Water Polo Ranks Sixth In Final National Poll

San Jose, Calif. With the conclusion of the 2007 women’s water polo season, the Collegiate Water Polo Association released its final national poll, ranking San Jose State University in sixth place. The Spartans finished the season with a 16-13 overall record and a 6-6 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation mark.

“I thought we did a good job,” said head coach Lou Tully, “particularly in the month of April. It’s a long season and April is always a tough month, but we made it. The team did well, especially our seniors and older players.

In the month of April, the team went 6-4 with victories over MPSF opponents Long Beach State, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara. The Spartans also competed in the MPSF Championshiip finishing sixth inthe 13-team tournament for their best finish since the 2002 championship.

San Jose State also went down in the record books earlier in the season with water polo’s first win over Cal. The Spartans defeated the Golden Bears 14-13 in overtime on February 10, 2007. The game took place in front of a packed home crowd at the Aquatics Center.

“It’s always a challenge because there are so many good teams out there,” said Tully. “We thought we could compete with them, and we did.”

Picking up an individual award for her stellar play this season was senior Beth Harberts. Harberts was named to the All-MPSF Second Team. The senior notched 35 goals in 2007 for a career total of 77, good enough for ninth place among all-time career leaders.

Even with the loss of top seniors like Harberts, Tully has a great outlook for the future of his team.

“We have high expectations for next year,” said Tully. “Our future is looking bright. We are losing some good seniors, but we have great returning players to help pick up the slack. In addition, we have a good group of newcomers coming in next year that will be a big help. We also have players who didn’t see much playing time this year that we will be looking to step up to make our team bigger, stronger and faster.”