Aug. 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team has captured the No. 3 spot in the national collegiate poll, as announced this week by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Bruins earned 89 total points, as USC and defending national champion California have been ranked first and second, respectively.
For the second consecutive season, the preseason poll features USC, California and UCLA ahead of No. 4 Stanford. UC Irvine captured the fifth spot, while Pepperdine was slotted sixth and UC Santa Barbara, seventh. Rounding out the top 10 include UC San Diego, Long Beach State and Loyola Marymount.
The Bruins open their 2007 campaign at Loyola Marymount on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 3 p.m. UCLA returns third-team All-America selection Krsto Sbutega as well as honorable mention All-Americans Marco Santos and Chay Lapin. One year ago, UCLA finished the season 17-6 with a 6-2 MPSF record and third-place conference finish.
MEN'S NATIONAL COLLEGIATE TOP 20 POLL
|7.||UC Santa Barbara||71|
|8.||UC San Diego||67|
|9.||Long Beach State||56|
|14.||St. Francis (NY)||35|
|20.||UC Santa Cruz||5|