Three Pepperdine Alums Representing Team USA at 2013 FINA World Championships
Olympian Merrill Moses, Matthew DeTrane and Jack Kocur Set to Take on Defending Olympic Gold Medalist Croatia July 22 in Barcelona, Spain
MALIBU, Calif. – Three Pepperdine alumni will represent the United States in the 2013 FINA World Championship beginning July 22 when Team USA takes on Croatia in the opening round in Barcelona, Spain. Current Waves assistant coach and 2012 Olympian Merrill Moses, 2013 graduate Matthew DeTrane will see action in the pool, while Jack Kocur will serve as assistant coach.
A two-time All-American at Pepperdine and the MVP of the 1997 NCAA Championship, Moses collected 63 saves for Team USA in the London Olympics and corralled 58 saves in the 2012 FINA World League Super Final. Moses served as co-head coach for the Waves in 2012 and helped the team rise to No. 4 in the national polls during the regular season.
An All-American for the Waves in his final season in Malibu, DeTrane ranked second on the team in goals (37) and was third in assists (21) and steals (13). DeTrane made his senior national team debut with four goals in the 2013 FINA World League Super Final in Chelyabinsk, Russia.
An All-American at Pepperdine and a member of the Waves 1997 NCAA title team, Kocur is in his first season on the Team USA coaching staff under head coach Dejan Udovicic. Kocur served as head coach at Pepperdine for six seasons and spent four as an assistant with water polo legend Terry Schroeder.
FINA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST SCHEDULE: USA Water Polo has announced broadcast coverage of the U.S. National Team competing in the 2013 FINA World Championships from Barcelona, Spain. Universal Sports Network and NBC will provide coverage of the event. Click the link below for the complete event schedule. NBC UNIVERSAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE
WAVES IN THE 2013 FOUR NATIONS TOURNAMENT: Both Moses and DeTrane saw plenty of action in the Four Nations Tournament July 15-17 in Serbia. Team USA posted a 2-1 record with wins against Canada (11-9) and China (14-8). The Americans dropped a 14-12 decision to tournament host Serbia in the finale. Moses split time in goal and collected 21 saves in three matches with a high of eight against China. DeTrane scored three goals, including a pair against Serbia.