Three high school All-Americans are among ten more newcomers joining the San Jose State University women's water polo program according to head coach Lou Tully.
“There's a lot of talent. This is a very talented group. There is some tremendous experience coming in. The other thing I like about the group is the diversity. The range of players that have tremendous skill they can bring to the team,” said Tully, whose 2009 incoming class includes now seven high school All-Americans.
Attackers Wendy Nicklaus of Murrieta Valley High in Murrieta, Calif., and Natalie Jennings from Clayton Valley High in Concord, Calif., and utility player Allie Stewart of St. Francis High in Sacramento were 2007-08 All-Americans.
Goalkeeper Meagan Minson of Arlington High in Riverside, Calif., and utility players Megan Lane from Brea (Calif.) Olinda High, Katelyn Solis from Rosary High in Tustin, Calif. and Kelly Stewart from Elgin Park High in Surrey, British Columbia signed a National Letter-of-Intent during the 2008 spring signing period.
Nicklaus (Elite Club) was the catalyst in Murrieta Valley’s back-to-back C.I.F. Division V championships. The two-time All-American scored 86 goals and was credited with 180 assists in her junior and senior seasons.
Jennings (Diablo Club) was a 2007-08 KAI-Sports ninth Team All-American and a first-team all-league selection. She concluded her high school career playing in the Pacific Zone Senior All-Star Game in Atherton, Calif.
Allie Stewart (Davis Club) was a second-team All-Sac-Joaquin Section choice as a junior and first-team All-Metro pick by the Sacramento Bee and fourth-team All-American as a senior.
“She (Allie) reminds me of Kathryn (Hannum) except she's a two-meter player, a very strong two-meter player. They're both very physical and she is a very good player. It will be interesting working with her. I think she'll do well,” said Tully, now in his 13th season as San Jose State’s head coach.
Minson (Riverside Aquatics) was a first-team all-league and a Riverside Press-Enterprise first-team all-area choice as a senior. She was credited with 231 saves helping Arlington High to a second-place Ivy League finish in 2007-08.
“I had the chance to see her play with her high school last season. I think she's got good coverage from the cage. She's tall and has long arms. I think she's a tremendous goalie prospect and is ready to compete right away,” said Tully.
Lane (El Rancho Club) scored 84 goals in 27 games and was a second-team All-C.I.F. Division II selection as a junior. Brea Olinda was 22-8 in 2007-08 and competed in the Division II C.I.F. playoffs.
“I got a chance to see her play in high school last year and I liked what I saw. She has good speed. She's also a very good scorer. She was the top scorer on her team and possibly within the league. I received very good feedback from coaches that have worked with her as far as what a tremendous person she is. I'm very excited about that,” said Tully.