Nippert and Corona Collect First-Team All-America Plaudits from ACWPC
It was announced on Monday that five University of Redlands women's water polo players received All-America recognition from the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC). Senior driver Jaime Nippert (Gresham, OR) and senior center Joy Corona (Lake Bluff, IL) headlined the group with their First-Team selections, while junior center-defender Jill Stein (Palm Desert, CA, junior driver Moana Tuipulotu (Lahaina, HI), and sophomore goalkeeper Julie Lupfer (San Diego, CA) garnered Honorable Mention.
With an impressive scoring prowess, Nippert served a vital role during the Bulldogs' 20-15 season that placed them second in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Finding the back of the net nearly twice as much as any of her teammates, she posted a team-high 91 goals in 2012 to rank fourth all-time in Redlands history with 256 career scores. She also dished out 52 assists, grabbed 64 steals, and earned 59 ejections drawn in her final season.
Corona reset the Bulldogs' single-season and career records for ejections drawn, racking up 123 during her senior campaign en route to a grand total of 305. Her four-year effort surpassed the previous mark by more than 40. In addition, she provided 54 goals, 25 assists, and 31 steals for Redlands as a senior.
A defensive cog for the Maroon and Gray, Stein topped the team with 111 steals to go along with the second-most goals at 59.
Tuipulotu added a well-rounded option for the team, recording 64 steals, 33 assists, 25 goals and 30 ejections drawn.
Lupfer solidified the final line of defense by making 268 saves as the starting goalkeeper. She also stepped up with 54 steals and 14 assists.
Overall, the SCIAC dominated the NCAA Division III All-America awards, with all but one of the 14 first- and second-team spots going to a student-athlete at a member institution.
For a complete list of the honorees, please visit http://www.collegewaterpolocoach.org/all-american-awards.html.