Keydet Water Polo Announces Signees
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Keydet Water Polo Announces Signees

LEXINGTON, Va. – The VMI water polo team announced its incoming class for the 2019-20 season Thursday, with six new student-athletes to join the team. Five of the six hail from the water polo rich state of California, with one from Georgia.

“I’m very excited to be welcoming this class to post this fall,’ said head coach Ryan Pryor. “We are graduating two and bringing in six, so this class will help improve our team depth immediately. It is a highly experienced group who have played for very high-level clubs. That will help make the transition to the college game a smooth one and I expect this class to make a significant impact right away. They are versatile group, both as whole and individually, which will give us great flexibility. With this incoming class and a very strong group of returning players, I’m excited to work toward taking the next steps as a program.”

Capsules on the six newcomers are below.

Catherine Ahumada

  • Hometown: Simi Valley, CA
  • High School: Bishop Alemany HS
  • Club: Santa Barbara 805
  • Position: Attacker
  • Intended Major: Biology
  • Notes/Honors: Starting center defender in all four years of her high school career … a team captain as a junior and senior … a three-time Varsity Defensive MVP … three-time All-Mission League honoree … competed for seven years in junior Olympics, taking a silver medal for 16U Platinum SB 805 in 2018.


Giovanna “Gia” Donatelli

  • Hometown: Murrieta, CA
  • High School: Temescal Canyon HS
  • Club: CHAWP
  • Position: Attacker
  • Intended Major: Psychology
  • Notes/Honors: A three-year letterwinner at Temescal Canyon High School, serving as team captain as a senior … earned first-team all-league honors and second-team All-CIF accolades … also competed in swimming and holds two school records.


Lauren “Paris” Alvarado

  • Hometown: Covina, CA
  • High School: Walnut High School
  • Club: Rose Bowl
  • Position: Utility
  • Intended Major: Psychology
  • Notes/Honors: First-Team All-Hacienda League (2019, 2018, 2017) … Second-Team All-Hacienda League (2016) … Third-Team All-CIF.


Sydney Shettleroe

  • Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
  • High School: South Pasadena HS
  • Club: Rose Bowl
  • Position: Attacker/Utility
  • Intended Major: Psychology
  • Notes/Honors: A four-year letterwinner at South Pasadena High School as a utility … earned the coaches award … first-team all-league and all-CIF … averaged five goals and seven kick-outs per game … an All-American at Junior Olympics.


Lyla Valerdi

  • Hometown: Fontana, CA
  • High School: Etiwanda
  • Club: CHAWP
  • Position: Center Defender/Attacker
  • Intended Major: Psychology
  • Notes/Honors: Lettered all four seasons at Etiwanda High School … earned Player of the Game five times … team captain … earned All-CIF honors twice … scored 92 goals in her career in 69 games, with 53 assists and 158 steals.


Clare Wheeler

  • Hometown: Atlanta, GA
  • High School: Atlanta Girls School
  • Club: Dynamo
  • Position: Attacker/Center Defender
  • Intended Major: Civil Engineering
  • Notes/Honors: Team MVP … Second Team All-State