Aug. 30, 2006
Bridgeport, Pa. - The UCLA men's water polo team will begin its 2006 campaign ranked third in the nation, according to the preseason poll released Wednesday afternoon by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Bruins received 91 points in the poll and were ranked behind No. 1 California (99) and No. 2 USC (95).
The top six teams in the top-20 poll all compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) - California, USC, UCLA, Stanford, Pacific and Pepperdine. Similarly, all nine MPSF school are ranked within the top 12 teams.
UCLA finished the 2005 season ranked fifth nationally after posting a strong 21-8 record and 5-3 MPSF mark. Led by eighth-year head coach Adam Krikorian, the Bruins hope to capture the ninth NCAA championship in program history. UCLA's regular season begins Thursday, Sept. 14 against Cal Baptist at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on the UCLA campus. Game time is 4:30 p.m.
|2006 Men's Collegiate Preseason Top-20 Poll|
|7||UC San Diego||68|
|10||UC Santa Barbara||54|
|11t||St. Francis College (NY)||50|
|11t||Long Beach State||50|
|13||U.S. Naval Academy||42|