Pavillard and Colak Named ACWPC All-Americans
Luke Pavillard and Engin Ege Colak were selected to the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches All-American team, the ACWPC announced Monday morning. Pavillard earned All-First Team honors while Colak was named to the All-Third Team.
The junior standouts earn their two accolades following a stellar 2018-19 season resulting in back-to-back Golden Coast Conference regular season titles and two consecutive GCC Championship appearances for the Orange and Black.
Pavillard and Colak’s awards add to a long list of All-American achievements for the men’s water polo program. This makes it nine straight seasons with at least two or more players being named to the ACWPC team. The most Tigers selected in one year came during the 2015-16 season when a program-best six Tigers were named to the All-American squad.
The list of all ACWPC All-Americans can be found here.
“These are two well-deserved awards for two well-rounded players,” Head Coach James Graham stated. “Luke and Ege have played a tremendous role for our program for the last three years. It’s exciting to see their growth and we’re extremely fortunate to have them back to lead our team next year.”
ACWPC First Team All-American: Luke Pavillard
A two-time GCC Player of the Year recipient, junior attacker Luke Pavillard has established himself as a top-tier talent following his All-American season.
Pavillard aided the Tigers during their 2018 campaign with a conference-best 78 goals, 107 points, and 44 steals. Suiting up in all 24 matches, the third-year attacker recorded a goal in 22 appearances and tallied a team-best 17 hat tricks on the season. Pavillard also held a team-high .436 shooting percentage in the water and won 15 of 24 sprints this season.
The Perth, Austrailia native was tabbed twice as the GCC Player of the Week following a seven-point outing against Brown (Sept. 1) and four-goal performance against UCSB (Oct. 20). This is now Pavillard’s second First Team All-American selection.
ACWPC Third Team All-American: Engin Ege Colak
Engin Ege Colak picked up an All-GCC First Team selection earlier this season and now adds a third All-American honor to his slate of accomplishments.
The Istanbul, Turkey product played in all 24 matches for Pacific, registering 12 hat tricks including a career-high seven goals in UOP’s contest against UC Irvine (Oct. 12).
The junior ranked in the top five or better in the Golden Coast Conference in goals scored (66), points totaled (81), and drawn exclusions (29). Colak eclipsed the three goal mark eight times throughout the course of the season, a career best for the Turkey native.
The three-time All-American also snagged a GCC Player of the Week award this season after his performance against UCI. This is Colak’s second Third-Team nomination.