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No. 2 Men's Water Polo Defeats No. 4 UC Irvine
By: UCLA Athletics

Nov. 8, 1998

WESTWOOD, Calif. -- The No. 2 UCLA Bruin men's water polo team defeated the No. 4 UC Irvine Anteaters, 9-6, in a critical Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) conference game at UCLA's Sunset Recreation Center. The Bruins and Anteaters, who are among the teams fighting for post-season seedings and NCAA berths, had already met twice this season, resulting in a 1-1 split between the squads. Today's win gives the Bruins a 2-1 1998 edge.

The Bruins (15-3 overall, 6-1 MPSF) never trailed in today's game, posting a 2-0 advantage in the first seven-minute period, and leading 8-2 going into the fourth quarter. UCLA's stifling defense, guided by junior goalkeeper Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS), held the Anteaters scoreless in the first and third quarters of play, and did not allow UC Irvine to score in four man-down situations. The Anteaters notched three goals, including one two- pointer, in the final quarter to bring themselves to a score of 8-6, but Bruin Andy Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS) netted the final goal with 40 seconds remaining to put the game away.

UCLA senior co-captain Sam Grayeli (Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa HS) led the Bruins in scoring with three goals, and sophomore two-meter man Sean Kern (Honolulu HI, Punahou HS) hit the back of the net twice. The Bruins held UC Irvine's Ryan Bailey, the MPSF's leading scorer, to only two goals, while senior Jason Gabarra notched three points, including one two-pointer, to lead the Anteaters. With today's loss, Irvine falls to 15-6 overall, 4-2 in MPSF action.

UCLA returns to the pool on Sunday, November 15, for a crucial MPSF match with cross-town rival USC. The top-ranked Trojans host the Bruins at McDonald's Swim Stadium on the USC campus at noon.

UC Irvine    0 2 0 4= 6
UCLA         2 3 3 1= 9

UCI: Jason Gabarra 3 (1 2pt.), Ryan Bailey 2, Dan Klatt.
UCLA: Sam Grayeli 3, Sean Kern 2, Andy Bailey, Aaron Harries,
Jeff Pflueger, Adam Wright.

Saves: UC Irvine-Genai Kerr 9, UCLA-Parsa Bonderson 10.

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vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
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Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
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Los Angeles, CA
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