Oct. 13, 2001
Senior two-meter Alfonso Tucay (Sr., Burbank/Burroughs) scored three goals in each of UCLA's two victories on the first day of the annual NorCal men's water polo tournament at Avery Aquatics Complex.
The second-ranked Bruins, now 7-1 overall this season, defeated No. 17 Air Force in the first match, 13-5. UCLA then pulled away from Long Beach State and topped the sixth-ranked 49ers, 10-8.
Sophomore driver Albert Garcia (So., Long Beach/Wilson) matched Tucay's hat trick in the opener and added two scores in the nightcap. Freshman Brett Ormsby (Fr., El Cajon/Valhalla) scored three times against Long Beach State to cap a four-goal day, while freshman goalkeeper Joe Axelrad (Studio City/Harvard-Westlake) completed his first collegiate start in net with five saves against Air Force.
By winning its group, UCLA gets a semifinal pairing with USC. The fourth-ranked Trojans, who fell to the Bruins last weekend 7-5, defeated UC Davis and Loyola Marymount to gain a rematch Sunday at 11:45 a.m. The winner plays either Pepperdine or top-ranked Stanford in the championship match, which is slated for 4:45 Sunday afternoon.
UCLA 3 5 1 4 -- 13
Air Force 1 2 2 0 -- 5
Air Force-Smith 2, Breitenbach 1, Shadrick 1, Ericksen 1
UCLA 3 1 2 4 -- 10
Long Beach St. 3 2 1 2 -- 8
UCLA-Ormsby 3, Tucay 3, Garcia 2, Pflueger 2
CSULB-Segesman 2, Miller 2, Wawrzynski 1, Holloway 1, Jewell 1, Aguilar 1