Santa Clara, Calif.-----#7-ranked San Jose State University made it 11-out-of-12 with a pair of victories in first-day action at the Bronco Invitational women's water polo tournament.
The Spartans (18-9) posted their two most one-sided wins of the season defeating #20-ranked UC San Diego, 12-5, and unranked Cal State Bakersfield, 16-5.
Freshman Timi Molnar scored seven goals on the day including a team-best four in the win over UC San Diego. Senior Adriana Vogt was next with six scores highlighted by a five-goal performance against Cal State Bakersfield.
Yet, it was San Jose State's defense that was stellar throughout the day. The Spartans have not allowed an opponent to score in double figures in any of their last seven matches and three of the last five foes only managed to find the cage just five times.
"Defense wins games. We know that. I thought the team did a good job defensively in both games," San Jose State head coach Lou Tully said at the end of the doubleheader sweep. "The women played really well. I was pleased.
"A lot of (good) defense is communication and they're doing a lot of that. When we're on, talking to each other and playing smart, then we're pretty effective on defense. That was nice to see, because that is a point of emphasis (for us)."
"I think we played really well. We executed our offense and our defense. We were helping back (on defense) and helping each other a lot. We played like a team," said goalkeeper Meagan Minson, who made 15 saves in seven quarters of action.
"We played very good team defense and we ran our offense. Defense was key."
Tully was able to play all his field players and goalies Minson and Lauren Lewis before the end of the day. Lewis made four saves in the fourth quarter of the Cal State Bakersfield win and sophomore Kimber Methvin had her best day of the season.
"Kimber, on the day, had some real nice shots. We've trying to get her to be more aggressive, be down there on 'set,' and get quick shots. She did that and that was nice to see. She had opportunities and took advantage of them," Tully said.
"It nice to see that practice is paying off," said Methvin, who ended a scoring drought that stretched back to February 5 with two goals in each win.
The Spartans can notch their second 20-win season in the last three years with two more wins in the Bronco Invitational. San Jose State faces host Santa Clara and Sonoma State, Sunday, April 10. The Santa Clara match is at noon while the Sonoma State encounter is at 5:20 p.m.
"Personally, it means we're doing what we need to do in practice, taking our game seriously and coming in and winning," Methvin added about the Spartans' current run of success.
Santa Clara Bronco Invitational women's water polo tournament
Sullivan Aquatic Center, Santa Clara, Calif.
April 9, 2011
UC San Diego (11-16) 1-1-2-1=5
San Jose State (17-9) 2-5-2-3=12
UC San Diego - Sarah Lizotte, 3; Melissa Bartow, Kim McComas, 1, each.
San Jose State - Timi Molnar, 4; Allie Stewart, Kimber Methvin, 2, each; Ally Waasted, Dani Curran, Adriana Vogt, Alisa Argend, 1, each.
UC San Diego - Allie Taylor, 8 saves.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 7 saves.
Cal State Bakersfield (6-25) 2-0-2-1=5
San Jose State (18-9) 2-4-7-3=16
Cal State Bakersfield - Haylie Glandon, Biance Adams, Jessica Browning, Shannon McKenzie, Jill Charlesworth, 1 each.
San Jose State Adriana Vogt, 5; Timi Molnar, 3; Kimber Methvin, Rachel Henry, 2, each; Kelly Stewart, Megan Lane, Ally Waasted, Allie Stewart, 1, each.
Cal State Bakersfield - Megan Pezzolla, 8; Chiyeko Morisaki, 2.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 8; Lauren Lewis, 4.