Aug. 21, 2006
Woodland, Calif. - UCLA's men's water polo team has been ranked third in the MPSF preseason coaches' poll, the MPSF conference announced Monday afternoon. The Bruins earned 54 points in the poll and one first-place vote. UCLA is ranked behind defending national champion USC and California, respectively.
USC and Cal each accumulated four first-place votes and finished one point apart in the preseason poll (USC, 58; Cal, 57). The Trojans return as the reigning MPSF and NCA Champions from the 2005 season. California, who comes out of the shoot ranked No. 2 for the second-consecutive year, finished fifth in the MPSF last season.
Stanford earns the No. 4 spot after finishing third in the conference last year. Pepperdine is ranked fifth after finishing sixth in 2005, followed by No. 6 Pacific and last year's MPSF runner-up UC Irvine in the No. 7 slot. Eighth-ranked Santa Barbara moves up one notch above the Gauchos' ninth-place finish from 2006, and Long Beach State comes in with the No. 9 ranking after an eighth-place finish last season.
|Rank||Team||Points||2005||2005 MPSF Finish|
|No. 1||USC||58 (4)||24-1 (8-0)||#1|
|No. 2||California||57 (4)||21-7 (5-3)||#5|
|No. 3||UCLA||54 (1)||21-8 (5-3)||#4|
|No. 4||Stanford||45||19-6 (6-2)||#3|
|No. 5||Pepperdine||30||18-11 (3-5)||#6|
|No. 6||Pacific||29||19-14 (2-6)||#7|
|No. 7||UC Irvine||23||18-12 (6-2)||#2|
|No. 8||UC Santa Barbara||16||13-17 (0-8)||#9|
|No. 9||Long Beach State||12||17-18 (1-7)||#8|
parenthesis after points denotes first-place votes
parenthesis after 2005 record denotes final 2005 MPSF record