CLAREMONT, CA. – The Pomona-Pitzer Women's Water Polo team has its sights set on a three-peat for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) Championship in 2019.
The Sagehens are coming off of a historic season in which they repeated as SCIAC Champions and went a perfect 14-0 in conference play. The Sagehens went 22-11 overall and had impressive regular season wins over the Chinese national team and Brown before falling in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to UC Irvine.
The Sagehens return a good amount of that experience from seasons past with a total of eight seniors to lead the team with Morgan Stockham, Anna Yu, Samantha Martinez, Natalie Hill, Kahea Kahaulelio, Janelle Lewis Nohea Kahaulelio and Kyla Pickell.
Stockham will see time in goal this season as she appeared in 29 games with an 18-8 record and had 125 saves. Kahea Kahaulelio led all returners with 75 points coming from 51 goals and 24 assists while fellow senior attacker Yu tallied 48 points a season ago with 33 goals and 15 assists.
After losing their top-two point scorers from a season ago, the Sagehens will look to fill the void from senior attackers Lewis and Hill as well as utility players Martinez, Nohea Kahaulelio and Pickell.
The Sagehens return one junior in Bella Villa and two sophomores in Haley Crabtree and Isabel Natalia Wiesenthal. Villa notched 28 points during her sophomore season with 16 goals and 12 assists while Wiesenthal had 11 points off of nine goals and two assists as a freshman. Crabtree will also see time in goal this season as the sophomore appeared in 29 games with four starts and tallied 126 saves.
The Sagehens start their season in the Lancer Invitational this weekend with games against Azusa Pacific on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and Loyola Marymount at 3:15 p.m.