Denver, Colo.-----For the first time, three San Jose State University women’s water polo players were voted to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American teams.
Seniors Juliet Moss (Mt. Pleasant HS, San Jose) and Tanya Torres (Rancho Cucamonga HS, Alta Loma, Calif.) and freshman Dani Curran (Ayala HS, Chino, Calif.) received 2009 All-American recognition. Moss, a two-time selection, is a second-team All-American; Torres and Curran, honorable mention All-Americans.
“This is the first time we’ve had three All-Americans in a season and the first one of our freshmen has made it,” said San Jose State head coach Lou Tully, whose team finished with a 20-14 win-loss record and was sixth in the final national coaches’ poll. “This (recognition) really is a reflection on our season. I told our team that something like this doesn’t happen if you don’t have a good team around you. Water polo is very much a team sport.”
Moss was San Jose State’s leading scorer for the third season in a row. She scored 80 goals to set a new single-season school goal scoring record. In the process, Moss completed her career with 206 scores in four seasons, also a school record.
“Second-team for Juliet is well deserved,” Tully said about his four-year star who is the fifth player at San Jose State to earn All-American honors at least twice in a career. Moss was an honorable mention All-American in 2008.
Torres was third on the Spartans with 56 goals and ranked 16th in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in scoring.
“For Tanya, this recognition is very deserved as well. She had a hard time last year due to a broken finger, but she made up for it this year,” the Spartans’ coach said about the one of the team’s co-captains.
Curran was the highest scoring freshman in the MPSF with 68 goals and was eighth in the conference in scoring by all players. The 68 tallies are the fourth most by a San Jose State player.
“Dani had an outstanding freshman year. She is one of the top players in the MPSF and deserved to be recognized as an All-American,” Tully said about the prolific-scoring Curran.