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    Women's Water Polo: No. 17 Pacific To Honor Seniors In Final Home Stand of the Season

    Apr 22, 2011

    Pacific's women's water polo returns to Chris Kjeldsen Pool for the final home stand of the season, as the Tigers will play host to Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and the Olympic Club. The Tigers remained at the No. 17 spot in the latest poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

    The Tigers wrapped up Big West action on Saturday, April 16 as they traveled to Davis, Calif., to take on then ranked No. 15 UC Davis. In the game, senior Dara Tawaraharanotched four goals in the Tigers' 6-5 win, while senior Bethany Quertermous and freshmanElise Martin found the back of the net once. During the contest freshman Michele Reltonrecorded 10 saves in the cage for the Tigers and set a new program record for single season saves when she brought her 2011 total to 299 saves.

    Tawarahara Named Big West Co-Player of the Week
    For her efforts against UC Davis, senior Dara Tawarahara was named the Big West Co-Player of the week on Wednesday, April 20. In the days leading up to the contest along with senior Joey Gullikson (Sonoma, Calif.) of Pacific's men's water polo team, Dara traveled to Washington D.C. for Posters on the Hill 2011 to present the Tiger P.R.I.D.E. research project to members of Congress in the hopes of receiving support for upcoming federal grant applications which would sustain the program for five years in the Stockton community. Tiger P.R.I.D.E (Physical activity, Recreation, Inclusion, Development, Enjoyment) is an after-school physical activity program designed by Pacific's Sport Pedagogy faculty and delivered by undergraduates majoring in Sport Pedagogy, which aims to provide quality physical activity opportunities to at risk youth in 42 high-need schools in the Stockton Unified School District.

    2011 Seniors
    As Pacific prepares for a pair home games this week, Saturday will mark the last time the 2011 Senior class comprised of Kailee BucknumMeara McCarthyMandy KingAllison KingMelissa LoperBethany Quertermous and Dara Tawarahara will play in front of a crowd at Chris Kjeldsen Pool. Pacific athletics and the women's water polo will honor the 2011 senior class before the start of the Tigers contest against Cal State Monterey Bay at 4 pm.

    Melissa Loper
    Along with her twin sister Jessica and the King twins, Allie and Mandy, Melissa transferred to Pacific from Santa Rosa JC in the fall of 2009. This season she has appeared in a total of 16 games for the Tigers while recording seven goals, five assists and eight steals. Melissa will graduate in May with a degree in sports medicine.

    Mandy King
    After spending two seasons at Santa Rosa JC, Mandy ended her first year at Pacific with 16 goals in 29 games while finishing second the team in earned ejections with 32. In her two seasons at Pacific, King has tallied 56 goals in 58 games for a 0.97 goals per game average. Mandy will graduate in May with a degree in biochemistry.

    Allison King
    In her first season at Pacific during 2010, Allison recorded seven goals in 14 games for the Tigers which included two goal performances against Whitter (March 7) and Fresno Pacific (April 3). This year she has tallied 10 goals, 28 assists, 29 steals and 14 field blocks in 29 games for the Tigers. Allison will graduate in May with a degree in sports medicine.

    Kailee Bucknum
    Bucknum made the transition from the field to the cage as a junior, recording 29 saves in 11 games which featured a career high five saves against Wagner and Fresno Pacific. In her first two seasons in the field she recorded five goals for the Tigers and tallied her first collegiate goal against Fresno Pacific at the 208 Pacific Invitational. Kailee will graduate during the summer with a degree in sport management.

    Meara McCarthy
    Entering Pacific's final weekend of regular season action, Meara has appeared in 122 games for Pacific while tallying 25 goals in four seasons. As a sophomore she tallied a season high 10 goals in 34 games, which included two goal performances against Cal State East Bay, Cal State Monterey Bay and Hartwick. In 2008, McCarthy was named to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American Academic team and in January of 2011 was named a Pacific Scholar athlete. Meara will graduate in May with a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance.

    Siobhan Larsen
    Following the final weekend of Big West action, Siobhan has appeared in 112 games for Pacific during her four year career in orange and black. Her best season as a Tiger came during her junior season when she tallied a career-high 11 goals and 13 steals in 29 games. Academically, Larsen was named a Pacific Scholar Athlete in January of 2011. Siobhan will graduate in May with a degree in speech language pathology.

    Bethany Quertermous
    Heading into Pacific's final home stand, Quertermous has appeared in 122 games while tallying 80 goals during her four year career. As a junior Bethany led the Tigers in earned ejections (33) and field blocks (41), and was second on the team in steals (33). Academically, Quertermous was named to the ACWPC All-American Academic team in 2008, the Spring Academic All-Big West in 2010 and was named a Pacific Scholar Athlete in January of 2011. In 2009 she was also inducted into Pacific's Phi Kappa Phi honor society. Bethany earned her bachelor's degree in business degree with a concentration in finance in May of 2010, and will graduate in December with an MBA in business administration.

    Dara Tawarahara
    In four seasons Tawarahara has appeared in 123 games while tallying 227 goals for a 1.85 goals per game career average, and currently sits at No. 2 on all-time career goals list. As a sophomore, Dara tallied a career-high 68 goals during the season which ranked No. 8 on Pacific's all-time single season goals list. Her long list of athletic achievements while at Pacific includes Big West Second-Team All-Conference and All-American honors during 2010, Big West All-Conference First-Team honors in 2009 and Big West Player of the Week awards during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The Hawaii native will graduate in August with a degree in sport pedagogy.

    The Tigers take on Sonoma State at 10:30 am on Saturday, April 23, followed by 4 pm contest against Cal State Monterey Bay.

    CWPA Top-20 Poll

    Rank

    Team

    April 13 Poll

    Points

    1

    Stanford University

    1

    100

    2

    University of California

    2

    95

    3

    University of California, Los Angeles

    3

    90

    4

    University of Southern California

    4

    84

    5

    University of Hawaii

    5

    79

    6

    University of Michigan

    6

    76

    7

    San Jose State University

    7

    70

    8

    Loyola Marymount University

    8

    63

    9

    San Diego State University

    9

    57

    10

    University of California, Irvine

    10

    56

    11

    Hartwick College

    12

    48

    12

    Arizona State University

    11

    47

    13

    Indiana University

    13

    41

    14

    University of California, Santa Barbara

    16

    31

    15

    California State University, Northridge

    14

    30

    16

    Long Beach State University

    19

    21

    17

    University of the Pacific

    17(T)

    19

    18

    University of California, Davis

    15

    16

    19

    University of Maryland

    RV

    13

    20

    Princeton University

    17(T)

    11

    RV

    California Baptist University

    RV

    3

    RV

    Iona College

    RV

    3

    RV

    University of California, San Diego

    20

    2