June 22, 2012
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. - Siena Water Polo will welcome three freshmen to the program this fall. Kimi Chavez, Brianna Ritota and Samantha Voelker will suit up for the Saints next spring and comprise the Siena Water Polo Class of 2016.
A 5'5" defender from Agoura, Calif., Chavez led Agoura High to four consecutive Marmonte League Championships. Chavez, who also played for the Los Angeles Water Polo Club, was a four-time CIF Honor Roll honoree.
"Kimi comes out of one of the best leagues in the country and has played against some of the top high school players in the nation," said head coach Ellen Howe. "She is an extremely smart and versatile player who can add much needed depth and flexibility to our team for next year."
Ritota joins the Saints from Ocean Ridge Fla. where she captained Boca Raton High to the District 8 Championship as well as a regional championship and state finalist appearance this spring. A 5'9" utility, Ritota was a two-time team MVP and First Team All-County selection. A three-time All-Conference selection, she played her club water polo for St. Andrew's.
"Brianna has tremendous talent and passion for the game," noted Howe. "She has the ability to make an immediate impact in the pool."
A native of Libertyville, Ill., Voelker is a 5'7 center who was a two-time All-Sectional and Fifth Team All-State selection last season at Libertyville High. A two-time captain, Voelker amassed team-highs of 65 goals and 56 steals as a junior when she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades.
"Sam had a breakout senior season of high school," commented Howe. "As she continues to grow and adjust to the college game, I expect her to be a strong contributor to the program."
The trio joins a Siena Water Polo program which posted a 9-21 overall mark this spring including a 4-8 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.