Nov. 29, 2000
UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The UCLA men's water polo team looks to carry its four-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament at Pepperdine this weekend. The Bruins (17-7) are the No. 1 seed and will face No. 4 seed Navy (24-10) in the first semifinal. USC (22-4), who received the at-large berth, is the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 UC San Diego (20-8) in the other semifinal. Here is a look at the seedings and schedule for the upcoming NCAA tournament:
Saturday, Dec. 2
1:00 p.m. Game 1 #1 UCLA vs. #4 Navy
2:30 p.m. Game 2 #2 USC vs. #3 UC San Diego
Sunday, Dec. 3
1:00 p.m. Third Place Game
2:30 p.m. Championship Game
All-session tickets--valid for both days--cost $15 for adults, $10 for students and senior citizens and $7 for children ages 12 and under.
Daily tickets--valid for one day only--cost $10 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens and $5 for children ages 12 and under.
To purchase tickets in advance, please contact Matt Kalish, Pepperdine's Athletics Ticket Manager, at 310-456-4935.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early. A limited number of bleacher seats are available at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. The overflow seating area will be on the hillside adjacent to the facility.
NCAA SELECTION PROCESS: Automatic qualifiers for the NCAA Championship come from the MPSF (UCLA), the Collegiate Water Polo Association (Navy), and the Western Water Polo Assocation (UC San Diego). The fourth team is selected at-large without geographical restrictions (USC).
THE OPPONENTS: UCLA leads the all-time series with Navy 12-0. These teams last met in 1999 at the Southern California Tournament, with the Bruins emerging victorious 14-6. The Midshipmen have a tall task ahead, as no team from outside the state of California has ever reached the championship final. USC, a conference opponent of the Bruins, trails in the all-time series record 58-55-1. This year the Bruins defeated USC three times, although two of the wins were forfeited for use of an ineligible player. UCLA has defeated UC San Diego all 39 times the teams have played. They did not play this year.
BRUINS CAPTURE MPSF TITLE: Brian Brown scored four goals to lead UCLA to a 6-5 win over California in the Championship game of the MPSF Tournament. The Bruins fell behind 3-2 at halftime, but Brown scored two goals to give UCLA a 4-3 lead in the third quarter and the Bruins never let go of the lead after that. UCLA defeated Pepperdine 9-4 in the semifinal game behind Sean Kern's four goals. The Bruins cruised in their first round game, easily defeating Pacific 13-6. Albert Garcia had four goals to lead the team. Kern and Brown were named to the All-Tournament team.
BRUIN NOTABLES: The men's water polo squad will attempt to capture its fourth NCAA title in six years under co-head coach Guy Baker...UCLA won the crown last year and won back-to-back titles in 1995 and `96...They also won NCAA titles in `69, `71 and `72 during coach Bob Horn's tenure...Co-head coach Adam Krikorian played for the Bruins' `95 squad...UCLA has made 25 appearances in the NCAA championships since the team's inception in 1963...Senior Sean Kern was named MPSF Player of the Year on Tuesday. He also earned first team All-MPSF honors for the second straight year. Brian Brown, Adam Wright and Brandon Brooks were named to the second team, while seniors Andy Bailey and Dave Parker earned third team honors ... UCLA athletic teams have won 82 NCAA titles, the most in the nation. The men's water polo team isn't the only UCLA team in contention for an NCAA title this weekend. The women's soccer team is competing at the College Cup in San Jose and could win their first NCAA crown on Sunday.