Three Long Beach State women’s water polo players have been recognized by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) as Christina Kotsia, Melissa Matheson, and Chelsea Parks earned All-America honorable mention recognition.
The trio of award winners marked the first time that three 49ers have earned ACWPC All-America honors since 2003. It is the first time each of the players has received All-America status.
Kotsia proved to be a force for the 49ers in the perimeter, firing in 50 goals as a true freshman. Her 50-goal total was good for second on the team. A native of Athens, Greece, she showed poise in converting 12 of 15 penalty shots on the season. Her 17-game scoring streak lasted over a one month span, leading the 49ers to a 13-4 record during that stretch. She also led The Beach with 15 goals during conference play to help the team secure the fourth-seed in the Big West Conference Tournament.
Matheson finished her career at Long Beach State with 117 goals to put her 10th all-time in career goals. The senior also collected her second consecutive second-team All-Big West honor this year. Matheson pounded the ball into the back of the net 36 times for the 49ers this past season.
Parks led all 49ers with a team-high and career-high 60 goals to put her seventh in the Big West Conference. The junior's breakout season garnered her first-team All-Big West honors as well. Parks is currently ninth on the all-time career-goals leaderboard with 120 goals. She also posted a career-high of 17 multi-goal matches.