SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The UC Santa Barbara men's water polo team has signed San Ramon Valley High School standout Mason Chambliss to a National Letter of Intent, head coach Wolf Wigo announced on Thursday.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound driver is the first official signing of UCSB's 2019 recruiting class, bringing with him valuable experience playing on the USA Water Polo Youth National Team. While he served primarily as an attacker on the USA Academy team, he has also played as a 2M and a defender.
A Danville, Calif. native whose parents also attended UCSB, Chambliss was a First Team EBAL All-League selection last season. As a senior in 2018, he has helped lead San Ramon to a 14-10 overall, 7-1 league record. During a stellar 25-game sophomore campaign, he poured in 62 goals on 143 shots (43.4%), 36 assists, 52 steals and 17 drawn exclusions.
Chambliss has also played on the club circuit for 680 Water Polo. He will be set to bolster the Gaucho lineup starting in 2019, along with other top recruits the team expects to announce in the near future. This year's class will join a UCSB team that just went 18-8 overall and 3-1 in conference play, earning the program's highest win percentage since 1991. The eight losses were also the fewest the Gauchos have had since 1980.