Beth Harberts Named Third-Team All-American

San Jose, Calif. San Jose State University senior, Beth Harberts, has been named Third-Team All-America by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches after leading the Spartans to a sixth place national ranking. Harberts is the ninth San Jose State water polo player to earn All-America recognition.

“I’m excited for her,” said head coach Lou Tully. “This is really a team award. It is reflective of the team doing well for her to earn this honor. Beth is very deserving.”

“When Lou called to tell me, I was beside myself,” said Harberts. “I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t know who to call first. I’ve been smiling for about a week now.”

Harberts overcame a myriad of obstacles to finish her collegiate career. The Redlands, Calif., native joined the Spartans in 2003, playing most of her freshman season with a broken bone in her hand. She went on to score 25 goals that season, finishing with the third-most on the team. Her injuries took their toll over the next two years.

“It’s been one of my goals to make a team,” said Harberts. “In high school, I’d watch the girls I played with make teams and I wanted to make sure I gave it my all in college to make a team. With all of my injuries, I used to sit in the training center on north campus and stare at the wall that said San Jose State All-Americans’ and it listed every sport and it was like a slap in the face to my dream of getting there.”

Harberts returned to action in 2006. She tied for fourth on the team in scoring with 17 goals and recorded several multi-goal games.

“She was unable to play for two years after several surgeries and a knee injury,” said Tully. “When she did get the opportunity to play again, she had to start the season late due to a fracture in her hand. It was a tough run emotionally for Beth, having to deal with wanting to play so badly.”

In 2007, her senior year, Harberts returned to the pool in full health. She tallied 35 goals and led the Spartans to their best finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship. San Jose State was 16-13 on the season and 6-6 in the MPSF.

“I was recognized because of how well the team did this year,” said Harberts. “It shows other teams and other programs that we are coming of age and we are here to stay.”

Harberts graduated from San Jose State on May 26, 2007, with 5,000 of her peers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology with an emphasis in teaching.