#9-Spartans Face #2-USC In MPSF Opener

            For the third time this season, nationally-ranked San Jose State University and the University of Southern California will meet in women's water polo action. The stakes are higher for each as the march for a NCAA Championship big begins with quarterfinal round competition in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) tournament, April 27, at the Avery Aquatic Stadium on the Stanford University campus.

            The #9-ranked Spartans (18-11) and the #2-ranked Trojans (19-4) meet in a 2:30 p.m. match, the third of four quarterfinal round contests in the three-day tournament.

            San Jose State seeks its first win against USC this season and in program history dating back to 1997. The Trojans have wins of 14-5 in the Stanford Invitational and 8-5 in a MPSF match on April 6 at San Jose State.

            The Spartans closed out the regular season winning four of their last six matches.

            The winner of the San Jose State-USC match takes on the winner of the UCLA-San Diego State contest the next day, Saturday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. The losing teams will meet at 12:30 p.m.

Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association weekly national poll
April 25, 2011

1. Stanford
2. USC
3. UCLA
4. California
5. Arizona State
6. UC Irvine
7. Loyola Marymount
8. San Diego State
9. San Jose State
10, tie. UC Davis
10, tie. Michigan
12. Indiana
13. Princeton
14. Maryland
15, tie. Hawaii
15, tie. UC Santa Barbara
17. Hartwick
18. Cal Baptist
19. Cal State Northridge
20. Iona