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Player Profile:
As a junior in 2013 had a team-high 44 goals and was a second-team All-American and honorable mention All-MPSF
Added 33 assists, 28 steals, 25 ejections earned and five field blocks during the 2013 season and was ACWPC and MPSF All-Academic
Scored eight goals during the 2013 MPSF Tournament, including a team-high three goals versus UC Irvine and four goals versus Long Beach State

As a sophomore was a 2012 second-team All-American and second-team All-MPSF, scoring 45 goals in 20 matches with 28 assists, 17 steals, 12 ejections earned and five field blocks
Was a 2012 ACWPC and MPSF All-Academic selection
Scored a team-high four goals in the Bears' victory over Pepperdine in the first round of the 2012 MPSF Tournament and had eight goals during the 2012 NorCal Tournament
Cal water polo's representative at the 2012 London Olympics, helping Serbia finish 5-1-1 and capture the bronze medal
Was a 2011 ACWPC Honorable Mention All-American and ACWPC All-Academic selection, finishing third on the team with 30 goals in 22 matches, including two goals against Stanford in the MPSF Tournament
Also had 22 assists, 18 steals, nine ejections earned and six field blocks during the 2011 season
Had a team-high three goals in Cal's 2011 Big Splash victory over Stanford

Won a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics with Serbia, scoring a goal in a 21-7 win over host Great Britain on July 31, winning seven sprints during the tournament and finishing with four steals, two block shots and an assist

Became the first Bear to win an Olympic medal in men's water polo since Kevin Robertson and assistant coach Steve Heaston were members of the USA team that won a silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics

Along with his brother Luka was a member of the Serbian National Team that captured the gold medal at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, China

Ended the 2011 World University Games with six goals and a team-high nine assists

Also helped Serbia to gold medal at the 2011 World Junior Championships in Volos, Greece

Was a member of medal winning Serbian teams at the 2008 European Junior Championships in Serbia (silver), the 2009 European Junior Championships in Greece (bronze), and the 2009 FINA World Junior Championships in Croatia (bronze)

A business major attending the Haas School of Business

Brother, Luka, was an All-American water polo player at Cal from 2008-11

Parents are Nebojsa and Tatjana Saponjic

Born June 4, 1992, in Belgrade, Serbia

2011 - 30
2012 - 45
2013 - 44
Total - 119
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