San Jose State Stays #10; Heads To #4-Cal

Interim head coach Johnny Bega already has four Spartans with 30 or more goals scored on the season.

March 5, 2014

For the second week in a row, the #10-San Jose State University women's water polo team takes on a top-five nationally ranked opponent in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) match when the Spartans face the University of California. The March 8 contest has a 1:00 p.m. start time at the Spieker Aquatic Complex.

San Jose State (13-8, 0-1 MPSF) looks to get back in the win column after a 16-9 loss to #3-Stanford in the opener for both teams. The Spartans' nine goals are the most scored by a San Jose State team against Stanford.

The Last Meeting
San Jose State8
#4-California9
February 1, 2014
Stanford, Calif.
#4-Cal (13-3, 0-0 MPSF) seeks to end a two-match losing streak after finishing fourth at the 16-team UC Irvine Invitational two weekends ago. The Golden Bears did not have a match the weekend of March 1 & 2.

Saturday's contest will be the second meeting of these teams this season. Cal edged the Spartans, 9-8, in a February 1 match during the Stanford Invitational.

The top two goal scorers in the MPSF will be action when the teams meet again. San Jose State freshman Clara Espar Llaquethas a 21-match scoring streak and a 2.90 goals per match (61 goals) average at the midway point of the season. Cal freshman Dora Antal is the MPSF's leading scorer in goals per match at 3.25 per contest. The Spartans come into the contest averaging 12.2 goals a match, just behind the 13.75 figure for the Golden Bears.

San Jose State has three more starters among the MPSF's top scorers - Rae Lekness, fourth with a 2.67 average (56 goals); Timi Molnar, tied for 14th at 1.67 per match (35 goals); and Victoria Smith, tied for 20th with a 1.43 average (30 goals).

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly national poll

March 5, 2014

Rank, Team Points

1. USC

100
2. UCLA     95

3. Stanford    

90

4. California           

85
5. Arizona State     80

6. UC Irvine

76
7. Cal State Northridge 67
8. Princeton 65

9. Loyola Marymount

60

10. San Jose State

 52

11. UC San Diego

51
12. Long Beach State   45

13. Hawaii           

43

14. Indiana           

39
15. UC Davis            26
16. San Diego State           24

17. UC Santa Barbara

22

18. Santa Clara          

14
19. Hartwick           9

20. Michigan           

8