Posted By Press Democrat Staff Writer Michael Coit:

The future could be bright for the Sonoma State women’s water polo team with three returning players earning All-Conference honors.

Receiving the Western Water Polo Association Co-Newcomer of the Year award was junior goalie Ariel Lockshaw.

Another junior, Laura Kunz, and freshman Brittny Hummel were selected to the Honorable Mention and Freshman teams, respectively.

Defending the Seawolves cage this season, Lockshaw led the nation with 305 saves and already just 22 saves from the Sonoma State career record. In 29 matches this season, the Placentia native recorded double-digit saves 18 times.

Lockshaw earned a WWPA Co-Player of the Week honor.

Scoring six goals on the season earned Kunz, from Sacramento, Honorable Mention. Valuable all over the water in three seasons, Kunz has totaled 38 assists, 60 steals, and 33 knockouts.

Hummel, in her first year out of Santa Barbara, netted 12 goals and handed out a team-high 20 assists.  She also added 15 steals.

The three standouts should anchor an improved Sonoma State squad next season. The Seawolves finished 10-23 this past campaign.