San Jose, Calif.-----Back on the winning track after knocking off two teams in the top-10, the San Jose State University women's water polo team returns to The Aquatics Center with a chance for its first home win of the season.
The Spartans (9-8, 0-2 MPSF) host San Diego State (10-5, 0-0 MPSF), Saturday, March 6, at noon in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. San Jose State closes out the week hosting UC Irvine (7-7), Sunday, March 7. Both Spartan opponents face Stanford the day before taking on San Jose State.
"For me, that last game (against Michigan) set the tone for what we needed to finish out our season. It shows what we can do and what we're capable of. We have a lot of potential. Personally, I think we have a very young team. We only have two seniors," said Adriana Vogt, the team's leading scorer with 26 goals.
"Once you find that ability where you are capable of playing at that level, hopefully, you can keep it there and that's our goal for the weekend."
Vogt made reference to the 10-3 win over then #5-ranked Michigan in the seventh-place game of the UC Irvine Invitational on February 28. The Spartans limited the Wolverines to their lowest single-game scoring output of the season. San Jose State opened the invitational with a 9-8 win over then #7-Loyola Marymount with Vogt pouring in the game-winning score with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The two wins propelled San Jose State to seventh in the March 3 national coaches' poll. The Spartans move up the poll was the most significant positive move of the week. San Diego State is ranked 14th and UC Irvine, 13th, in the latest poll.
"The definition of 'team' came out, too (against Loyola Marymount). There was more consistency with helping each other out on defense," Vogt pointed out.
"Help defense is the most important thing in water polo...With Michigan, everyone was helping everyone. No one was ever left out to dry. When people are left out to dry, you get goals scored on you."
Heading into a stretch of five home matches in the next three weeks, the Spartans' leading scorer and one of the top-10 scorers in school history with 121 goals knows she and her teammates need to be at the top of their game.
"This year, in water polo, there are upsets left and right...This weekend will be fun. I think it's going to be a great weekend for us, especially, since now we've found that level of play. Hopefully, we come out this weekend, keep pushing it like we did against Michigan and learn to be on that consistent basis," concluded Vogt, 11th in the MPSF in scoring.
There is no charge for admission to San Jose State women's water polo matches at The Aquatics Center.