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Bence Valics
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Bence Valics

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Eger Hungary

High School:
Szilagyi Erzsebet Secondary

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 176

Position:
GK

Experience:
4V

01/17/2014

Four Waves Earn MPSF All-Academic Water Polo Honors

Bence Valics made the team for the second time.

11/24/2013

UC Irvine drops Pepperdine 13-10

Marko Madaras' hat trick not enough as Waves fall in season finale.

11/21/2013

Pepperdine Completes Regular Season with Trip to Irvine

With a win the Waves will advance to the MPSF conference tournament.

11/16/2013

No. 7 Pepperdine Drops Tough Battle with No. 3 UCLA, 10-8

Danny White records career high five goals to lead the Waves on Senior Day.

11/14/2013

Pepperdine Celebrates Senior Day by Hosting No. 3 UCLA

Saturday marks the final home match for six seniors.

11/08/2013

Men's Water Polo vs. Pacific (11/8/13)

Photos of the Waves' game against the #1 Tigers at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

10/20/2013

Men's Water Polo vs. Air Force (10/20/2013)

Photos of the Waves' 12-7 victory over Air Force at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.

09/22/2012

Men's Water Polo vs. Long Beach City College

No. 7 Pepperdine dispatched Long Beach City College 20-5 in exhibition action Saturday.

10/15/2010

Pepperdine Water Polo (Zac Prange Photography)

Photographs from Pepperdine's home game vs. Loyola Marymount on Sept. 11.

10/12/2010

Pepperdine Water Polo (Bill Farnan Photography)

Photos taken by Bill Farnan during Pepperdine's home game vs. No. 3 UC Irvine on October 9.

CAREER: The all-time leader in career saves at Pepperdine with 889 ... Appeared in 87 matches over four years ... A three-time MPSF All-Academic selection and a 2012 All-American.

PEPPERDINE 2013: Finished out his career by starting and appearing in 21 of 22 matches ... Ranked fourth in the MPSF in saves per game (10.86) ... Finished the season with 201 saves, including a season-high 20 in an MPSF 10-8 victory over #7 Long Beach State (11/2) ... A Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete.

PEPPERDINE 2012: 2012 ACWPC All-America honorable mention selection ... MPSF All-Academic team selection ... .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).

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: Born in Budapest, 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.

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