Jan. 29, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis senior utility Matt Vowell was selected as an honorable mention to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-America team, it was announced by executive director Larry Sanders Tuesday morning. The Jesuit High School alumnus from Lincoln, Calif. previously earned first-team All-Western Water Polo Association and All-WWPA Tournament accolades.
Vowell capped his career with a team-high 43 assists, falling just one shy of Grant Muenter's school record. He also led the Aggies in minutes played (692), exclusions drawn (66) and field blocks (23). Vowell also scored 35 goals, including 13-for-35 shooting on power plays, with 16 steals. He performed five total hat tricks in his final season, including four goals against Fresno Pacific and top-seeded UC San Diego at the conference championship.
The USC father-son combination of Jovan and Nikola Vavic claimed national Coach of the Year and Player of the Year honors, respectively.
This is the third straight year the Aggies have boasted at least one All-America honoree. Aaron Salit won such acclaim in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons while Kevin Peat garnered honorable mention last year.
UC Davis finished its 2012 season with a 14-18 overall record and a 11-5 conference ledger. The Aggies finished fourth at the WWPA championship and 18th in the final national rankings.