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August 13, 2010 > East Bay's Casady and Pierce take home All-America honors

East Bay's Casady and Pierce take home All-America honors

By Jeff Weisinger

For those who've watched the Cal State East Bay women's water polo team, this comes to almost no surprise, however it's something that is definitely well deserved.

On Thursday, July 29, both Claire Pierce and Jenna Casady were named to the NCAA Division II All-American First Team by the Association of College Water Polo Coaches. The award comes as the Pioneers get ready for the 2011 season coming off one of the best seasons in the history of East Bay's women's water polo program.

Pierce's 90 goals on the year led the nation and won her the award for WWPA's Newcomer of the Year as well as being named East Bay's Female Athlete of the Year.

The Australia native also racked 73 steals and an unprecedented 142 ejections, which nearly matched the total of ejections by the rest of the team combined in 2010. She also earned All-WWPA Second Team honors and was named to the All-Freshmen Team.

Casady, along with being one of the best to play for the Lady Pioneers in the program's history, added to her already impressive resume in her senior season. She amassed 95 assists along with totalng 77 steals and 51 goals for East Bay in 2010.

In just two seasons, she became the all-time assists leader, totaling 165; ranks third in steal with 177; and sixth in goals with 107 in her career. Like Pierce, Casady was also named to the All-WWPA Second Team and the All-WWPA Tournament Team after scoring four goals, her fourth being the game-winning goal in East Bay's fifth place match in the WWPA Tournament at the end of the season.

Last month, both Casady and Pierce were also named Academic All-Americans as Pierce finished the year with a 4.0 GPA in her first year at East Bay; Casady finished her East Bay career with back-to-back Academic All-American selections.

Also honored was coach Lisa Cooper who, in her ninth-season at the helm, led the Lady Pioneers to their highest seeding in the WWPA Tournament, along with their highest finish. The Coach of the Year also led East Bay to their first win over a top 20 opponent in the program's history. The Lady Pioneers notched more than 20 wins in 2010, including five over Division I opponents.

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