Looking for its first winning streak of the season, San Jose State University is one of 16 teams in the annual Barbara Kalbus Invitational women's water polo tournament, February 24-26.
Formerly known as the UC Irvine Invitational, the tournament covers three days at the UC Irvine Aquatics Center and at Corona del Mar Pool in nearby Newport Beach and features nine of the top-10 ranked teams in the country.
The #17-ranked Spartans (4-8) open against #4-California (10-1) in a February 24 match at 1:45 p.m. at the UC Irvine Aquatics Center. The teams are meeting for the third time this season. Cal has a pair of nine-goal non-conference wins over San Jose State this season.
San Jose State's second match will be against either #5-Arizona State (6-1) or #15-Long Beach State (4-4). The Spartans lost to the 49ers, 9-8 in overtime, at the Cal Speedo Cup on January 28.
Most recently, San Jose State defeated Occidental, 20-3, to close out the 37th annual Aggie Shootout hosted by UC Davis. Sheila Jensen, with a career-best five goals, and Kathryn Elgin, with four, led the way offensively for the Spartans in their highest scoring match of the season.
Goalkeeper Katelynn Thompson had a season-high 13 saves in her last match, a 9-6 loss to #11-Pacific.
Collegiate Water Polo Association weekly national coaches poll
February 22, 2017
|5. Arizona State||84|
|6. UC Irvine||78|
|9. UC Santa Barbara||66|
|12. San Diego State||54|
|13. UC Davis||50|
|15. Long Beach State||45|
|16. UC San Diego||40|
|17. San Jose State||37|
|20. Loyola Marymount||25|
|24. CSU Bakersfield||8|
|25. Cal Baptist||4|