May 1, 2013
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Big West Conference released its all-conference awards Wednesday afternoon for the 2013 women's water polo season with five 49ers on the list. Junior Chelsea Parks led the pack of five 49ers with first-team honors while senior Melissa Matheson notched her second consecutive second-team honors. Christina Kotsia, Kelly Ringel, Coriann Snyder rounded things out earning honorable mention.
Parks was named First-Team All-Big West after leading Long Beach State with a team-high 60 goals, including 12 in conference play. The junior found the back of the net in 29-of-32 matches for The Beach and recorded 17 multi-goal games. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native also netted a career-high four goals in five separate matches. Parks also earned honorable mention in 2012 as a sophomore.
Matheson earned her second-consecutive Second-Team All-Big West honors to finish her career with three conference awards tabbing honorable mention in her sophomore season as well. The Long Beach, Calif. native finished fourth on the team with 36 goals on the year and finished her career at The Beach with 117 goals, good for ninth all time.
With her second year in a row scoring 39 goals, Snyder earned honorable mention. The junior previously earned second-team honors her sophomore season. The Porterville, Calif. native capped off her season with a game-high three goals to lead LBSU past San Diego State 8-6 upset victory for third place at the Big West Women's Water Polo Championship Tournament.
With another career-high season, Ringel earned her first honorable mention award after leading the league with a 5.47 goals against average. Her 274 saves this year was good for second on the single-season saves list and pushed her to third on the career-saves leaderboard at Long Beach State.
Kotsia, in her first season as a 49er, the Athens, Greece native earned an honorable mention having scored 50 goals on the year, good for second on the team. The former world champion had a season-high 17-game scoring streak that spanned over two months. The freshman defender tied for the team-lead with 12 goals in conference play.
In its first season in the Big West, Hawai'i tabbed top honors as head coach Maureen Cole collected Coach of the Year while Monika Eggens nabbed Player of the Year honors. Samantha Murphy of UC Santa Barbara rounded the top award winners out with Freshman of the Year.
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