Champion’s QUEST Athlete has her Official Signing Day
It was a special day for senior Long Beach Poly water polo player Orla Brazell on Wednesday. She had her official signing with California State University San Diego. Ryan Bishel from Champion’s QUEST was there to witness this milestone for Orla and her family.
Derrick Campbell, her Athletic Performance Coach, had the following to say: “Since Orla started her training program in October 2008 she has always had a strong focus on her goals. She accomplished nearly every goal that the set for herself 2 years ago. For having such a hectic schedule, training, practice and most importantly school, Orla stayed committed to her strength development program and now she can eat the fruit of her labor! She has a strong work ethic and is extremely self motivated when it comes to her training program. Any collegiate coach would want an athlete with the same traits as Orla. It makes me proud to see Orla reach her goal of receiving a scholarship from a school that has been a top choice for her. I wish her the best in success at SDSU!”
History is being made with a new first for the Jackrabbit Program, Brazell becomes the first signee to a Women’s Division One Water Polo Program. Coach Pentilla stated: “I’m proud of Orla’s commitment to water polo. Her hard work has paid off, she has become a fine player, who always competes to the best of her abilities. I would categorize her style as aggressive. Her very accurate outside shot averages of 3 goals per game totaling 60 goals so far for our season. Thus contributing steadily to our teams success. Brazell is an all around team player, regularly setting up her teammates with assists for shots on goal. As a smart player, with great water polo IQ she will continue to improve at the next level.”
Wishing Orla all the best with the Aztecs at San Diego State
Coach Scott Penttila, Poly H.S. Long Beach
Stats for Orla Brazell: Year to date 2009-2010 Season:
Scored 61 Goals/ 20 games Average 3 goals per game
FROM SDSU Coach Crawford: Orla Brazell will come to Montezuma Mesa after completing her high school eligibility at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. An ambidextrous player who has sprinter, wing and utility experience at the Junior Olympic level, Brazell has averaged three goals, two assists and more than three steals per game over her career. During her time at Long Beach Poly, Brazell has recorded 64 goals, 46 assists and 70 steals, while winning 24 of 28 sprints. The 2009 ODP training team athlete is also an outstanding member of the Long Beach Poly swim team.
“As a left-handed attacker, Orla will bring an added dimension to our offense,” Crawford said. “She contributes on both sides of the ball very effectively, with a balanced stat line in every game she plays. Orla is also a very ambitious student-athlete who has the desire, drive and work ethic to help us achieve our goals. Orla is the type of athlete who will have a steep learning curve in college, and I’m really looking forward to coaching her.”
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