During her playing days, Brenda Villa was constantly busy.Now that she’s retired, the most decorated international female water polo player of all time is enjoying some downtime, right?Not exactly.Along with coaching kids of all ages, Villa, 34, is running a non-profit organization she co-founded, and she was recently named to the executive committee of the Union Americana De Nacion (UANA) through the 2019 Pan American Games.
Perth, Australia – January 30 – The USA Men’s Senior National Team dropped their second straight game to Australia, 13-11, as part of a three-game series in Perth, Australia. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Nikola Vavic (Palos Verdes, CA/USC/Trojan) scored three goals each in the loss while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) posted 12 saves in net. The two squads will close out the three game series on Saturday as part of the Aquatic Super Series. The Aquatic Super Series has featured exhibition matches with the Australian men’s and women’s water polo teams along with a swim meet bringing together Australia, China, Japan, and the United States of America.
BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Another week, another top billing forStanford University as the Cardinal remain the top team in the Women’s National Top 20 rankings and highlight the Week 2/January 28 Women’s Varsity Polls released today by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).The top teams in three of the polls remain the same as Stanford (National Top 20), Pomona-Pitzer Colleges (Division III Top 10) and Connecticut College (CWPA Division III Top Five) hold onto their No. 1 positions from the Preseason and Week 1 rankings. However, the CWPA Top 10 has a new No. 1 squad as Princeton University takes over the preeminent position following a loss by Preseason and Week 1 leader Indiana University to Marist College over the weekend in Bloomington, Ind.
Perth, Australia – January 27 – The USA Men’s Senior National Team lost to Australia 13-10 earlier today in the first of three exhibition matches in Perth, Australia. Tony Azevedo (Long Beach, CA/Stanford/NYAC) and Janson Wigo (Ft. Lauderdale, FL/Stanford/Olympic Club) led the offense with three goals each while McQuin Baron (North Tustin, CA/USC/Regency) went the distance in net stopping nine shots. Team USA is back in action on Thursday when they meet Australia at 8pm local time.
Just as it is important to be physically prepared to play youth sports it is equally important for youth athletes to be mentally prepared to handle the pressure. No one can predict exactly how a game will play out, but you can arm your athlete with techniques to overcome pressure from the competition. Here are some methods for overcoming challenges during the game.
With one weekend of water polo in the books on the 2015 women’s collegiate season, little changed in the varsity top 20 rankings. See below for complete rankings where defending champion Stanford remains ahead of the pack.
Huntington Beach, CA – January 20 – The USA Water Polo Men’s National Team departs for Perth, Australia this Friday for a week of common training and exhibition matches with the Australian Men’s National Team. The two teams will meet in three exhibition matches with the final game coming on January 31 at 3:45pm local time as part of the Aquatic Super Series. The Aquatic Super Series will also feature a women’s water polo match between Australia and China along with a swim meet between Australia, China, Japan, and the United States of America. The first two matches will take place on January 27 and January 29 with times to be determined.
Huntington Beach, Calif. – January 20, 2015– Brenda Villa, the most decorated athlete in international women’s water polo history, has been named to the Executive Committee of the Union Americana De Nacion (UANA) through the 2019 Pan American Games. As a member of the highest authority for aquatic sports within the Americas, Villa and the Executive Committee are responsible for the organization of the Pan American Games in addition to a host of age group and masters events held every year. Villa’s term will begin at the conclusion of the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada.
Huntington Beach, Calif. – January 20, 2015 — BANXblock, an all-natural performance sunscreen, has been named the official sunscreen of USA Water Polo through 2015. As part of the agreement BANXblock will supply sunscreen to the USA Water Polo Men’s and Women’s National Teams along with sun safe editorial content for USA Water Polo’s communication efforts including SkipShot magazine and monthly e-newsletters. USA Water Polo members will also benefit in the partnership receiving discounts on BANXblock sunscreen.