Nov. 25, 2002
A LOOK AHEAD: The UCLA men's water polo team, ranked fourth in the nation, travels to the USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center on the Joint Force Training Base in Los Alamitos this weekend to compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Championship. The winner of the tournament gains an automatic berth to the NCAA Final Four on Dec. 7-8, which will be held at Loyola Marymount University.
MPSF TOURNAMENT: Friday's First Round Pairings
10:30 a.m.-Play In - #8 Long Beach State (15-14) vs. #9 UCSB (6-18)
1 p.m. -#4 UCLA (13-7) vs. #5 USC (18-7)
2:30 p.m.-#3 California (16-6) vs. #6 UC Irvine (15-8)
5 p.m.-#2 Stanford (21-3) vs. #7 Pacific (10-12)
6:30 p.m.-#1 Pepperdine (14-9) vs. Long Beach State/UC Santa Barbara winner
If the Bruins defeat the Trojans, UCLA will continue play on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. against the Pepperdine/Play In winner. (A loss to USC would mean a 1:00 start on Saturday) The championship match is set for Sunday at 6:30 p.m.
USC TROJANS: UCLA is looking to make it three straight over the third-ranked Trojans when the teams face-off in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. The Bruins hold a 63-56-1 edge over their cross town rival in the series and are 2-1 against the Trojans this season. UCLA's loss at the hands of USC was the team's lone conference meeting. Jaraj Zatovic leads the Trojans with 41 goals. Gadi Hadar, who scored three goals against the Bruins last weekend, trails his teammate with 32 goals on the season.
LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins picked up their second straight victory over cross town rival USC with a 12-10 win at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center on Saturday morning. Freshman center defender Michael March (Corona del Mar HS) established a new career-high with four goals in the contest. Sophomore driver Brett Ormsby (Valhalla HS/El Cajon, CA) added a hat trick to the Bruin arsenal. Senior goalkeeper Brandon Brooks recorded nine saves in the match. The Honolulu, Hawaii native is currently 23 saves away from surpassing Matt Swanson's 695 career saves to become the Bruins' career saves leader.
BRUINS IN THE POLL: UCLA moved up a spot in the Collegiate Water Polo Association Poll to fourth with its 11-7 win over Pacific on November 16th. The new poll, which will reflect the Bruins 12-10 victory over cross town rival and third-ranked USC and other results from last weekend, will not be released until Wednesday, November 27th.