Aug. 30, 2004
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
UCLA SET TO FACE PEPPERDINE , USC AND CLAREMONT IN EXHIBITION MATCHES:
The Bruins will be one of six schools competing Saturday in Pepperdine's Wasko Scrimmage Tournament. UCLA will throw its 2004 season into gear at 8 a.m. against host Pepperdine (Game 1) before taking on USC at 10:30 (Game 4) and Claremont at 12:10 p.m. (Game 6). The round robin-style tournament will also feature Cal Baptist and Lindenwood. BRUINS AIMING FOR FIRST NATIONAL TITLE SINCE 2000:
Looking to build upon the success of last year's #3 nationally ranked squad, the 2004 UCLA men's water polo team will turn to experience, strength and speed in hopes of attaining its ultimate goal: a national championship. Head Coach Adam Krikorian expects the Bruins to bring last season's second-half intensity to the table as UCLA strives for its first title since 2000. "We struggled early last year but got progressively better as a team," Krikorian said. "Hopefully our abilities have continued to improve as well as our confidence. By returning every starter from last season, we should begin this season right where we left off in 2003, which was certainly as one of the best teams in the country." Leading the way for UCLA will be three-time All-American and 2004 Olympian Brett Ormsby. The 6-2 senior attacker, is coming off a season in which he climbed on to UCLA's all-time single season scoring list, as well as being named a finalist for the Peter J. Cutino Award, an honor annually bestowed upon the nation's top water polo athlete. His leadership, coupled with the return of fellow All-Americans defender Michael March and goalie Joseph Axelrad, create a powerful adversary for upcoming opponents. For the complete 2004 outlook, including a position by position breakdown, please visit UCLA's official athletic website at www.uclabruins.com. ORMSBY, BROOKS AND WRIGHT SUCCEED IN ATHENS:
Last month, Ormsby, along with former Bruins Brandon Brooks and Adam Wright, competed for Team USA in the 28th Summer Olympic games. While the U.S. did not capture a medal, all three performed well in their first ever Olympic appearances; Brooks started all seven matches in front of the net for the U.S., Ormsby scored a goal in a 7-5 loss to Hungary and Wright scored in a 9-7 loss to Russia. HEAD COACH ADAM KRIKORIAN:
A bastion of the UCLA men's water polo program as a player and coach, Adam Krikorian begins his sixth season as head coach for both the men's and women's programs and his 11th season on the Bruin staff. After sharing the head coaching duties with Guy Baker for two seasons, Krikorian is in his third season alone at the helm of the two programs. A winner of nine national championships as a player and a coach, Krikorian has amassed a 92-30 record in his five seasons with the UCLA men's team. He is second among active water polo coaches in NCAA Championships won with two.