NCAA Water Polo Champions 2015
Men's Water Polo Ready To Meet Bay Area Foes

Sept. 20, 1999

UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team (4-1 overall, 0-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) travels to Northern California this weekend to meet Bay Area foes No. 2 Stanford (6-0 overall, 0-0 MPSF) and No. 4 California (3-2 overall, 0-0 MPSF). The Bruins open their MPSF conference schedule Saturday, Sept. 25, at Stanford's deGuerre Pool at noon. On Sunday, Sept. 26, UCLA will then take on the Golden Bears for a non-conference matchup at the Spieker Aquatics Complex also at noon.

UCLA VS. STANFORD: The Cardinal, coached by Dante Dettamanti, defeated the Bruins 9-7 in a semifinal match last Sunday en route to beating No. 1 USC 11-10 in overtime to win the Southern California Tournament. Cardinal players Brian Heifferon and Andy Walburger were named to the all-tournament first team, while Mark Amott earned second team honors. Stanford holds the overall series advantage 57-47.

UCLA VS. CALIFORNIA: Led by first-year coach, Peter Asch, the Golden Bears placed seventh in the SoCal Tournament. Cal defeated Air Force 10-9 but fell to UC Irvine 8-7 and Pacific 7-5 before beating Long Beach State 5-4. Cal player Jerry Smith was named to the all-tournament second team. The Golden Bears will face the Cal Alumni Saturday at 11 a.m. before their meeting with the Bruins. UCLA holds the edge in the all-time series, 53-45-1. Last year, these teams split a pair of matches.

ARMATO, PARKER, NAMED TO SOCAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior Matt Armato (Long Beach, Wilson HS) earned first team honors, and junior Dave Parker (Orinda, Miramonte HS) was named to the second team for the SoCal Tournament held at USC last weekend. Armato tallied 10 goals, including one two-pointer, and Parker scored six in four games to lead the Bruins to a third-place tournament finish.

OTHER SOCAL TOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS: The Bruins won three of four matches during the two-day tournament, losing only to eventual champion Stanford in a semi-final match. In addition to Armato and Parker, other standouts included junior Adam Wright (Seal Beach,Wilson HS) who scored six goals, three against Navy. Redshirt freshman Matt Flesher (Diamond Bar, Brea Olinda HS) scored his first career goal against Navy and added another against UC Irvine, while sophomore Jon Puffer ( El Segundo, El Segundo HS) scored the second goal of his career vs. Navy as well. Senior Samuel Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS) netted a pair of goals against Navy and already has a career single-season high four goals. Juniors Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI, Punahou HS) and Brian Brown (Santa Ana, Foothill HS) each scored two-point goals for the Bruins during the tournament. Junior Andrew Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS) led the offensive attack in the third place match against UC Irvine with three goals.

ROAD WARRIORS: Following the season opener at home vs. UC Irvine, the Bruins will not host another match until Oct. 16 vs. Cal at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center. UCLA continues its road streak at Long Beach State Oct. 5, before returning to the Bay Area for the Northern California Tournament Oct. 9-10.

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