Photos taken by Bill Farnan during Pepperdine's home game vs. No. 3 UC Irvine on October 9.
CAREER: In three seasons at Pepperdine has collected 688 saves spanning 66 matches (10.4 saves/game) to go along with 98 steals ... A two-time MPSF All-Academic Team selection.
PEPPERDINE 2012:Turned in a strong junior campaign between the Pepperdine pipes ... Ranked second among MPSF leaders in saves (11.71) and was eighth in GAA (9.33) ... Finished the season with a league-high 281 saves in 24 contests, including a season-high 21 against Long Beach State (9/15) ... Led the team with 30 steals ... Posted double-digit saves tallies in 19 of 24 contests ... Also assisted on four goals ... Allowed just six goals in a 10-6 home MPSF victory against No. 4 UC Irvine (10/13 ... A 2012 MPSF All-Academic Team selection ... 2012 ACWPC All-America (HM) selection.
PEPPERDINE 2011:Earned MPSF All-Academic honors ... Started 21 games for the Waves in 2011, tallying 237 saves and amassing 14 steals ... Had a season high 17 saves in a 7-6 victory over UC Santa Barbara (9/18) ... Saved an excess of 10 shots on 16 occasions ... Was third in the MPSF with 9.71 saves per game ... Made 15 saves, second-best on the year in a close 5-4 overtime loss to UCLA in the MPSF Tournament (11/25) ... Also made 15 saves in a 14-10 victory over UC Davis (9/17) ... In six of the last seven games Valics collected 10 plus stops in each game.
PEPPERDINE 2010:All-MPSF Honorable Mention ... Ranked second in the conference with 8.09 saves per game, stopping 170 shots through 21 games as a true freshman ... Saved in excess of 10 shots on six occasions, including a season-high 15 vs. Stanford ... Saved nine shots vs. Pomona-Pitzer in his first career complete game ... Came through with six stops in Pepperdine's 9-8 win at Long Beach State that helped clinch a postseason berth at the MPSF Championship ... Credited with 13 saves in back-to-back conference games at USC and UCLA ... Totaled 25 stops in 10 quarters of action at the MPSF Championships ... Led all Waves with 54 steals.
HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated in 2009 from Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary and Boarding School.
HUNGARY: Played two years each with the Hungarian U18 and U20 National Teams ... Finished second with his team at the 2007 European Youth Water Polo Championships in Malta ... Participated at two other European U20 Championships in Turkey (2008) and Greece (2009).
CLUB: Played water polo for his hometown of Eger, Hungary from 2001 to 2010 ... Member of Eger's 2008 junior water polo team, which won the Hungarian Junior Championship with an unblemished record - the first Hungarian junior team to accomplish this feat in 50 years ... Won two additional junior championships in 2007 and 2009 as well as a pair of Hungarian U22 titles (2008, 2009) and the Hungarian Junior Cup.
PERSONAL: Given name is Bence Valics ... Born in Budapest and raised in Eger, Hungary ... Majoring in international business ... Chose to attend Pepperdine for the chance to study at a prestigious university while playing for a great water polo team ... His parents were professional volleyball players.
FAVORITES: Tibor Benedek (sports hero) ... Usain Bolt and Roger Federer (pro athletes) ... Catch Me If You Can (movie) ... Prison Break (TV show) ... Michael Jackson and Eminem (musical artists) ... Beach volleyball (sport other than water polo) ... Hobbies include watching movies, listening to music, surfing and hanging out with friends.