Water Polo Earns National All-Academic Recognition

Laguna Hills, Calif. Four members of the San Jose State University water polo team were named to the All-Academic team as announced by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Alexis Higlett, Beth Harberts, Juliet Moss and Tanya Torres each earned recognition for their performances in the classroom and in the pool this season. The team itself was also recognized for its combined grade-point average.

“Our team goal is to get every individual to a 3.00 and above,” said head coach Lou Tully. “We ended up with the team as a whole being above a 3.00, and I’m happy we were able to do that.”

Higlett, Harberts, Moss and Torres each found success in the water and in the classroom this season. Higlett was named an Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation selection and to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Second Team this season. The Balmain, Austrailia, native, scored 44 goals this season for the Spartans and earned a 3.90 GPA as a Radio/TV/Video/Film major.

Harberts is a Third-Team All-American and an Academic All-MPSF selection. The two-meter player tallied 35 goals for San Jose State this season and posted a 3.45 GPA as a kinesiology major.

Moss earned Academic All-MPSF recognition this season and led the Spartans with 55 goals. The junior scored a team-high six goals against Pacific and Princeton. Moss owns a 3.29 GPA as a kinesiology major.

Torres 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. She was also recognized as an Academic All-MPSF selection. Torres is a kinesiology major with a 3.21 GPA.

“They’re all top players and they managed to succeed in class and in the pool,” said Tully. “It’s a tribute to them. They have an understanding of priorities and they take care of business.”