Spartans Move Up In National Poll To #8

Interim head coach Johnny Bega has the Spartans averaging nearly 13 goals a match.

March 26, 2014

Bridgeport, Pa.----- Now with a season-high five-match winning streak, the San José State University women's water polo has its highest national weekly ranking of the season heading into its March 29 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) contest with #1-ranked and undefeated University of Southern California.

The conference contest between the #8-Spartans (18-9, 0-2 MPSF) and the Trojans (18-0, 3-0 MPSF) starts at noon at The Aquatics Center on the San Jose State campus.

San Jose State is eighth for the first time since the 2014 preseason coaches poll. The Spartans were tenth in the March 12 and ninth in the March 19 polls. In the last two weeks, San Jose State ended Princeton's bid for an undefeated season and 17-match winning streak and topped #14-Indiana and #20-Wagner. The win over then-#8 Princeton was San Jose State's second of the season against a top-10 ranked team.

USC is one of three teams without a conference loss. The defending NCAA champions top the MPSF in scoring average at 15.94 goals a match and in goals allowed at 4.06. The Trojans are facing a Spartan team with seven players who have 20 or more goals on the season.

San Jose State has the #2, #4, #16 and #23 scorers in the MPSF in Clara Espar Llaquet, Rae Lekness, Timi Molnar and Victoria Smith, respectively. Espar Llaquet leads the Spartans with 85 goals, one shy of the school's single-season record of 86 by Adriana Vogt in 2011, and has a goal in all 27 matches this season.

USC has won all 25 meetings between these teams. Twice, in 2004 and 2006, San Jose State came within two goals of the Trojans.

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly poll
March 26, 2014

Rank, School 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. San Jose State
66
9. Princeton
59
10. Hawaii
57
11. Loyola Marymount
46
12. Long Beach State 44
13. UC San Diego
42
14. Indiana
38
15. UC Davis
28
16. UC Santa Barbara
21
17. Michigan
18
18. Santa Clara
14
19. Hartwick 13
20. Wagner
7
   San Diego State
7