|High School:||Mission San Jose|
HIGH SCHOOL: Attended Mission San Jose High School in Fremont, Calif. … four-year Varsity member … led her team in goals (98), assists (47) and steals (35) in her senior season … team captain and named team MVP both her her junior and senior year … named to the 2012 First-Team MVAL All-League … 2011 Second-Team MVAL All-League and was an Academic All-American … led her team in goals (51) and steals (60) her junior season … led her team to advance to NCS in 2010 and 2011 … played for the Warriors’ coaches Joe Martinez, Aaron Shilling, James Dunsford, and Cory Audiat … played club water polo for West Coast Aquatics … swam for the Highlands Swim Team.
PERSONAL: Born in Fremont, Calif. … daughter of Don and Fran Akerland … has one brother, Marcus, who also played water polo at Santa Clara … she enjoys going to the beach, doing yoga, watching movies and eating ice cream mocha … aspired to start her own business.
“SCU has been a part of my family for over 35 years. My dad works here as an architect and my brother attended SCU from 2008-12. Santa Clara has a beautiful campus, a great facility and small class sizes. Their women’s water polo team is made up of talented girls that I can learn a lot from. I didn’t know exactly what to expect my freshman year, but SCU has turned out to be a perfect fit for me.”