Water Polo Finishes 6th At Stanford Invite

San Jose State finished sixth overall in the two-day Stanford Invitational Water Polo Tournament held at the Avery Aquatics Center. With a 1-3 record against the nation’s best teams, the Spartan record now stands at 6-4 overall.

 

Sunday morning, head coach Lou Tully and the Spartans faced off with the top-ranked UCLA Bruins. After quickly falling behind in the first quarter, the Spartans found their groove and played the Bruins even through the rest of the way.

 

“We spotted them five in the first playing an ill-advised defense,” Tully said. “We made the switch and played them head up until the end of the game.”

 

Sophomore Bridget McKee and freshman Adrianna Vogt both scored twice for the Spartans while senior goalkeeper Kendra Adama recorded five saves in the cage.

 

In the 5th place match, the Spartans battled #5 Cal for the second time in two weeks and the improvement in San Jose State was evident. After a slow start and trailing 4-1 entering the break, the Spartans erupted for six goals in the second half, sending the game into overtime. In the extra time, Cal’s experience proved the difference in the 9-8 final.

 

Beth Harberts paced the scoring with three goals and McKee added two.

 

“We’re heading in the right direction, we just need to learn how to win these one-goal games,” added Tully.