Nov. 21, 2005
Los Angeles - The fifth-ranked UCLA men's water polo team earned the fourth seed at the 2005 MPSF Championship Tournament, the MPSF Conference office announced Monday. The Bruins (19-7, 5-3) will take on fifth-seeded and second-ranked California (19-6, 5-3) in the first round on Friday, Nov. 25 at 10 a.m. in USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.
The Bruins and the Golden Bears enter the championships with the same conference record at 5-3, but the Bruins received the No. 4 seed because they earned the tie-breaker over California with their MPSF head-to-head victory over Cal during the regular season. So far this year, UCLA is 1-2 versus California, losing to the Golden Bears in the NorCal Tournament and the SoCal Tournament.
UCLA is seeded in the same bracket as No. 1-seed USC and eighth-seeded Long Beach State. If UCLA wins its first round match against California, the Bruins will play the winner of the USC-Long Beach State matchup on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 1 p.m. If UCLA loses its opening round matchup with the Golden Bears, the Bruins will face the loser of the USC-Long Beach State matchup on Saturday, Nov. 26 at 10 a.m. The MPSF Finals are scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 27, with the championship match set for 3 p.m.
Since 1993, UCLA owns a 23-15 record in MPSF Championship competition. The Bruins have advanced to the championship match of the tournament five times (1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2004), and have won the tournament championship twice (1999, 2000). Under head coach Adam Krikorian, UCLA is 14-4 in MPSF Championship play.
Last season, UCLA advanced to the 2004 championship match after wins over UC Santa Barbara and UC Irvine in the first and second rounds. The Bruins lost to Stanford in the championship match, 6-7, but received an at-large bid to the 2004 NCAA Championships, and would go on to win the 2004 national championship.
The MPSF Championship is determined by an eight-team postseason tournament. MPSF teams are seeded on the basis of their finish in conference round-robin play with only the top-eight teams qualifying. The winner of the MPSF Championships receives an automatic berth to the 2005 NCAA Championships Dec. 3 - 4 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa.
2005 MPSF Championship Tournament
Fri., Nov. 25 - MPSF First-Round
10 a.m. - Game 1 - #4 UCLA vs. #5 California
11:30 a.m. - Game 2 - #3 Stanford vs. #6 Pepperdine
1 p.m. - Game 3 - #2 UC Irvine vs. #7 Pacific
2:30 p.m. - Game 4 - #1 USC vs. #8 Long Beach State
Sat., Nov. 26 - MPSF Second-Round
10 a.m. - Game 5 - Losers Games 1 & 4
11:30 a.m. - Game 6 - Losers Games 2 & 3
1 p.m. - Game 7 - Winners Games 1 & 4
2:30 p.m. - Game 8 - Winners Games 2 & 3
Sun., Nov. 27 - MPSF Finals
10 a.m. - Game 9 - 7th Place - Losers Games 5 & 6
11:30 a.m. - Game 10 - 5th Place - Winners Games 5 & 6
1 p.m. - Game 11 - 3rd Place - Losers Games 7 & 8
3 p.m. - Game 12 - 1st Place - Winners Games 7 & 8