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February 13, 2018 > East Bay water polo player wins accolades

East Bay water polo player wins accolades

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Cal State East Bay junior Makenna Nation has been selected as the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for January 29 -- February 4. Nation anchored the East Bay water polo team defensively as the Pioneers pulled off a thrilling 11-10 victory over Division I Santa Clara on February 3 in their home opener at Pioneer Pool.

Nation racked up a season-high 11 saves and added an assist in a back-and-forth game that featured five ties and four lead changes. She allowed just one goal in the third period, giving the Pioneers a chance to grab a 9-7 lead after going into halftime tied. Then, with the score tied 10-10 in the final frame, Nation held the Broncos scoreless over the final six minutes of the game, which allowed Auriel Bill's goal with 3:10 left to stand as the game-winner.

The Oceanside, California native currently ranks second in the WWPA with 25 saves after helping the Pioneers post a 2-1 record to start the season.

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