Women's Water Polo 14th In National Poll; Heads To Stanford Invitational

Goalkeeper Maddie Reardon is coming off her best play of the season

Jan. 29, 2014

In its sternest test of the season, the San Jose State University women's water polo team will face four top-20 nationally-ranked teams at the Stanford Invitational, Saturday, February 1, and Sunday, February 2, at the Belardi Pool on the Stanford University campus.

The Spartans (7-2) and ranked 14th nationally in the January 29 Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly poll take on #4-California (6-0) and #16-Michigan (1-1) on February 1 at 10:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., respectively.

San Jose State then faces #3-UCLA (8-0) and either #2-Stanford, #6-Hawaii, #5-UC Irvine or #17-UC Davis on February 2. The UCLA match is at 9:10 a.m. and the Spartans' final contest takes place either at 1:00, 2:15 or 3:30 p.m.

The Spartans are coming off a 3-1 record at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invite on January 24 & 25. San Jose State topped #18-UC Santa Barbara and unranked Azusa Pacific and Fresno Pacific before losing an 11-6 decision to #5-UC Irvine.

Interim head coach Johnny Bega is taking one of the higher scoring teams to the eight-team Stanford Invitational. The Spartans are averaging 14.33 goals per match. Freshman Clara Espar Llaquet has 32 goals in the first nine matches to lead San Jose State. Sophomore Rae Lekness is next with 25.

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly national poll

January 29, 2014

Rank, Team Points
1. USC 99
2. Stanford 96
3. UCLA 90
4. California 84
5. UC Irvine 82
6. Hawaii 67
7. Princeton 62
8. UC San Diego 61
9. San Diego State 59
10. Arizona State 58
11. Loyola Marymount 50
12. Long Beach State 49
13. Indiana 42
14. San Jose State 41
15. Cal State Northridge 32
16. Michigan 21
17. UC Davis 18
18. UC Santa Barbara 16
19. Hartwick 14
20. Pacific   8