Wall Earns Second All-America Honors
Jan. 30, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Santa Clara men's water polo junior Jack Wall earned his second career All-America honor this week, as he was named an Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) Honorable Mention selection, it was announced Friday. Wall, who was also an All-America Honorable Mention honoree in 2006, was the first Bronco to earn All-America honors under seventh season head coach Keith Wilbur.
"We are excited for Jack to be named an All-American," said Wilbur. "He had an outstanding comeback season after being hurt last year and missing all of last season. It is great that other coaches recognized him for his strong performance in the pool this year."
Wall, who redshirted the 2007 season due to injury, came back in 2008 stronger than ever. One year after undergoing nerve surgery in his elbow, he was the only Bronco to be named to both the All-WWPA First Team and WWPA Conference Championships First Team.
In his dominating return to the pool, he led the Broncos' offense with 73 goals, for ninth best in the nation, 38 assists and 19 kick outs drawn. Defensively, the Los Gatos, Calif. native posted 33 steals and 14 field blocks.
Under Wall's veteran leadership, SCU remained in the top-20 national rankings throughout the season, peaking as high as No. 12 for four-consecutive weeks. Santa Clara concluded the season with a No. 15 national ranking and a fourth-place WWPA finish.
"I am very proud to receive this honor, as it was a personal goal this season," said Wall. "It is a great honor and I hope it helps in recruiting future players to this great program. I would like to personally thank Coach Wilbur for helping develop me into the collegiate player I am today."
Wall will return to the Bronco lineup in the Fall of 2009 for his senior season.