Pacific Men's Water Polo: Men's Water Polo Signs Three for 2010
The Pacific men's water polo team and head coach James Grahamannounced the signing of three players for the upcoming 2010 season. The 2010 class includes two freshmen and one junior college transfer on Monday, July 19, 2010. "We are thrilled with our 2010 recruiting class," Graham said. "I believe that we have again one of the top recruiting classes in the nation this year and I know that these three players will make a large impact on both our team and our conference."
Daniel Lungu, is a 6-3 freshman junior college transfer from Long Beach City College, who earned All-America honors in his two seasons with the Vikings. Lungu was a member of Israel's junior national team from 2005-08 and the senior national team from 2006-07.
"Daniel is an excellent left handed shooter and will do a great job on the right side of the pool bringing some new dimensions to our game. "
Alex Malkis, a 6-5 goalie from Israel, is currently the starting goalie for the Israeli senior national team. Internationally Malkis participated at the European B Championships in 2007 and the 20 and under Championships held in Turkey in 2008. Additionally, Malkis was given the best goalkeeper award at the 2007 Florida State tournament. Alex has been a member of the Israeli senior national tam since 2007.
"Alex has a wealth of experience that will help the team and should prove to be one of the top goalies during his time at Pacific," said Graham.
Balazs Erdelyi, is a 6-4 playmaker from Hungary, was a three-time Hungarian Junior Championship winner from 2007-09. In 2007 Erdelyi was a member of the European Junior Championship team in Malta and was voted the Water Polo Player of the Future. He has also been a member of the Hungarian Senior National team for the last two years.
"Balazs will be an amazing play maker for us and will be an immediate force in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation," Graham said.
Graham added: "I believe that each of these players will bring great strengths to the team and will also compliment what we have been building here over the last two seasons. The team has worked extremely hard to be ready for this season and we could not be more excited for our first games on Sept. 4 at UC San Diego's Triton Invitational."