June 5, 2018 > Women?s Water Polo: Auriel Bill Named Division II National Player of the Year
Women?s Water Polo: Auriel Bill Named Division II National Player of the Year
Submitted By Steve Connolly
Cal State East Bay sophomore Auriel Bill has been named 2018 Division II National Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Bill and freshman Adrien Van Dyke were both selected to the ACWPC All-America First Team. Bill, who last month became the first player in program history to be named Western Water Polo Association Player of the Year, is the second Pioneer ever to capture the ACWPC award. She joins Taylor Cross, who was voted Division II Co-Player of the Year in 2014.
Bill earned her second straight First Team All-America nod after finishing the season as the leading scorer in the WWPA, ranking fifth in the conference in goals (47) and first in assists (48) for a total of 95 points. She also finished among the WWPA leaders with 42 steals for the year.ÿA fellow Saskatchewan native, Van Dyke turned in an outstanding rookie campaign and was the only freshman to make First Team All-WWPA. She led the conference with 55 goals this season and ranked as the third-highest overall scorer with 80 total points. Bill and Van Dyke led East Bay to the championship game and a runner-up finish at WWPA Championships for the fourth time in five years.