Oct. 15, 2005
BERKELEY, Calif. - UCLA's top-ranked men's water polo team is half way on its journey to defending its NorCal Tournament title. With wins over No. 15 UCSB and No. 7 Pepperdine Saturday at Spieker Aquatic Complex, the Bruins moved to within two wins of recapturing the tournament crown.
UCLA will face host California at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday morning for the right to play in the tournament's title match later in the day at 4:10 p.m.
Against UCSB, UCLA used two goals from junior Thomas Foley and single goals from six other Bruins to upend the Gauchos 8-3. Sophomore goalkeeper Matt Kellogg made nine saves in his first collegiate start in the cage.
Later in the afternoon against Pepperdine, UCLA got scores from five different players, including three from senior David Pietsch, as the Bruins hung on for an 8-7 win over the Waves. The victory is the second for UCLA over Pepperdine this season. Junior goalkeeper Will Didinger tallied six saves.
UCLA is 13-2 heading into Sunday's action.