San Jose, Calif. – The No. 8 San Jose State University water polo team returns to action this weekend as they travel to Stockton, Calif. for a match-up with the Pacific Tigers. The March 31 match is slated for 12:00 p.m. at the Chris Kjeldsen Pool on the University of the Pacific campus. The Spartans have been on break since March 18 when they defeated the visiting Terrapins of Maryland, 10-6, in the San Jose State Aquatics Center.
This is the first match-up between the Spartans and Tigers this season. San Jose State owns a 9-9 record this season and a 2-4 record in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. Pacific is 5-15 this season with an 0-5 MPSF record.
Sophomore Juliet Moss leads the Spartans on offense with 33 goals this season. The San Jose, Calif., native ranks 10th in the conference and 48th in the nation for her offensive efforts. Alexis Higlett and Beth Harberts follow Moss in the rankings with a 25th and 26th place standing in the MPSF for goals. Higlett has notched 29 goals and Harberts has posted 27.
For the Tigers, Sarah Harris, a freshman, leads the league in goals with 68. She averages 3.58 goals per game. She ranks fifth nationally. Also in the top-10 in the MPSF for Pacific is sophomore Kellie Fletcher. Fletcher has notched 43 goals this season.
In the cage, junior Kendra Adama is 14th in the nation with 157 saves in 2007. The Redlands, Calif., native averages 5.8 saves per game. In goal for the Tigers, Jill Hauck ranks ninth in the league with 38 saves.
The Spartans currently lead the series with Pacific, 14-2. San Jose State has won 13 straight games and has not lost to the Tigers since the inaugural season of the program in 1998.
San Jose State will be on the road again next weekend as they travel to Long Beach State and UC Irvine on April 6 and 7, respectively.