Santa Clara, Calif.-----Bridget McKee, Dani Curran and Adriana Vogt each scored six times in two matches as #6-ranked San Jose State University posted a pair of non-conference wins in The Bronco women's water polo tournament hosted by Santa Clara University.
The Spartans (16-10) led from start to finish in a 16-8 victory over #17-UC San Diego. San Jose State concluded its day's action breaking open a 6-6 second-quarter tie with Cal State Bakersfield (14-18) en route to a 13-9 victory.
"Against UC San Diego, our players came out with a lot of energy at the beginning of the game. We had real good ball control and our defense was good. I was pleased, generally, with the whole game. I thought we did a good job," said San Jose State coach Lou Tully, who team had not played since a 12-5 loss to #4-UCLA on March 28. "Against Bakersfield, we did well except for the second quarter. We just didn't have quite the spark and were getting kicked out a lot."
The 28 goals are the most the Spartans have scored in any single day this season. Eight San Jose State players found the cage during the day.
"We moved some people around to different spots. We mixed things up a little bit, because we became kind of predictable. By moving people around that seemed to help," added the San Jose State coach.
CAREER BEST FOR SCHMIDBAUER; McKEE MOVES UP CAREER SCORING LIST
McKee and Curran each scored four times in the UC San Diego victory as the Spartans ended a two-match losing streak. McKee's first-match output equalled her 2010 single-match season high of four in the January 23 Colorado State victory.
Meagan Minson and Lauren Lewis divided the San Jose State goalkeeping chores against UC San Diego. Minson was credited with five saves and Lewis, two.
Janessa Schmidbauer scored a single-game major college best three times and put the Spartans ahead to stay, 7-6, late in the second quarter in the 13-9 win over Cal State Bakersfield. Vogt, who became just the fourth San Jose State player with multiple 50-goal seasons in the UC San Diego win, matched Schmidbauer in the scoring column with three. Curran and McKee, who moved into a fourth place tie, each scored twice.
"It was real important for us to get back on the winning track and set the tone for the next week of training and our match with Hawaii," said co-captain Kathryn Hannum, who scored in each win.
"We had real good awareness on both offense and defense. On offense, we were able to find the open person. On defense, we were real aware and were able to help back and help our other teammates," said McKee, who moved into a fourth place tie with Neva West on the San Jose State career scoring list with her final goal of the day against Cal State Bakersfield - her 154th in her three-plus seasons. "We had a lot of all-around scoring and I think that was a function of how we've been working this week trying to get offense going on both sides of the pool."
Minson played the entire match in goal against Cal State Bakersfield and was credited with 10 saves.
San Jose State returns to action Friday, April 16, with an exhibition match against a Canadian National Team. The Spartans are back in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation competition, Saturday, April 17, against Hawaii. Both matches take place on the University of Hawaii campus.
The Bronco Women's Water Polo Tournament
Leavey Aquatics Center, Santa Clara, Calif.
April 10, 2010
#17-UC San Diego (13-15) 2-2-3-1=8
#6-San Jose State (15-10) 6-5-2-3=16
UC San Diego - Hanalei Crowell, 3; Kirsten Bates, Stephanie Henrich, 2; Felicia Orozco, 1.
San Jose State - Bridget McKee, Dani Curran, 4; Adriana Vogt, 3; Allie Stewart, 2; Katie Buzzetta, Kathryn Hannum, Janessa Schmidbauer, 1.
UC San Diego - 8 (Markayla Quane, 3; Allie Taylor, 5)
San Jose State - 7 (Meagan Minson, 5; Lauren Lewis, 2)
#20-Cal State Bakersfield (14-18) 2-4-1-2=9
#6-San Jose State (16-10) 5-2-3-3=13
Cal State Bakersfield - Tammy Barksdale, 3; Kaitlin Torres, 2; Malia Pahoa, Brittani Marquez, Kerinn Fields, Jessica Browning, 1.
San Jose State - Janessa Schmidbauer, Adriana Vogt, 3; Kathryn Hannum, Dani Curran, Bridget McKee, 2; Ally Waasted, 1.
Cal State Bakersfield - Megan Wetherbee, 12.
San Jose State - Meagan Minson, 10.