions. She tied the team-record for goals-in-a-game against Pacific and Princeton. Moss owns a 3.294 GPA as a kinesiology major.
This is the third Academic All-MPSF honor for Riddle. The senior notched seven goals for the Spartans this season to complete her career with a top-15 ranking in the career goal-scoring leaders category. Riddle picked up her first academic honor as a freshman when she tallied 37 goals in the season. The Radio/TV/Video/Film major was also recognized academically in 2006.
Torres is a sophomore kinesiology major and a utility player for the Spartans. She scored 29 goals for San Jose State this season and set a personal record of four goals in a game against UC Irvine on April 7.
A total of 27 water polo players have earned the Academic All-MPSF honor since 2002.