Malkis Earns Third MPSF Player of the Week Award
University of the Pacific senior goalkeeper Alex Malkis on Monday was named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's water polo Player of the Week for the third time this season.
Malkis held No. 1 USC to a season-low output of six goals, making 16 saves in net, including two momentum-swinging plays in No. 3 Pacific's 10-6 win on Saturday.
Pacific took a 3-2 lead late in the first quarter, and Malkis denied a turn-around shot from the doorstep, starting a string of nine consecutive stops by the Tiger defense. Midway through the third quarter, Malkis posted a diving stop on a five-meter penalty shot by Nikola Vavic and the Tigers quickly stretched the lead to four.
Pacific beat USC for the first time since 2002 and posted its first win over a No. 1 ranked team since 1998.
This marks the third weekly conference honor this year for Malkis, the first MPSF Men's Water Polo player to achieve that feat since Juraj Zatovic of USC won it four times in the 2005 season.
Malkis was also named Player of the Week on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. He ranks second in the MPSF in save per game at 12.87.
The Tigers (16-3) will visit No. 9 Pepperdine on Friday at 3:30 pm and No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Sunday at noon. New CWPA rankings will be released on Wednesday.