2013 MPSF Men's Water Polo Player of the Year, Nikola Vavic
Dec. 3, 2013
2013 All-MPSF Men's Water Polo Selections
2013 MPSF PLAYER OF THE YEAR
NIKOLA VAVIC # 3 SENIOR DRIVER USC
USC senior driver Nikola Vavic (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA/Loyola HS) accumulated eight goals in the 2013 MPSF Championship Tournament, giving him 75 for the year (2.50 GPG), the fifth highest total in the conference heading into the NCAA Tournament. He scored his 14th and 15th hat tricks of the year against No. 5 California in the MPSF Quarterfinals and No. 1 Pacific in the semifinals, before adding two goals vs. No. 2 Stanford in the finals. Seventy-five season goals for Vavic is just eight away from his own school record he set last year, when he poured in 83 (only seven other MPSF players have ever recorded 80). Vavic is also USC's all-time leading scorer with 248, with two games still to be played. He is a four-time All-MPSF Honoree, and three-time first-team selection. This marks the seventh MPSF Player of the Year award for the Trojans, and the program's sixth in the last nine seasons.
2013 MPSF NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
GARRETT DANNER # 1 RS FRESHMAN GOALKEEPER UCLA
UCLA redshirt freshman goalkeeper Garrett Danner (Coto de Caza, CA/El Toro HS) is the Bruins' first-ever MPSF Newcomer of the Year, backed by an MPSF-Best 6.32 goals-against average and a third-highest 11.05 saves per game average. Danner earned his first career conference player of the week award on September 23, after leading UCLA to the NorCal Tournament title. He accumulated 40 saves in 15 quarters (10.67 SPG) that weekend, topped off by a pair of 12-save outings in the semifinal vs. Cal and final vs. No. 1 USC. Bruin opponents totaled only 21 goals over the four NorCal games (5.25 GPG). Danner collected a career-high 15 saves in the MPSF Quarterfinals against UC Santa Barbara, and finished with an all-time single-season Bruin- high of 262.
2013 MPSF COACH OF THE YEAR
JAMES GRAHAM HEAD COACH SIXTH YEAR PACIFIC
Pacific head coach James Graham guided the program to its second NCAA Tournament appearance this year, and first since 1993, thanks to the Tigers' most successful season ever. Pacific has all-time highs of 22 wins and .846 win percentage entering NCAA's. On November 23, the Tigers completed a 7-win MPSF conference season to clinch a share of their first-ever regular season title and MPSF No. 1 seed. On November 2, Pacific defeated No. 1 USC 10-6, before a record crowd at Chris Kjeldsen Pool of 1,337. It was the first Pacific win over a top-ranked team since 1998, and on the heels of that outcome, became the first Tiger team in any sport, to be ranked No. 1 nationally since 1999. Pacific placed three on the first-team All-MPSF this year, its most ever. This is Pacific's first-ever MPSF Men's Water Polo Coach of the Year award.