#10-San Jose State Women's Water Polo Seeks Rebound At #8-California

Donia Momen is one of San Jose State's top scoring threats.
March 9, 2016

The San Jose State University women's water polo team aims to even its Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) record against the University of California, Saturday, March 12, at the Spieker Aquatic Complex. Match time is 1:00 p.m.

The Spartans (9-9, 0-1 MPSF) head into their second MPSF contest seeking to atone for a disappointing 17-3 loss to #3-Stanford in their conference opener. Despite the loss, San Jose State remained 10th in the weekly national coaches poll. Playing their third consecutive top-10 ranked team, the Spartans also want to end a two-match losing streak.

The Last Meeting
#4-California10  
San Jose State9(SV)
March 14, 2015
Aquatics Center
#9-Spartans Edged By #4-Cal, 10-9, In 4th Extra Period
After leading 3-0 in the first quarter, San Jose State needed two fourth-quarter goals and one in the second overtime before Cal won, 10-9.

San Jose State still has the MPSF's top scorer for the season in Rae Lekness. The senior from Calgary, Alberta, has 52 goals, but was kept off the scoresheet for the first time in 2016 in the March 5 match against Stanford. Carla Toha Vilanova (27), McKenna Yates (17), Kelli Leabo (14), Donia Momen (13) and Cara Robinson (11) are five more Spartans to score at least 10 goals this season.

For #8-ranked Cal (16-4, 0-0 MPSF), the Golden Bears split their last six matches, losing to #6-UC Davis, #4-Hawaii and #5-Michigan by no more than two goals in each contest. Sophomore Carla Carrega is Cal's leading scorer with 43 goals and third in the MPSF in scoring average behind San Jose State's Lekness and University of Southern California's Stephania Haralabidis.


 

 

Collegiate Water Polo Association weekly national coaches poll

March 9, 2016

Rank, Team Points
1. USC 100
2. UCLA 96
3. Stanford 92
4. Hawaii 88
5. Michigan 83
6. UC Davis 78
    UC Irvine 78
8. California 72
9. Arizona State 69
10. San Jose State 63
11. UC San Diego 58
12. UC Santa Barbara 50
      Pacific 50
14. Princeton 43
15. Loyola Marymount 39
16. Indiana 37
      Wagner 37
18. Harvard 35
19. Hartwick 32
20. San Diego State 26
21. Long Beach State 24
22. Iona 12
      Cal Baptist 12
24. Marist 9
      CSU Bakersfield 9