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Pezzolla, Moreno Named Water Polo All-Americans

Taelor Moreno is a first-time All-American and joined Amber Pezzolla on the All-America list.
Taelor Moreno is a first-time All-American and joined Amber Pezzolla on the All-America list.

July 3, 2013

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State water polo players Amber Pezzolla and Taelor Moreno were named 2013 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Americans. Pezzolla earned third-team accolades, while Moreno was placed on the honorable mention squad.

With Pezzolla and Moreno being recognized, it marks the seventh consecutive season in which SDSU has had more than one student-athlete earn All-America accolades. In fact, San Diego State has had at least one All-American for 18 straight years.

A native of San Dimas, Calif., Pezzolla joins former teammate Kelly Campoli (2009-12) and Holly Hartzell (2001-04) as the only four-time All-Americans in program history. Pezzolla was an honorable mention choice in 2010 and 2011, before earning second-team honors in 2012 and picking up this year's third-team appointment. The utility is coming off a fourth and final season at SDSU where she earned all-Big West first-team accolades after leading the team in goals (71) and steals (69), while adding the second-most assists on the squad (38).

Moreno, meanwhile, is a first-time All-American after playing in 33 of 34 games and finishing with 38 goals, 17 assists, 18 steals and 23 ejections drawn as a sophomore. Her 38 goals were tied for second-most on the team and the Miami, Fla., product's ejections drawn total was the fourth-highest among all Aztecs.

San Diego State, which completed its lone season in the Big West in 2013, is one of two conference schools (Hawai'i) to place at least one athlete on one of the top three All-America teams.

SDSU is coming off its eighth-straight year of 20 or more victories after posting a 23-11 record. The 23 wins are its most since 2009 when San Diego State turned in an identical record. The Aztecs were also ranked in the top-8 nationally the entire regular season, twice rose to as high as No. 6 and finished campaign ranked 10th. The Scarlet and Black, which will move into the newly created Golden Coast Conference in 2014, have finished in the top-11 every year of their existence on Montezuma Mesa, which spans 19 years.