Senior goalkeeper Kyle Pokorny of Pomona-Pitzer was named the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Co-Player of the Week.
Pokorny shared the honor with fellow goalkeeper Michael Wishart of Santa Clara.
Pokorny earned this week’s award after a key role in helping the Sagehens defeat No. 15 Navy on Saturday evening. He had seven saves in the pivotal third quarter alone, when Pomona-Pitzer outscored the Midshipmen 3-0 to turn a 5-4 halftime advantage into a commanding 8-4 lead.
The win helped the Sagehens vault into the No. 1 spot in the Division III national rankings, as well as move them into the receiving votes category for the overall national poll (all divisions). All eight of Pomona-Pitzer’s opponents have been nationally ranked so far this season.
The Sagehens will next be in action against yet another ranked team, when it faces No. 7 UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 3 p.m. It will be third meeting between Pomona-Pitzer and the Gauchos, who faced each other on Sept. 3 at the UCLA Invitational, which UCSB won 16-4, and on Sept. 10 at the Inland Empire Tournament, which the Gauchos captured 12-7.