Water Polo Stopped by USC, 14-4, in MPSF Tournament

Tempe, Ariz.-----The University of Southern California, ranked third nationally, led the entire game and posted a 14-4 victory over San Jose State University, ranked seventh nationally, in second-day action of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament.

The Spartans (15-12) were as close as 2-1 in the first quarter after Juliet Moss’ 49th goal of the season on a power play at 5:04.

“We played hard all the way through the match and didn’t play that poorly. USC is an outstanding team. They have a dominant 2-meter player in Kami Craig and played a balanced team game. Along with Stanford and UCLA, they’re definitely a cut above the rest,” said San Jose State coach Lou Tully.

Angela Riddle, Alexis Higlett and Deanna Lowry also scored for the Spartans.

“If there was one thing to point to, we did not shoot well. We had good looks and good opportunities, but we were not able to put the ball in the net. Our balls were high and our balls were wide,” added Tully about team’s lowest goal-scoring output in a game this season.

Goalkeeper Kendra Adama was credited with eight saves for San Jose State.

The Spartans continue action in the MPSF Tournament, Saturday, April 28, taking on #14 Long Beach State, in a 1:00 p.m. (MST). The winner will compete in the fifth-place game while the loser drops into the seventh place match on Sunday, April 29. In regular-season action, San Jose State knocked off Long Beach State, 13-6, as part of its school-record seven-game winning streak.

“Long Beach State wasn’t playing that well when we played in conference play. We must understand that it will be a different game against them tomorrow,” concluded Tully.

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament
#3-Southern California (19-4) 4 4 3 3 = 14
#7-San Jose State (15-12) 2 0 1 1 = 4

Goal scoring
Southern California Miranda Nichols, 4; Kami Craig, 3; Jordan Anae, Jana Wenger, 2; Carolyn Conway, Alexandra Kiss, Brittany Hayes, 1.
San Jose State Alexis Higlett, Deanna Lowry, Juliet Moss, Angela Riddle, 1.

Goalkeeper saves

Southern California Tumua Anae, 3; Whitney Morgan, 4.
San Jose State Kendra Adama, 8.