Spartans 11th In National Weekly Poll; UC Irvine Invitational Next

Victoria Smith is tied for 23rd in conference scoring.

Feb. 19, 2014

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Following three wins including a pair against nationally-ranked teams, San Jose State University is ranked 11th in the February 19 Collegiate Water Polo Association's weekly coaches poll.

The Spartans (11-5) moved up one spot after wins against #14-UC Davis and #17-Santa Clara. It is the second week in a row San Jose State ascended in the poll after dropping to #14 following the February 5 rankings.

San Jose State takes its three-match winning streak to the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational, Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23. The Spartans open tournament play with #7-Arizona State (6-3) on February 22 at 9:15 a.m. Both teams are averaging just over 12.8 goals per match. San Jose State passed the 200-goal mark in its 10-7 win over CSU Bakersfield on February 15 and is rapidly approaching the 2013 total of 238 in 24 matches.

Four Spartans, freshman Clara Espar Llaquet, sophomore Rae Lekness and juniors Timi Molnar and Victoria Smith, all rank among the top-25 scorers in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). Espar Llaquet is fourth with her 49 goals and 3.06 goals per match average. Lekness, the team's top scorer in 2013, is seventh with 40 scores. Molnar, who moved into sixth place on the San Jose State career-scoring list at 157 goals, is tied for 15th and Smith is tied for 23rd on the MPSF scoring chart.

Following the Arizona State match, the Spartans could face as many as three top-10 ranked teams. Fourteen of the 16 teams in the UC Irvine Invitational are ranked in the top-20.

Collegiate Water Polo Association weekly coaches' poll
February 19, 2014

Rank, Team Points
1. USC 100
2. Stanford 95
3. UCLA 90
4. California 85
5. UC Irvine 80
6. Hawai'i 74
7. Arizona State 71
8. Loyola Marymount 63
9. Princeton 61
10. Cal State Northridge 54
11. San Jose State 50
12. Long Beach State 45
13. UC San Diego 40
14. UC Davis 36
15. Indiana 33
16. UC Santa Barbara 24
17. Santa Clara 20
18. San Diego State 15
19. Cal Baptist 9
20. Hartwick 7