USC women's water polo will welcome its first-ever New Zealander to the pool next season with Nadia Pavlovich's signing of a national letter of intent today (April 19), USC head coach Jovan Vavic has announced.
A member of New Zealand's Youth and Junior National teams, Pavlovich has also led her Westlake Girls High School team to three consecutive titles. Named MVP of the New Zealand Seconday Schools Premier Girls Championships in 2014, she was on the Most Outstanding Players list this past season after her team's third straight crown. Pavlovich is a 5-foot-10 utility who most recently competed at the international level at the 2016 FINA Youth World Championships in Auckland. She's also tabbed for duty with the Kiwis at the coming 2017 FINA Junior World Championships in Greece.
"Nadia is a great team player," Vavic said of Pavlovich. "She's very versatile and can play on both sides of the pool. She's a tough and intelligent player who sees the pool well, and she's a good passer and a good defender."
Pavlovich's addition to the Trojan Family makes the new class of talent nine strong, as she joins fellow signees Verica Bakoc, Nina Ceklic, Sabrina Garabet, Paige Hauschild, Kari Jensen, Molly Leimbach, Randi Reinhardt and Sophie Traverse as USC's 2017-18 newcomers.