Defense Plays Tight in Water Polo Victory

Irvine, Calif. San Jose State University rode their strong defense to defeat No. 11 Arizona State, 9-6, on Saturday, February 24, in the first round of the UC Irvine Tournament.  The No. 6 Spartans (5-5) were led by Kendra Adama’s 14 saves and Beth Harberts three goal effort to beat the Sun Devils (1-5) for the second time this season.

San Jose State started out strong, gaining a 2-1 advantage after the first period.  The Spartans matched the Sun Devils three-goal burst in the second quarter, finishing the first half leading 5-4.  In the second half, San Jose State defense clamped down and held the Sun Devils to two-second half goals.  The Spartan offense kept the pressure on Arizona State, scoring four times in the second half, including three goals in the final quarter to seal the victory, 9-6.

With three goals on Saturday, Beth Harberts leads the team with 16 goals.  It was the fifth time this season the senior has had a multiple-goal performance, the third time she has scored three or more goals in a game.  With her three-goal performance, Harberts continued her success against Arizona State.  Halberts scored four times earlier this year against Arizona State in an 11-10 victory on February 3, which tied a career high from 2003 where she scored four times against the Sun Devils as a freshman.  Of her 16 goals on the season, seven have come against Arizona State.

Kendra Adama continued her strong start, recording a season-best 14 saves.  Adama played a pivotal role in the impressive Spartan defense.  The two-goal Sun Devil second half tied a season best for the improving San Jose State defense.  Saturday’s game was the second time the Spartans have only yielded only two goals in a second half this season, doing it against Cal State Northridge in a 12-7 victory on February 17.

Bridget McKee, Tanya Torres, Angela Riddle, Geraldine Hazlett, Deanna Lowry, and Juliet Moss all added one goal apiece to help the Spartans to their fifth win of the season.

Although Arizona State is a fellow member of the MPSF, Saturday’s match is not counted toward the conference record since the game was part of a non-conference tournament.  

The Spartans will continue the UC Irvine Tournament, facing off against No. 2 Stanford later today, at 4:30 p.m.

No. 6 San Jose State 9, No. 11 Arizona State 6

Team 1 2 3 4 TOTAL
Arizona State (1-5) 1 3 1 1 6
San Jose State (5-5) 2 3 1 3 9

GOALS
ASU Hedley-2, Williams, Stepp, Doud, Chapman.
SJSU Beth Harberts-3, Bridget McKee, Tanya Torres, Angela Riddle, Geraldine Hazlett, Deanna Lowry, Juliet Moss.

SAVES
ASU Wallace-8
SJSU Kendra Adama - 14