UCLA Women's Water Polo to Host U.S. National Team

April 17, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's water polo team will host an exhibition game against the U.S. women's national team Thursday at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.

The top-ranked Bruins, who posted a perfect 27-0 record during the regular season, will play the national team Thursday afternoon before preparing for the 2008 MPSF Tournament, hosted by San Diego State from April 27-24.

Thursday afternoon, UCLA will welcome back two former Bruins currently on the U.S. national team training roster - Natalie Golda and Jaime Hipp. The women's national team is led by former UCLA water polo head coach Guy Baker.

Last weekend, UCLA won its final three regular-season matches. The Bruins defeated No. 5 San Diego State, 17-5, and Sonoma State, 14-7, at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center on Saturday. The following afternoon, UCLA honored its five seniors in the annual "Senior Day" ceremony before cruising past No. 7 Arizona State, 14-4.

The three-time defending NCAA champion women's water polo team earned the No. 1 seed at the upcoming MPSF Tournament. With Sunday's win over Arizona State, UCLA won its 35th consecutive game, dating back to the 2007 season. The Bruins also completed the fourth perfect MPSF season since the inception of NCAA women's water polo in 2001.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 13 - 6
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
W, 23 - 2
Sunday, Apr 03
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
W, 25 - 3
Saturday, Apr 09
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
L, 5 - 8
Friday, Apr 15
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
W, 16 - 6
Saturday, Apr 23
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
W, 9 - 8 (3OT)
Friday, Apr 29
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 10 - 3
Saturday, Apr 30
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4