Santa Barbara Athletics News
Jan 14, 2018
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – This coming week, the season will start here yet again in scenic Santa Barbara at the Campus and Recreation Center pools with the annual UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational. After having a 15-14 overall record and going 0-5 in conference play, the UCSB Women’s Water Polo team is set on having a turnaround season with their young squad.
Featuring six freshmen and five sophomores on the roster, head coach Serela Kay knows that there is a learning curve ahead, but her and her squad are not deterred by challenges to come in the season. “We’re young. We graduated a good nucleus, a good group of players last year so we are expecting to go through various learning stages throughout the season, but I think we are going to surprise a lot of teams from the beginning.”
While there is a major emphasis on a youthful team, returners Kate Pipkin, Sarah Snyder, and Sarah Kreiser are expected to lead the way by example and by making another big splash in the pool. Last season as a sophomore, Pipkin was 2nd on the team in scoring with 41 goals, 27 assists (68 points total) while swiping 39 steals on defense earning her an honorable mention on the 2017 Big West All-Conference Team. The now sophomore utility player Snyder finished 3rd in scoring last season for the Gauchos, with 35 goals and 9 assists (44 points total). Kreiser also played a large role for the team last season and is again anticipated to do the same in 2018. The junior in 2017 scored 26 goals with 11 assists (37 points total). However, the more defensive utility player Kreiser lead the team with 12 field blocks in the pool. These three with other returners, including Natalie Selin, Shannon Moran, and Kate Coski, are due to make waves in the pool and play their part with the development of this newer core of players.