Sept. 13, 1999
UP NEXT FOR THE BRUINS: The No. 3 UCLA men's water polo team (1-0 overall, 0-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will travel across town to compete against many of the nation's top teams in the 1999 Southern California Tournament. Competition takes place on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18-19 and is hosted by the defending NCAA champion USC Trojans at the McDonald's Olympic Pool.
The Bruins will face Pepperdine (0-1 overall, 0-0 MPSF) at 1:30 p.m. and Navy (5-2 overall, 3-0 CWPA) at 5:50 p.m. in Group C competition of the round-robin style tournament Saturday. Match times for Sunday will be determined by how teams do in their respective groups. The championship match will take place Sunday at 4:45 p.m. with the third place match to follow at 5:50 p.m.
All tournament participants are ranked in the current Top 20 United States Water Polo Poll, including No. 1 USC, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 UCLA, No. 4 Pepperdine, and UC Irvine and Cal tied for fifth.
UCLA VS. PEPPERDINE: The Waves lost a heartbreaker in their season opener at UC Santa Barbara Saturday, as the Gauchos' Amit Sekar scored a two-point goal with just 38 seconds to play in regulation to steal a 12-10 victory. UCLA and Pepperdine clashed in the preseason Wasko Tournament Sept. 4, with the Bruins coming away with a 8-7 win. The Bruins hold the series advantage, 45-25-1.
UCLA VS. NAVY: The Navy men's water polo team enters the SoCal Tournament fresh off a three-game sweep last weekend, defeating Collegiate Water Polo Assocation foes Salem-Teikyo (22-8), Bucknell (10-9) and Slippery Rock (19-1). The Mids have never beaten UCLA in 11 meetings.
NINE BRUINS SCORE IN SEASON OPENER: Junior Adam Wright (Seal Beach, Wilson HS) led the pack with a hat trick while senior Sam Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS) and junior Sean Kern (Honolulu, HI, Punahou HS) each added a pair of goals in the 13-3 offensive spree over UC Irvine to open the 1999 season at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center Saturday. Also scoring goals were senior Neil Hueston (Newport Beach, Corona del Mar HS), junior Andrew Bailey (San Clemente, San Clemente HS), junior Brian Brown (Santa Ana, Foothill HS), senior Matt Armato (Long Beach, Wilson HS), junior Blake Wellen (Mill Valley, Tamalpais HS) and sophomore Jeff Pflueger (Santa Ana, Foothill HS).
BONDERSON SOLID IN GOAL: Two-time GTE Academic All-American and senior goalkeeper Parsa Bonderson (Santa Barbara, San Marcos HS) made a strong appearance in his season debut vs. UC Irvine, making four saves while adding two steals and an assist. He allowed one of the three Anteater goals.
CAREER NOTES: Sam Bailey tallied his first career multiple goal match vs. UCI and almost doubled his career scoring total which previously stood at three goals.