UCLA Women's Water Polo Prepares For UC San Diego Tournament

Feb. 8, 2000

LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA Bruins (3-0 overall, 1-0 MPSF) will have a chance to test their talent level against some of the top teams in the country this week when they head to San Diego to participate in the UC San Diego Arena NoGrip Invitational. The round-robin competition consists of two brackets of five teams each, with the Bruins seeded at No. 2 in Bracket B. Other top seeds in the tournament include No. 1 USC, No. 2 Stanford and No. 4 California.

The Bruins' first game of the tournament slates them against No. 6 UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Feb. 11 at 12:30 pm. The Bruins will be in action again at 6:20 pm when they face off against T-12 UC San Diego. The following day, UCLA meets No. 9 San Jose State at 12:40 pm, followed by a 5:20 pm matchup against No. 2 Stanford. On Sunday, Feb. 13, UCLA will play two games, however game times and opponents have not yet been determined, as they are dependent upon UCLA's finish in Bracket B.

About the Opponents: UCLA has already faced UC Santa Barbara this season. The two teams met this past Saturday when the Bruins handed the Gauchos a 16-4 drubbing at the Wahine Challenge. With the win, UCLA now owns a 20-1 series advantage against the Gauchos, with its only loss coming in the Bruins' first year in 1995. UC Santa Barbara closed out the '99 season with a 17-17 record, placing sixth at the Collegiate Nationals after falling to San Diego State in the fifth-place game.

The Bruins also met UC San Diego at the Wahine Challenge this past weekend, defeating the Tritons 16-4. With the win, UCLA is now 10-3 in the series against UC San Diego, having lost all three games to the Tritons in 1995. Last year, UC San Diego finished twelfth at the Collegiate Nationals after losing to Long Beach State in the 11th place game. The Tritons ended the season with a 12-17 record.

San Jose State is 0-5 in the series against UCLA. Last year, the Spartans placed ninth at the Collegiate Nationals and finished the '99 season with a 19-21 overall record and a 2-7 MPSF mark.

The Stanford Cardinal defeated UCLA for the first time ever in '99 and then went on to split its next two meetings with the Bruins later that season. However, UCLA still owns an impressive 11-2 series advantage over the Cardinal. At the Collegiate Nationals last year, Stanford took a nail-biting 7-6 overtime loss to USC in the Championship match. The Cardinal closed out the '99 season at 25-6 overall and 8-1 in the MPSF.

Bruins at the Rainbow Wahine Challenge: UCLA completely dominated its competition at the 3rd Annual Rainbow Wahine Water Polo Challenge, 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. Senior captain Catharine von Schwarz and newcomer Maureen Flanagan were named to the All-Tournament team.

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