October 14, 1998
This Week In Water Polo: The No. 2 Bruins (7-1 overall, 3-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) fresh off a week's rest, are anxious to return to the pool at the annual Northern California Tournament, which is scheduled to feature the nation's top-ten teams. The Bruins will travel to Stanford for the tournament, and have received the top seed in the 'B' bracket of the round-robin style competition. Joining UCLA's bracket are Long Beach State, UC San Diego, and St. Francis. Other top seeds are No. 1 USC, No. 3 Stanford, and No. 4 UC Irvine.
What's Ahead: The Bruins return to the Bay Area next weekend, October 24 and 25, to battle with No. 5 California and No. 3 Stanford. UCLA tangles with Cal in an MPSF matchup on Saturday at noon at Diablo Valley College, an off-campus pool the Golden Bears use while construction continues at Harmon Gym. The Bruins will re-visit Stanford, the site of the NorCal Tournament, on Sunday at noon in a non-conference game.
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. Dave Parker (Orinda, Miramonte HS) follows Kern on the squad's scoring list, with 10 points and a current four-game scoring streak. Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS), 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. Junior goalkeeper Parsa Bonderson has tallied 61 saves and is posting a 5.50 goals against average.