San Jose State University, winners of nine of its last 10 matches, is one of three top-10 teams in the nine-team Bronco Invitational women's water polo tournament, April 8-10, at the Sullivan Aquatic Center on the Santa Clara University campus.
The Spartans (16-9, 2-3 MPSF) had their school record-tying nine-match winning streak stopped on April 2 by #4-ranked UCLA, 9-4, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match. San Jose State and UCLA were tied, 2-2, at halftime, but the Bruins scored three times in the final three minutes of the third quarter to pull away.
Despite the loss, San Jose State moved up to seventh in the April 6 weekly national coaches' poll. The Spartans last were seventh in the national rankings in the 2011 preseason poll.
San Jose State plays four matches in the Bronco Invitational, two on April 9 and two the next day. The Spartans open the tournament with #20 UC San Diego (11-15) and Cal State Bakersfield (6-23). Coach Lou Tully's squad concludes tournament competition with host Santa Clara (10-13) and Sonoma State (6-23).
#-5 Hawai'i and #9-Loyola Marymount are the other top-10 ranked teams in the field. Colorado State and Cal State San Bernardino are the remaining teams.
Ticket prices are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youths/seniors.
Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association
Weekly National Coaches' Poll
April 6, 2011
3. Southern California
7. San Jose State
8. Loyola Marymount
9. San Diego State
10. UC Irvine
11. Arizona State
13. Long Beach State
15. UC Santa Barbara
16. Cal State Northridge
17. UC Davis
20, tied. UC San Diego