Feb. 17, 2011
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team hosts No. 11 UC Irvine at Spieker Aquatics Center on Saturday afternoon. Game time is 1 p.m. Admission to Saturday's home water polo match is free.
Saturday, February 12
No. 11 UC Irvine (6-2) at No. 3 UCLA (12-1)
Game time: 1 p.m., UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
UCLA won the Triton Invitational last weekend, recording four victories in two days. The Bruins outlasted Santa Clara (11-2) and Hartwick (12-4) on Saturday before registering consecutive victories over San Diego State (8-7) and Loyola Marymount (12-9) on Sunday. Senior Priscilla Orozco and sophomore Brooke Martin each led UCLA with seven goals, while senior Noel Umphrey added six goals.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Senior Priscilla Orozco earned MPSF Player of the Week honors for the first time in her career on Monday, after having scored seven goals at the Triton Invitational. Sami Hill secured MPSF Newcomer of the Week acclaim after making 15 saves in two wins last weekend. Hill notched eight saves in a second-round win over Hartwick and tallied seven in UCLA's title-winning match on Sunday. Orozco's and Hill's selections were the first for UCLA in 2011.
THIRD AT STANFORD
The Bruins finished third at the Stanford Invitational two weeks ago. UCLA defeated Hawai'i, 7-6, in its first meeting before dropping the nightcap to USC, 10-8. A 9-4 win over Indiana on Sunday morning allowed the Bruins to advance to the third-place match. UCLA earned a 10-8 win over California on Sunday to finish third overall. Senior Priscilla Orozco led the Bruins with 12 goals, while junior KK Clark followed with seven goals. Junior Caitlin Dement registered 21 saves in three matches.
UCLA has opened its schedule by winning 12 of its first 13 games. The Bruins enter this weekend's home contest against UC Irvine having won their last six matches. At last weekend's Triton Invitational, the Bruins outscored their opposition by a combined 43-21 margin. Through all 13 matches, UCLA has outscored its opposition by a 39-13 tally.
The Bruins went 4-0 at the Michigan Invitational in the season-opening weekend (Jan. 22-23), posting a combined 49-19 score. UCLA downed Colorado State, 15-6, in its season opener before beating Hartwick, 17-3. Before a televised audience (Big Ten Network) at Michigan on Sunday, UCLA earned a 6-5 victory. The Bruins ended their weekend by beating Cal State Northridge, 11-5.
Through the season's first 13 matches, at least six players have registered 10 or more goals. Senior Priscilla Orozco leads the way with 26 goals and is followed by junior KK Clark (24 goals). Senior Kelly Easterday and sophomore Emily Greenwood have each netted 11 goals. Senior Grace Reynolds and sophomore Brooke Martin have each scored 10 goals.
ON THE HORIZON
UCLA will play at home, opening its MPSF schedule, against No. 5 Hawai'i on Thursday evening. Game time at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center is slated for 6 p.m. (this is a change from the Bruins' original schedule). Two days later, UCLA hits the road to play in the UC Irvine Invitational (four games through two days). The Bruins will open their schedule at the UC Irvine Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 26, against UC Davis at 11:30 a.m. (game to be played at UC Irvine's Anteater Pool).
IN THE CAGE
Junior Caitlin Dement has posted a 5.55 goals against average in eight starts (31 quarters). UCLA's lone returning goalkeeper, Dement has collected 63 saves through the season's first four weekends. Freshman Sami Hill has played in six games (five starts), logging a 5.71 goals against average in 21 quarters. Hill has logged 48 saves through her first six matches this season.
Senior Priscilla Orozco is tied with two other players for sixth place among MPSF field players in goals scored per game (2.00 average). Junior Caitlin Dement's 7.88 saves per match average ranks fourth in the conference. Dement and Sami Hill have helped UCLA post the conference's second lowest team goals against average (5.62).
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Wednesday, Feb. 16, UCLA has been ranked No. 3 in the national top-20 poll. Stanford and USC are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. California checks in at No. 4 and Hawai'i is ranked No. 5. Loyola Marymount, San Diego State, Arizona State, Michigan and San Jose State round out the top 10 selections.
AT THE HELM
Brandon Brooks is in his second year as UCLA's head coach. The four-year Bruin letterwinner (1999-2002) and a 2005 graduate of UCLA helped lead the Bruins to a 22-8 record and MPSF Tournament title in his first season as the program's head coach in 2010. Brooks represented the United States on the men's national team at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, leading Team USA to the silver medal in 2008.