Oct. 24, 2001
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The status quo was maintained in this week's American Water Polo Coaches' Association collegiate poll, meaning that Saturday's clash between No. 2 UCLA (9-2, 4-0 MPSF) and top-ranked Stanford (12-0, 5-0) will feature the top two teams in America.
The Bruins maintained its unbeaten conference record last Saturday with an 8-6 overtime victory over California. Senior Alfonso Tucay (Burbank/Burroughs) upped his season scoring tally to 20 by hitting for four goals. Freshman Brett Ormsby (El Cajon/Valhalla) scored the eventual game-winner with one second remaining in the first overtime period, and continues to lead UCLA with 23 goals. Brandon Brooks (Jr., Punahou, HI) made eight saves in net and recorded his 37th win in 47 career starts for the Bruins.
The top 12 positions in the survey remained unchanged, as Pepperdine, USC, and California (despite losing to UCLA) rounded out the top five. Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Loyola Marymount, and UC Santa Barbara comprise positions six through ten.
Saturday's match begins at 10:30 a.m. at Stanford's Avery Aquatics Complex.
The complete poll can be viewed at www.collegiatewaterpolo.com