After four weekends of playing on the road, the #10-ranked San Jose State University women's water polo team opens its 2010 home schedule hosting top-ranked Stanford University, Saturday, February 20 at The Aquatics Center.
Match time for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contest is 12:00 p.m.
San Jose State (7-5, 0-1 MPSF) and Stanford (8-0, 0-0 MPSF) are meeting for the second time in two weeks. On February 7, the Cardinal defeated the Spartans, 15-6, in pool play of the Stanford Invitational. San Jose State trailed, 7-5 at halftime, before a three-goal, third-quarter outburst by Stanford gave the Cardinal a comfortable lead heading into the final quarter.
"We learned that we can play with them. We need to be really aware of what is going on," said sophomore Dani Curran, who led the Spartans in scoring with a pair of goals in the first meeting between these teams. "It's going to be tough. We have to work together really hard, but it will be okay."
Goalkeeper Meagan Minson, sixth in the conference in saves per match agreed with Curran that the Spartans can match their opponent that was a unanimous choice in the national coaches' poll as the number-one team in the country. Minson's caveat is San Jose State must play well the entire match. She also is looking forward to playing at home for the first time in 2010.
"It's a lot easier playing in your own pool. You know it so well. For me, it's knowing my own cages and the feel of my own water," Minson said.
Curran encourages all San Jose State followers to come out to The Aqautics Center for the battle between two of the top teams in the country.
"It's really exciting, because we can have our friends come from school and they can come and watch for free," said Curran, who ranks 11th among conference scorers with 12 goals in eight matches.
As Curran said, there is no admission charge. Parking is available in the nearby San Jose State University 7th Street garage. The cost to park is $8.00 per vehicle, payable at one of the kiosks in the garage.