San Jose State #16 In Preseason National Men's Water Polo Poll

Head coach Bruce Watson is ready for the 2015 season to begin.
Aug. 27, 2015

Bridgeport, Pa.----- With a 34-year gap between matches coming to a close, the respect and anticipation for the reinstated San Jose State University men's water polo team shows in the Men's Varsity Preseason National Top-20 coaches poll managed by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA).

The Spartans are ranked 16th as head coach Bruce Watson still has players battling for roster spots and playing time prior to the September 5 season opener against Santa Clara University in the Aquatics Center at noon. Admission is free and a capacity crowd is expected for the first home match since 1981. Additional grandstands around the pool will be in place.

"We are honored to be ranked 16th in the preseason pool, without playing a game. It seems like other coaches have the same high expectations for us that we have for ourselves," says the San Jose State head coach.

The Spartans' history as one of the top teams in the country includes four top-five NCAA Championship finishes in the 1970's. The 1971 San Jose State team finished second at the NCAA Championship.

Defending NCAA champion UCLA tops the preseason coaches poll. USC, Cal, Stanford and Pacific, all Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams on the Spartans' schedule, round out the top five teams.

Rank, Team Points
1. UCLA 99
2. USC 93
3. California 90
4. Stanford 87
5. Pacific 78
6. Long Beach State 75
7. UC Santa Barbara 66
8. Pepperdine 54
9. UC Irvine 53
10. UC San Diego 52
11. Brown 45
  Princeton 45
13. UC Davis 44
14. Loyola Marymount 41
15. Navy 26
16. San Jose State 17
17. St. Francis (N.Y.) 15
    Air Force 15
19. M.I.T. 14
    Bucknell 14