#9-San Jose State Hosts #4-Cal In Key MPSF Women's Water Polo Match

Timi Molnar now is tied for third on the San José State career scoring list with 206 goals.
March 11, 2015

San Jose State University and the University of California, two teams looking to get back in the mix for the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) regular season championship, meet each Saturday, March 14, in a 1:00 p.m. match at San Jose State's Aquatics Center.

Each team is nationally ranked enjoying a fine overall season, but lost its MPSF opener to #1-ranked and conference co-leader UCLA. The Spartans (16-5, 0-1 MPSF), ranked #9 in the March 11 Collegiate Water Polo Association's weekly coaches poll, suffered a 7-3 loss to UCLA on March 1 to open MPSF action. On March 8, UCLA stopped #4-Cal (14-4, 0-1 MPSF), 10-3.

The Last Meeting
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#5-California8(OT)
April 25, 2014
Los Angeles, Calif.
San Jose State Edged By Cal, 8-7 In Overtime, At MPSF Tournament
Cal scored twice in the first overtime period and went to defeat San Jose State, 8-7, in a MPSF Tournament quarterfinal round match.

San Jose State heads into the Cal contest with a four-match winning streak capturing its wins by an aggregate score of 62-25. The Golden Bears are in the midst of a season-high three-match losing skid. The three losses are to top-three teams starting with current #2-ranked Stanford and #3-USC.

Cal, like the Spartans, has a lineup filled with explosive scorers. Sophomores Dora Antal (48 goals) and Anna Ilies (34 goals) are third and tenth in the conference in the goal scoring.

San Jose State counters with Clara Espar Llaquet and Rae Lekness as its one-two punch. Espar Llaquet exploded for 24 goals in four Harvard Invitational matching including a school record nine in only three quarters of play against Iona. She has a conference-high 66 for the season and ranks second in the MPSF in goals scored per match. Lekness is sixth in the MPSF averaging 2.25 goals a contest.

The Spartans' last win over Cal was a 14-13 overtime triumph in 2007 in the Aquatics Center. The last time these teams met was in the 2014 MPSF Tournament. Cal topped San Jose State, 8-7 in overtime. The Golden Bears have 16 consecutive victories over the Spartans.


 

 

There is no admission charge and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The match will be streamed on sjsuspartans.com/videos.

Collegiate Water Polo Association national weekly coaches' poll

March 11, 2015

Rank, Team Points
1. UCLA 100
2. Stanford 95
3. USC 90
4. California 85
5. UC Irvine 80
6. Arizona State 74
7. Cal State Northridge 68
8. Hawaii 67
9. San José State 61
10. Princeton 52
11. UC Davis 49
12. Loyola Marymount 37
13. Long Beach State 33
14. Pacific 30
15. Indiana 25
16. Wagner 24
17. UC Santa Barbara 18
18. Santa Clara 9
19, tie. Michigan 6
UC San Diego 6