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Stanford grads help NYAC men, women win water polo titles

For the second straight year, the New York Athletic Club men and women won gold at the US Open of Water Polo, which finished up Sunday in Southern California.

The NYAC Men topped the Olympic Club, 12-6, to claim the championship at Splash! La Mirada while the NYAC Women defeated Bruin, 14-2, at the Brenda Villa Aquatic Center in Commerce to win gold.

NYAC's John Mann won the Chuck Metz Award as the Most Valuable Player in the men's competition while NYAC's Priscilla Orozco won the John Felix Award as the Most Valuable Player in the women's competition.

In other men's finals, Bruin picked up third place by defeating Berkeley, 10-9, while Miami topped Sunset San Diego, 12-6, for fifth place.

In women's action the USA Women's Youth National Team came back to defeat Santa Barbara Silver, 12-10, for third place. In fifth place, Stanford got past SOCAL, 8-5.

Stanford grad Melissa Seidemann, who was playing for NYAC, earned a berth on the all-tournament team.

Also playing for the NYAC women were Stanford grads Annika Dries, Jessica Steffens and Kelly Eaton and UCLA grad KK Clark of Menlo Park.

Stanford grad Brenda Villa played for the Olympic Club and Maggie Steffens for Stanford.

Playing the NYAC men were Stanford grads Wolf Wigo and Tony Azevedo while ex-Cardinal Peter Varellas was on the Olympic Club roster.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Water Polo

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