Feb. 14, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA Bruins (8-1 overall, 1-0 MPSF) will have the week off to prepare for the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, which will be held February 26-27.
Bruins at the UCSD Invitational: After capturing the Rainbow Wahine title earlier this month, UCLA earned its second consecutive tournament title of the season at the UC San Diego Arena NoGrip Invitational this past weekend. The Bruins were 5-1 at the tournament and pummeled opponents 59-20.
In the Championship match this past Sunday, UCLA held off a late Cal rally to capture the title with a 6-5 win. To reach the final, both teams pulled off upsets of previously unbeaten teams, setting up a surprising pairing in the Championship Game. UCLA routed top-ranked USC 10-3 earlier in the day, while Cal edged second-ranked Stanford 5-4 to advance tot he final.
Earlier in the tournament, UCLA recorded lopsided wins against UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and San Jose State. The Bruins' only loss of the tournament came at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal, who held on to grab a 5-3 victory.
Golaboski, von Schwarz Named to All-Tournament Team: Senior captain Catharine von Schwarz and senior Erin Golaboski were named to the all-tournament team. von Schwarz totaled seven goals over the weekend and was the team's leading-scorer in three matches. Golaboski scored nine goals over the weekend and was one of only two Bruins to have notched at least one goal in each of UCLA's six games.
Bruins at the Rainbow Wahine Challenge: UCLA completely dominated its competition at the 3rd Annual Rainbow Wahine Water Polo Challenge earlier this month, outscoring opponents 44-10 in its three games to capture first place.
On Friday, Feb. 4, UCLA sunk T-12 UC San Diego 16-4. Ten different Bruins put points on the scoreboard, with five scoring multiple goals. Sophomore attacker Elaine Zivich led the Bruins with three goals.
On Saturday, Feb. 5, the picture was much the same as UCLA routed No. 6 UC Santa Barbara with an identical score of 16-4. Nine different Bruins scored, while newcomer Jessica Lopez led all scorers with four goals. Later that day, UCLA defeated No. 8 Hawai'i 12-2. Sophomore transfer Kelly Heuchan led the Bruins with three goals.
Elaine Zivich Named Tournament MVP: Zivich was named Tournament Most Valuable Player at the Wahine Challenge this past weekend. The 5-11 first-team All-American helped the third-ranked Bruins capture first place at the Challenge and led all scorers over the weekend, racking up a total of eight goals in three games. von Schwarz and newcomer Maureen Flanagan were named to the All-Tournament team.
Zivich Earns MPSF Player of the Week Acclaim: After her stellar performance at the Wahine Challenge, Zivich was named MPSF Player of the Week for the week of February 8-13, becoming the first player to receive this award in the 2000 women's water polo season.