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Water Polo Prepares for Northern Califonia Tournament
By: UCLA Athletics

Oct. 5, 1998

This Week In Water Polo: The No. 2 Bruins (7-1 overall, 3-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) are off to a roaring start in '98, and will take this rare bye weekend to prepare for the Northern California Tournament, to be held October 17 and 18 at Stanford. UCLA is scheduled to join the top ten teams in the country at the annual tournament.

Last Week's Recap: The Bruins extended their undefeated conference standing on Friday, October 2, with a 5-4 MPSF victory over defending national champion Pepperdine. UCLA grabbed the hard-fought win when senior co-captain Sam Grayeli (Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa HS) scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 remaining in a tied game. Grayeli, playing against his younger brother Robert, a member of the Pepperdine squad, also tallied two steals and forced an offensive turnover. Five Bruins scored the team's five goals; Grayeli, and sophomores Andy Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS), Brian Brown (Santa Ana, Foothill HS), Dave Parker (Orinda, Miramonte HS), and Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS). Junior goalkeeper Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS) pulled down eight saves and limited the Waves to two man-advantage goals.

Who To Watch: The Bruins are outscoring opponents 63-44, thanks largely to sophomore Sean Kern's team-leading 19 goals. Kern (Honolulu, HI, Punahou HS), was last season's leading scorer and earned third-team All-MPSF and All-America honors. Parker follows Kern on the squad's scoring list, with 10 points and a current four-game scoring streak. Wright, the number three scorer (7 points), has netted goals in five of UCLA's eight games, and also leads the team in steals, with 13. Sophomore Blake Wellen (Mill Valley, Tamalpais HS) is on Wright's heels with 12 steals, and is the squad leader in assists, with 9.

UCLA Team Leaders ...

Total Points      Shooting %           Assists             Steals            Field Saves 
Sean Kern, 19     Jon Puffer, 100%     Blake Wellen, 9     Adam Wright, 13   Adam Wright, 6
Dave Parker, 10   Dave Parker, 53%     Adam Wright, 7      Blake Wellen, 12  Brian Brown 4
Adam Wright, 7    Sean Kern, 50%       Andy Bailey, 5      Sam Grayeli, 10   Sam Grayeli, 4
Andy Bailey, 6    Jeff Pflueger, 50%   Neil Hueston, 3     Andy Bailey, 5    Sean Kern, 4
Sam Grayeli, 6    Andy Bailey, 45%     James Palda, 2      Sean Kern, 5      Dave Parker, 3

EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
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
vs. SoCal Tournament
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
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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