Bridgeport, Pa. - The San Jose State University water polo team is ranked seventh in the nation in the 2009 Women’s Varsity Preseason Top 20 poll released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association league office on Wednesday, January 14.
Thirteenth-year head coach Lou Tully’s Spartans, coming off a 2008 campaign in which they went 16-15 overall and 4-8 with a seventh-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, received 66 points for the seventh spot. San Jose State was rated eighth in last year’s final edition of the poll.
The University of Southern California garnered 99 points to earn the No. 1 ranking heading into the new season, after finishing 2008 at No. 2. The teams in between the Women of Troy and San Jose State, in order from second to sixth, are Stanford, four-time defending national champion UCLA, Hawai’i, California and San Diego State. Arizona State, UC Davis and Michigan round out the top 10.
San Jose State opens the 2009 season at the Michigan Kick-Off, hosted by the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday and Sunday, January 24-25. The Spartans start with No. 14 Cal State Northridge (6:30 a.m. PST) and Bucknell (11:30 a.m. PST) on the first day. They will then take on the host Wolverines, seven-time defending CWPA division champions and ranked No. 10 nationally and No. 1 in the CWPA, at 7:10 a.m. PST in day two activity inside the Canham Natatorium. Live stats will be available for that final game against UM here. The tournament field includes six of the top 14 teams in the country.
The Spartans’ home opener at The Aquatics Center on campus is set for a 4:00 p.m. start on Wednesday, February 4, against fourth-ranked MPSF foe Hawai’i.