Entering the 2009 season, the UC Davis women‘s water polo team had lost five of six starters from the year before and was looking for a leader to come out of the woodwork.
Luckily, senior Lindsay Kiyama stepped up to the plate, or into the pool, that is.
The Concord, Calif. native led the team with 53 goals (fifth in the Big West) and 32 assists. She also led the team with 664 minutes played (just over 20 per game), 44 steals won over 95 percent of her sprints (104 of 109 on the year).
“Key (Kiyama) really played so great this season,“ Coach Jamey Wright said. “She was our leader in the pool all year.“
For her efforts Kiyama was awarded first team all-Big West Conference. The award caps a long list of awards for Kiyama in her career, including 2008 All-American.
For her achievements, The California Aggie is awarding Lindsay Kiyama with Athlete of the Quarter honors.
Kiyama ended the season particularly strong. In each of her final nine games she led the Aggies in scoring, registering 21 goals during that stretch. The streak capped her All-American career as she scored an impressive hat trick performance in the Big West Tournament‘s third place game.
She leaves UC Davis with 130 career goals, good for fifth in school history.
– Sammy Brasch