San Jose State Faces Three Top-20 Teams At UCSB Winter Invite

McKenna Yates scored twice in the LouStrong Memorial tournament.
Jan. 22, 2015

The San José State University women's water polo team takes its unbeaten record to Santa Barbara for the UCSB Winter Invite, Friday and Saturday, January 23 and 24.

The Spartans (4-0) and ranked seventh in the first Collegiate Water Polo Association national coaches' poll of the season are facing three teams, Cal State Northridge (#11), Long Beach State (#12) and Michigan (#17), at the UCSB Winter Invite. San Jose State opens its weekend taking on Cal Baptist (0-2) in a January 23 match at 3:00 p.m.

San José State brings a high-scoring offense to the tournament like it did a year ago when the Spartans scored 52 times in four games coming away with a 3-1 record. Junior Rae Lekness already has 16 goals and senior Victoria Smith is off to her best start as a Spartan in the scoring column with 10. Sophomore Clara Espar Llaquet, the 2014 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation scoring leader, has nine goals in four matches. Twelve San Jose State players already have a goal to their credit.

Spartan head coach Johnny Bega liberally used his bench during the LouStrong Memorial tournament last week and that also covered his goalkeepers. Starter Katelynn Thompson averaged six saves a match. Freshmen Tayler Peters, Jessica Harris and Sara Northam played at least a half in one of the San Jose State contests in the LouStrong Memorial.



Notes: Lekness moved into ninth place on the San Jose State career scoring list with 146 goals at the conclusion of the LouStrong Memorial. Smith and Espar Llaquet each reached 100 career goals in the 17-4 win over Cal State East Bay on January 16. Seventeen of the 24 Spartans were recognized at halftime of January 21 San Jose State-Boise State women's basketball team for achieving at least a 3.00 or better 2014 fall semester grade-point average.

Collegiate Water Polo Association Weekly Coaches' Poll

January 21, 2015

Rank, Team Points
1. Stanford 99
2. UCLA 96
3. USC 90
4. California 86
5. Arizona State 80
6. UC Irvine 76
7. San José State 70
8. Hawai'i 63
9. Indiana 55
10. Princeton 54
11. Cal State Northridge 50
12. Long Beach State 47
13. UC San Diego 40
14. UC Santa Barbara 34
15. San Diego State 30
16. Loyola Marymount 22
17. Michigan 21
18. UC Davis 19
19. Pacific 9
20, tie. Havard 5
      Hartwick 5