May 9, 2012
BERKELEY -The California women's water polo program has signed its third student-athlete, Zoe Malot, to a National Letter of Intent for the 2012-13 season, it was announced by Golden Bear head coach Richard Corso. Malot - a 5-11 defender from Davis High School in Davis, Calif. - joins Pippa Saunders and Sierra Smiley who had signed letters of intent during the November, 2011, signing period.
Malot is an all-conference, first-team all-section and a High School All-American at Davis High School, helping her squad to three-straight CIF Sac-Joaquin Section championships (2010, 2011 and 2012). She is also a two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-American and was named the Northern Regional Championship Top Player in 2010. Malot was a member of the USA Youth Team in 2010 and 2011 as well.
A 5-9 utility/center from Newport Beach, Saunders led Corona del Mar High School to the 2011 California State High School championship while also being named the MVP of the Pacific Coast League. Additionally, she was first-team All-CIF Southern Section and a first-team selection on the Orange County Register's All-County Girls Water Polo Team. A member of the USA Junior National Team, Saunders is an outstanding student as well, earning USA Water Polo Academic All-America honors.
Smiley is a 5-11 center from Santiago High School in Corona, Calif. She has produced phenomenal high school statistics, tallying 178 goals, 95 assists, 284 steals and 84 ejections earned in three seasons. Smiley also holds school records for goals in a match (eight), career steals (284) and ejections earned in a match (five). As a junior she was first-team All-CIF Division II, Big 8 League first team and Big 8 League Most Valuable Offensive Player, helping her team to the Big 8 League title. Smiley joins Malot and Saunders as an USA Water Polo Academic All-American.
Led by Corso, the 2011 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Coach of the Year, the Cal women's water polo program finished the 2012 season 18-9 after finishing as MPSF Tournament champions and national runners-up in 2011. The Bears figure to have a strong squad in 2013 with the return of Canadian National Team player Emily Csikos and 2012 first-team All-MPSF player Breda Vosters.