May 19, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women's water polo signed four prospective student-athletes to national letters of intent during the spring 2005 signing period. Alphabetically, the prospects are Lindsay Kiyama, Sarah Odegard, Sofia Patronas and Diana Pivacek. Each is expected to enroll at UC Davis for the fall quarter of 2005.
Kiyama is a senior three-sport star at Clayton Valley High in Concord, Calif., hailing from the same water polo program that produced recent Aggie standout Alli Johnstone. She has captured first-team All-Bay Valley Athletic League honors in each of her junior and senior water polo seasons, supplemented those awards with back-to-back All-East Bay/North Bay selections. Kiyama added second-team All-BVAL distinction in basketball this season, and was an North Coast Section finalist in the 50-yard freestyle in 2004.
"Kiyama is an interesting recruit in that she is a starter on a basketball team that made the section playoffs," says UC Davis head coach Jamey Wright. "She is also a very good water polo player, with her biggest attribute being that she is a legitmate sub-53 100 freestyler. She broke Alli Johnstone's school record and she is the same kind of athlete as Alli -- long and fast."
Odegard completed her third year of water polo at Millikan High School in Long Beach, Calif. She won All-Southern Section second-team and All-Moore League first-team honors in each of her last two seasons. In 2005, Odegard finished second in the league with 97 goals.
"Odegard is a crafty and clever driver/attacker. She is a little like Tiffany [Hodgens] in that she can get inside water, hold her position and be an excellent shooter," says Wright. "She is a playmaker who scored a lot of goals against really good teams. Sarah has the potential to be a very good scorer for us."
Patronas, a senior 2-meter/utility from Downey High School in Downey, Calif., scored 99 goals with 48 assists in her senior season. She captured All-San Gabriel Valley League honors for the fourth straight year, including MVP distinction. She also was selected as Player of the Year for Southern Section Division 6, helping the Vikings capture that section's banner.
"Sofia is a fast 100 freestyler who was the Player of the Year for her section. She comes from a small school, but is a potential diamond in the rough."
Pivacek is a 6-foot-2 goaltender from Campolindo High School in Moraga, Calif.. She won All-North Coast Section first-team merit as a senior, recording 285 saves for the year. Pivacek also garnered co-MVP honors in the Diablo Foothill Athletic League.
"Pivacek was the top goalie in Northern California. We have a lot of goalies, but she's tall and a good passer. She is really going to buttress our staff, especially in the future," Wright says.
UC Davis women's water polo posted its seventh consecutive 20-win season in 2005, finishing with a No. 13 national ranking and a runner-up showing in the Western Water Polo Association. Additionally, the Aggies will host the eight-team National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships in May 2006.