UCLA Men's Water Polo Hosts UC Irvine In Season Home Opener

Sept. 6, 1999

The UCLA men's water polo team (0-0) kicks off the official start to the '99 season Saturday, Sept. 11, by hosting MPSF rival UC Irvine (0-0) for a noon match at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on the UCLA campus.

UCLA VS. UC IRVINE: Saturday marks the 98th meeting between these teams, with the Anteaters' holding a 54-43-1 series advantage. UC Irvine returns 11 letterwinners from a squad which finished 19-8 last season and placed fifth in the national polls. Ted Newland, '998 MPSF Co-Coach of the Year, enters his 34th year at the helm of the Anteaters' water polo program. Senior goalkeeper Genai Kerr (San Diego, Coronado HS), an honorable mention All-American, will lead the UCI charge. Last year he finished first in the MPSF with an average of 10.5 saves per game. Kerr has been slowed by a knee injury suffered while moving a refrigerator but is expected to play Saturday.

UCLA SEASON OUTLOOK: Co-head coaches Guy Baker and Adam Krikorian have an experienced and confident core of veterans ready to take the pool in '99. Last year the Bruins finished with a 17-6 record and a No. three national ranking. This UCLA squad boasts 17 returning letterwinners comprised of six seniors, seven juniors and three sophomores.

Looking to lead the Bruins back into the national playoff picture are returning All-American juniors Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI, Punahou HS) and Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS), who played for the World University Games team this past summer in Spain. Kern led UCLA in scoring last year with 51 points, while Wright topped all Bruins in steals (23) and assists (32). Senior attacker Matt Armato (Long Beach, Wilson HS), back from redshirting last season, will add speed and stellar outside shooting to the UCLA arsenal.

At the other end of the pool, the Bruins will rely upon the netkeeping abilities of senior Academic All-American Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS). The 6-2 goalkeeper came into his own last season, pulling down a career high 187 saves. Juniors Andrew Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS), Blake Wellen (Mill Valley, Tamalpais HS) and Dave Parker (Orinda, Miramonte HS) figure to be major contributors as well.

JIM TORING MEMORIAL SCOREBOARD: The Sunset Canyon Recreation Center will have a different look this season with the addition of a new scoreboard dedicated to the late UCLA water polo standout Jim Toring. Toring, a two-time All-American who led UCLA to back-to-back NCAA titles in '96 and '97, died tragically April 20, '98, following an accident that occurred in Paris during a trip with the U.S. National Team.

LAST WEEKEND: The Bruins began the season on a high note in the Wasko Tournament at Pepperdine Saturday, Sept. 4, by sweeping three scrimmage matches against UC Santa Barbara (6-2), UC San Diego (8-3) and Pepperdine (8-7).


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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