Atakan Destici
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Atakan  Destici

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Istanbul, Turkey

High School:
Istek Acibadem Anatolian

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 170

Position:
UTL

Major:
Pre-Arts & Sciences


11/29/2017

Men’s Water Polo Makes History on NCAA Run

Colonials set numerous program marks this fall

11/25/2017

Men's Water Polo Falls in NCAA Thriller

Colonials closed a memorable fall with Saturday's loss at Harvard

11/22/2017

Seniors Savor Men's Water Polo Turnaround

Senior class has seen it all on GW's rise to NCAA Tournament

11/19/2017

Men's Water Polo Claims First MAWPC Title, NCAA Bid

The Colonials knocked off Wagner in Sunday's conference final

11/18/2017

Men's Water Polo Headed Back to MAWPC Final

Colonials rallied to beat Fordham in overtime Saturday

2017
All-MAWPC-East First Team...All-MAWPC Championship Second Team...Set a program record with 77 assists in helping the Colonials to their first MAWPC title and NCAA Tournament berth...Also scored 58 goals...His 135 points rank third for a single season in program history...Recorded a team-high 22 field blocks, which ranks fourth on the program's single season list...Posted two goals and four assists in a win over Salem International (9/3)....Finished with a goal, four assists, two steals and a field block against Harvard (9/16)....Produced two goals and five assists in a win at Navy (9/23)....Netted a season-high six goals and chipped in a goal and four steals in a home win over Wagner (9/30)....Recorded four goals, three assists and a season-high seven steals in an overtime win at MIT (10/12)....Set a career high with six assists in a win over Johns Hopkins (10/20)...Equaled a season-high with nine points via five goals and four assists in a home win over Navy (10/21)...Set a program record with nine assists in the MAWPC semifinal win over Fordham (11/18)...Scored a team-high three goals and added an assist in the MAWPC final win over Wagner (11/19)...Tallied a team-high four goals, plus two assists, three steals and three field blocks, in the NCAA Tournament matchup with Harvard (11/25).

2016
A CWPA Honorable Mention All-American and first team All-MAWPC selection ... a member of the MAWPC Championship All-Tournament first team ... Team MVP ... led the team in points (127), goals (82), assists (45) and steals (87) ... scored a game-high five goals in his collegiate debut vs. No. 13 Brown (Sept. 3) ... recorded a hat trick the same day vs. MIT ... had four goals vs. Iona (Sept. 9) ... scored the overtime game-winner vs. No. 15 Air Force on Sept. 10, giving GW its first win over a ranked opponent since 2014, and finished the game with three goals ... scored a career-high eight goals in a 16-9 home victory over Wagner (Sept. 24) while adding three steals ... followed that up with six goals, four assists and a career-high six steals that afternoon in a win over Fordham ... led the team with five goals vs. No. 13 Bucknell (Sept. 25) while adding a pair of field blocks ... named Colonial of the Week and earned CWPA Honor Roll for his play Sept. 24-25 ... scored four goals while adding a team-high three assists and five steals in a win at Fordham (Oct. 2) ... scored both of his goals in the fourth quarter to help GW come from behind and defeat No. 9 Bucknell (Oct. 8) ... had a team-high six goals at No. 4 Pacific (Oct. 20) ... led GW with six goals and four steals in a win at Fresno Pacific (Oct. 21) ... tallied team highs in goals (2), assists (2) and steals (4) vs. San Jose State (Oct. 22) ... scored two goals while tallying a team-high four assists and three steals in a home win over Navy (10/29) ... led the team with three goals, three assists and six steals at Johns Hopkins (11/4) ... scored a game-high five goals in a win at Navy (11/5) ... scored five goals while assisting on six more along with four steals in a MAWPC quarterfinal win over Mercyhurst (11/18) ... led the team with four goals, three assists and four steals in a 12-10 MAWPC semifinal win over Johns Hopkins (Nov. 19) ... had four steals in the MAWPC Championship game vs. Bucknell (Nov. 20).

HIGH SCHOOL
Member of the Turkish Senior National Team ... Captained the Turkish Junior National Team ... One of seven athletes who were selected to the All-Tournament Team at the 2014 Junior World Championships.

PERSONAL
Atakan Destici ... Born March 9, 1997, in Istanbul, Turkey ... Son of Aynur and Ilkay Destici ... Intends to major in business or systems engineering.

CAREER HIGHS
Goals 8 vs. Wagner (9/24/16)
Assists 9 vs. Fordham (11/18/2017) *Program Record*
Points 11 vs. Mercyhurst (11/18/16)
Steals 7 at MIT (10/12/17)
Blocks 3 3x, Last at Harvard (11/25/17)

CAREER STATISTICS
Year Goals Assists Points Shots Pct. Steals ED Blocks
2016 82 45 127 203 .404 87 34 11
2017 58 77 135 141 .411 58 31 22
TOTAL 140 122 262 344 .406 145 65 33

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