Spartans Up to #8; Host #3 USC In Home Finale

Playing its second top-five ranked team in six days, #8-ranked San Jose State University hosts #3-University of Southern California in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) women's water polo match, Friday, April 6.

            The Spartans' final home and MPSF match of the season starts at 1:00 p.m. in The Aquatics Center on the San Jose State campus.

            Head coach Lou Tully's team (14-9, 2-4 MPSF) has won seven of its last nine. Only a pair of two-goal losses at #1-UCLA and to #4-Arizona State interrupted the Spartans' recent surge up the polls.  San Jose State dropped to #12 at the beginning of March, but wins at #17-Hawaii and at home last week against #8-San Diego State helped the Spartans regain a spot in the top-10.

            USC (17-3, 4-1 MPSF) has a six-match winning streak and victories in seven of its last eight. The only recent blemish is a one-goal loss to UCLA to open MPSF action at the beginning of March. The Trojans are one of the three conference teams averaging at least 11 goals a match. Sophomore Kaleigh Gilchrist leads USC in scoring with 34 goals.

            San Jose State's top scorer during its recent burst is junior Anna Natalizio who has a nine-match multi-goal streak on the line. She is ninth in the MPSF in scoring with 43 tallies in 23 matches. Senior Dani Curran remains the Spartans' scoring leader with 45 goals.

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association
April 4 weekly national poll

1. UCLA 100
2. Stanford  95
3. USC  90
4. Arizona State  85
5. California  80
6. UC Irvine  75
7. Loyola Marymount  69
8. San Jose State  66
9. San Diego State  60
10. UC Davis  53
11. Maryland  48
12. Indiana  46
13. Michigan  41
14. Princeton  36
15. UC Santa Barbara  29
16. Hawai'i  24
17. Cal State Northridge  20
18. UC San Diego  15
19. Cal Baptist   9
20. Hartwick   8