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Kyra Christmas was named Tournament MVP
Kyra Christmas was named Tournament MVP
Women's Water Polo - Mon, May 1, 2017

GCC UPDATE LINKS: 2017 Awards • 2017 GCC Championships • 2017 Tournament Bracket • Tournament Stat Leaders

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Redshirt freshman Kyra Christmas (FR/Calgary, Alberta, Canada) led Pacific with 11 total points, including a team-best seven goals to guide the Tigers to the 2017 Golden Coast Conference Women's Championships title on Sunday. She was named MVP of the tournament, pacing the eight-member All-Tournament team.

The Tigers (20-8) earned the automatic bid to the National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Championships held at Indiana's IU Natatorium May 12-14. Christmas was one of three Tigers on the All-Tournament team. She was joined by fellow freshman Mariana Duarte (FR/Sao Paulo, Brazil) and junior Karolina Hlavata (JR/Strakonics, Czech Rep.). 

Duarte finished tied for fourth in the tournament with six goals in three games and finished fourth with nine total points. Hlavaata was ninth with five goals but finished third in the tournament with 10  points. 

Also earning All-Tournament honors was San Diego State seniors Alyssa Diacono (SR/Ladera Ranch, CA) and Caroline Israels (SR/Pompano Beach, FL), Azusa Pacific senior Megan Myers (SR/Temecula, CA), LMU sophomore Sky Flores (SO/Commerce, CA) and Santa Clara senior Francesca Puccinelli (SR/San Francisco, CA).

In four seasons within the GCC, Diacono and Israels helped the Aztecs to four straight regular season titles, going unbeaten in their career's during the regular season in GCC play. Israels had six goals in two games during the tournament.

Flores led all goalies during the tournament with 30 saves and a 76.9 save percentage to help LMU to a third place finish. Santa Clara, who earned a win in the fifth place game, was led by Puccinelli's 64.3 save percentage, which ranked third in the tournament. 

Azusa Pacific had their highest finish in the four years within the GCC, finishing fourth. Myers led them with four assists and eight total points.