Women's Water Polo Opens MPSF Play Hosting #1-Ranked UCLA

Victoria Smith's three goals in last year's 8-6 loss to UCLA were high for the Spartans.
Feb. 25, 2015

After winning three-of-four matches in the recently-completed UC Irvine Invitational women's water polo tournament, San Jose State University opens Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play hosting #1-ranked UCLA, Sunday, March 1.

The Spartan Digital Network will stream the conference-opening match for both teams live from The Aquatics Center live starting at 1:00 p.m.

San Jose State (12-4, 0-0 MPSF) brings a three-match winning streak and its ninth-place at the UC Irvine Invitational into MPSF match-up. The Spartans are ranked ninth in the February 25 Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association poll.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State6
#2-UCLA8
April 12, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif.
#2-UCLA Holds On For 8-6 Win Over #6-San Jose State
San Jose State and UCLA were tied, 4-4, at halftime before the Bruins scored three in a row en route to the win.

UCLA (14-1, 0-0 MPSF) moved into the national poll's number-one spot after winning the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational with a 7-6 overtime triumph over previously unbeaten Stanford. The Bruins have a five-match winning streak on the line

The San Jose State-UCLA match is the second time this season the Spartans are facing the top team in the national coaches' poll. Earlier in the year, San Jose State lost to #1-Stanford, 11-8. The Spartans are looking for their first win over UCLA in 29 tries dating back to the 1998 season.

For the Spartans to win, they must figure out a UCLA defense anchored by Sami Hill, last year's conference Player of the Year. Hill is allowing the opposition just 4.43 goals per match. Stanford's 10-6 win over the Bruins in the Stanford Invitational championship is the only time this season a team scored 10 times against UCLA.

San Jose State hopes it has the firepower to figure out the UCLA defense. Sophomore Clara Espar Llaquet with 41 goals and junior Rae Lekness with 40 rank fourth and fifth, respectively, in MPSF scoring. UCLA's Rachel Fattal, the MPSF Player of the Week for February 24, leads a balanced Bruin offense with 24 scores.


 

 

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly national poll

February 25, 2015

Rank, Team Points
1. UCLA 100
2. Stanford 95
3. USC 90
4. California 85
5. UC Irvine 80
6. Hawaii 75
7. Arizona State 70
8. Cal State Northridge 65
9. San José State 60
10. UC Davis 50
11. Princeton 48
12. San Diego State 44
13. Loyola Marymount 37
14. Pacific 35
15. Long Beach State 26
16. Indiana 21
17. Wagner 20
UC Santa Barbara 20
19. UC San Diego 17
20. Santa Clara 8