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Shibata Earns Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Sarina Shibata

April 22, 2013

EDISON, N.J. - Freshman water polo standout Sarina Shibata (Honolulu, Hawaii) has been named the MAAC Rookie of the Week for her play in four matches on April 13-14. In the four contests, Shibata registered nine goals, five assists, seven steals and four ejections drawn.

Her best effort of the weekend came against Siena in the regular season finale when she had four goals and three assists. Shibata's performance in the Siena match helped the Wildcats to an 11-10 overtime win. With the victory, Villanova secured the final spot in the MAAC Championships to be held on April 27-28 in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Shibata currently leads Villanova in goals with 52 and she ranks second in shots (155), points (75) and steals (52).

Villanova returns to the pool on Saturday, April 27, when the No. 4 seeded Wildcats take on No. 1 seed Wagner in the MAAC Championships. The match is scheduled for 3 p.m. and will be played at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y.