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July 9, 2010 > Six Pioneers receive ACWPC All-Academic Honors

Six Pioneers receive ACWPC All-Academic Honors

By Jeff Weisinger

The sweet season that saw the Cal State University-East Bay water polo team take fifth in the WWPA Tournament back in May became even sweeter for six of its star players.

Senior Jenna Casady, along with juniors Danielle Comforti and Liz Warren and freshmen Claire Pierce, Alex Gudenau and Chelsie Bryan all received ACWPC All-Academic honors on Wednesday, June 30.

Pierce, who also received the 2009-10 Pioneer Female Athlete of the Year, finished the school year with a team-high 4.0 GPA. She was also named WWPA Newcomer of the Year, along with being named to the second-team All-WWPA and All-Freshman team after a season in where she scored 90 goals for the Pioneers.

The Rancho Cucamonga native Gudenau earned "Superior" honors, an award for those who finish with a GPA between 3.7 and 3.41. She recorded seven goals and 14 assists in her first year at East Bay. Another "Superior" honor recipient was Casady, who moved up to sixth in the Pioneers all-time scoring list by adding 51 goals last season. Casady also finished in the top 10 in the NCAA with 77 steals on the season.

Bryan, Conforti and Warren all received "Excellent" honors, finishing the school year with a GPA between 3.4 and 3.2. Warren capped her junior season by adding 79 goals in 2010 to make her the all-time scoring leader in East Bay water polo history with 203 goals. The junior Comforti finished her first season with 41 goals and 33 assists, while the freshman Bryan racked up 29 goals and 16 assists.

As a team, the Pioneers won 24 games in 2010, including defeating its first two nationally-ranked opponents in Santa Clara and Cal State Bakersfield early in the season. East Bay also reached a national rank as high as 19 shortly after the two monumental wins. They earned the third seed at the WWPA Tournament in May, led by WWPA Coach of the Year Lisa Cooper.

Overall as a team, they finished the 2009-10 academic year with a combined 3.1 GPA.

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