The Pacific women's water polo program announced Monday that Brazilian Olympian Mariana Duarte will join the program as a freshman for the 2016-17 season.
Duarte, a native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, competed in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Olympics, where she played in six games, and scored against the United States and Australia. She also earned a start against China.
The Tigers finished as the runner-up in the Golden Coast Conference in 2016, losing to San Diego State in the second sudden-death overtime in the title game.
The 5-foot-7 attacker has played in six competitions with the Brazil senior national team before turning 20 years old, including the Olympics, the World League Super Finals in 2015 and 2016, World League Qualification in New Zealand in 2015, the World Championships in Kazan in 2015, and World League Qualification tournaments in California in 2014 and Canada in 2015.
With the Brazil junior national team, she helped the team to a second place finish (the program's highest ever) at the California Pan-American Games in 2014 after winning the South American Games in Chile in 2013. She also played in the 2014 World Championships in Madrid, and the Pan-American Games in Argentina in 2013, helping Brazil place third.
Lincoln shines at tournament
At Lodi, the Trojans won the Yellowjacket Invitational at Micke Grove, led by individual champion and sophomore Anitra Khoth at 2-under par 70. Khoth had carded four consecutive 1-under par performances to open the season. Next best for the Trojans was Madeline Zunino, who had an even-par 72.
Manteca 3, Sierra 0
At Sierra, the Buffaloes swept the Timberwolves 25-15, 25-16, 25-18 in a Valley Oak League rivalry match. Lindsey Walljasper had five kills and three blocks and Vanessa Benham had three kills and two blocks for the Timberwolves.
Liberty Ranch 3, Chavez 2
At Stockton, the Hawks rallied past the Titans 13-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12 in a nonleague match. For Chavez (3-4), Mikaela Castro had 30 assists and three aces, Lillian Willis had 31 digs and Lili Ita had 16 kills and seven blocks.