Feb. 7, 2001
This Week: The UCLA Bruins will have a chance to test their talent level against some of the top teams in the country this week when they head to Stanford to participate in the Nor Cal Tournament. The round-robin competition consists of eight teams, with the Bruins seeded No. 1. Other top teams in the tournament include host Stanford, along with California. The Bruins' first game of the tournament slates them against Calgary on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 9:00 am. This game will not count toward advancement. That afternoon, UCLA meets the winner of the UC Davis -San Jose State game. On Sunday, Feb. 11, the semifinal games are set for 10 and 11 am. The championship game is scheduled for 5:30pm.
About the Opponents: UCLA defeated California all three times they played last season and are now 16-5 against the Bears all-time. California finished the season ranked fourth nationally with a mark of 28-7 and 8-1 in the MPSF.
UCLA owns a 22-1 all-time record against UC Santa Barbara, with its only loss coming in 1995. UC Santa Barbara closed out the '00 season with a 11-19 record, ending the season ranked 10th at the Collegiate Nationals.
San Jose State is 0-7 in the series against UCLA. Last year, the Spartans placed 11th at the Collegiate Nationals and finished the '00 season with a 22-18 overall record and a 4-5 MPSF mark.
The Stanford Cardinal defeated UCLA all four times they faced one another last year, including the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. However, UCLA still owns an 11-6 series advantage over the Cardinal. At the Collegaite Nationals last year, Stanford was upset by USC in the semifinal match, 10-5. The Cardinal were 28-5 overall and 8-1 in the MPSF last season.
Bruins Return Two Olympians and Four All-Americans: The Bruins enter 2001 returning the nucleus of a squad that went 30-5 and captured the school's fourth national championship a year ago. Senior captain and leader Coralie Simmons makes her highly anticipated return back to UCLA from the Olympic team that brought home the silver medal. Simmons was tied for the team lead in scoring with nine goals at the Games. Bruin sophomore and Olympic teammate Robin Beauregard looks to add skill and experience to the Bruin offense. Also returning is 2000 National Player of the Year Elaine Zivich. Zivich, a junior, finished second on the squad with 54 goals and led the Bruins with 28 assists. 2000 Second-team All Americans Kelly Heuchan, a junior, and Jessica Lopez, a sophomore, finished first and third in scoring, respectively for the Bruins. Sophomore goalkeeper, Jaime Hipp, earned third-team All-America accolades and excelled in the National Finals, holding the opposition to a total of 11 goals in four games.
Head Coach Adam Krikorian: Adam Krikorian, co-head coach of the men's and women's water polo teams for the last two years, has taken over as head coach of both teams. Guy Baker, co-head coach with Krikorian, left UCLA to become the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Senior Team and National Teams Director. Krikorian has been head co-head coach since the fall of 1999, and led the women's team to the 2000 national championship while Baker was with the U.S. National team. Krikorian has been associated with UCLA for nine years, either as a student-athlete, assistant coach or co-head coach and has won eight national championships.