#8-Spartans Face Tough Test At UC Irvine Invitational

Timi Molnar enters the UC Irvine Invitational with 194 career goals.
Feb. 18, 2015

After two weekends off, the #8 nationally-ranked San Jose State University women's water polo team returns to action Saturday, February 21 for the first of two days and four matches at the UC Irvine Invitational.

The Spartans (9-3) begin the UC Irvine Invitational with #9-ranked Cal State Northridge (9-5) at 9:15 a.m. The winner of that match takes on either #1-ranked Stanford or #19-ranked Pacific in an afternoon contest. San Jose State concludes play with two more matches against top-20 ranked opponents on Sunday, February 22. This year's UC Irvine Invitational attracted the top 10 teams in the country and #13-UC Davis, #14-Michigan, #16-UC San Diego, #18-UC Santa Barbara, Pacific and #20-Loyola Marymount.

San Jose State owns a victory over Cal State Northridge this season. The Spartans edged the Matadors, 8-6, in the UCSB Winter Invite on January 23.

Coach Johnny Bega's team last was in the water at the Stanford Invitational on February 1. The Spartans finished sixth in the eight-team tournament after a 12-10 overtime loss to Hawaii, ranked #7 in the February 18 coaches national poll.

When San José State topped Cal State Northridge earlier in the season, senior Timi Molnar led the offensive charge with three goals. The two-time team captain enters the UC Irvine Invitational with 194 career goals and is bidding to become the fourth Spartan to reach the 200-goal plateau.

Junior Rae Lekness is the team's leading scorer with 33 goals and ranks fourth in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) in scoring at 2.75 goals per contest. Clara Espar Llaquet is seventh; Bianca Seyfert, 18th; and Victoria Smith, 21st among the MPSF's top-25 scorers.



Goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson made nine saves in the Cal State Northridge win on January 23. She ranks third in the conference in saves per match at 8.96 and seventh in goals allowed average at 7.14.

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly coaches' poll

February 18, 2015

Rank, Team Points
 1. Stanford 100
 2. UCLA 94
 3. Southern California 91
 4. California 86
 5. UC Irvine 80
 6. Arizona State 74
 7. Hawai'i 71
 8. San José State 65
 9. Cal State Northridge 60
10. San Diego State 50
11. Indiana 49
12. Princeton 47
13. UC Davis 39
14. Michigan 31
15. Long Beach State 29
16. UC San Diego 23
17. Wagner 17
18. UC Santa Barbara 14
19. Pacific 13
20. Loyola Marymount 10
      Hartwick 10