Three Gauchos Earn All-Big West Honors

April 30, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Three UC Santa Barbara women's water polo players were named to the 2009 Big West All-Conference teams it was announced by the league this week. Senior Gillian Morgan and junior Lizzie Rouleau each earned first team accolades while senior Amanda Tipton picked up an honorable mention nod.

Morgan, a utility player from Sacramento, Calif., led the Big West this season with her average of 2.86 goals per game. She tallied a total of 83 goals on the year, setting a new UCSB single-season record. During her four-year career, she posted 205 goals, ranking second all-time behind Kelley Tiffany's (1999-2002) 213.

The senior led the team in scoring in 19 of the Gauchos' 29 games and had 23 multiple-goal games. She was held scoreless on just two occasions and posted five or more goals on seven occasions - including her school-record tying seven-goal performance against Long Beach State on Feb. 22.

In addition to her prolific scoring, Morgan was second on the team with 13 assists, tied for first with 19 steals and tied for third with 32 earned penalties of ejections.

Fellow All-Big West First Team honoree, Rouleau, is a center that hails from Los Altos, Calif. Rouleau was second among the Gauchos with 35 goals this season, averaging 1.21 per game. She also led the team with 50 earned penalties of ejections and was fourth with 16 steals.

The junior led the squad in scoring in five games this season and had multiple goals on nine occasions. She scored in 22 of the Gauchos' 29 contests and strung together a season-best nine-game scoring streak lasting from Feb. 22 through Mar. 28.

Picking up Honorable Mention All-Big West honors is Tipton, a senior defender out of Sunnyvale, Calif. Tipton ended her final campaign with the Gauchos in strong fashion, scoring in the last four contests of the season and leading the Gauchos with six goals in the Big West Championship Tournament.

The senior was fourth on the team with 21 goals scored and finishes her career ranked 11th all-time on UCSB's career scoring list with 90 goals. Tipton was tied for third on the team with 32 earned penalties or ejections and was tied first in steals with 19. The defender led the squad with 10 field blocks and also posted seven assists during the season.

UC Irvine's Gianna Rossi was named the 2009 Big West Player of the Year while the Anteaters' head coach, Dan Klatt, earned Big West Coach of the Year honors. UC Davis' Kaylee Miller and UC Irvine's Morgan Vickers were named the 2009 Big West Freshmen of the Year.

UCSB finished the 2009 season with a 17-12 record, an 11-win improvement from last season and its first winning season since 2005, when the Gauchos posted an identical record. The Gauchos made an impressive run through last weekend's Big West Championship Tournament, defeating Pacific and Cal State Northridge to earn their place in the championship game. UCSB finished second after falling 13-9 to UC Irvine.

Earlier this year UCSB Athletics unveiled the BE Great initiative. BE Great is dedicated to maximizing leadership ability, strong on-campus interaction, and general welfare for all 450 student-athletes and Intercollegiate Athletics staff at UC Santa Barbara. BE Great also focuses on personal and career development, diversity, and social awareness, along with ensuring academic success. UCSB has a 92% student-athlete graduation rate.

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