Aug. 18, 2010
NCAA.com Season Preview
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team has been ranked No. 2 in the national preseason poll, as announced by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Wednesday afternoon. The Bruins received one point fewer than preseason No. 1 California.
California totaled 95 points in the preseason poll, while UCLA accumulated 94 points. The Bruins ended the 2009 season as the runner-up at the NCAA Tournament, locking a No. 2 rank in the final national poll. California finished the year ranked No. 3 in the nation.
Rounding out the preseason poll's top five selections include Stanford, USC and UC Irvine, respectively. Loyola Marymount, UC Santa Barbara, Pepperdine, Long Beach State and Pacific complete the top 10 spots in the national poll, respectively.
UCLA lost to USC, 6-5, in the NCAA Championship last December at Princeton University after having won the MPSF Tournament for the first time since 2000. Competing in the tournament as the No. 4-seed, the Bruins downed No. 5-seed Pepperdine, No. 1-seed and host school USC and No. 3-seed California on consecutive days.
This fall, UCLA will return 15 letterwinners, including top attackers Ben Hohl and Cullen Hennessy. UCLA brings back a veteran group of five seniors - Hohl, Clay Jorth, Kevin Kuga, Jacob Murphy and Emilio Vieira.
UCLA will host 10 regular-season home matches in 2010, including the two-day SoCal Tournament (Oct. 2-3) at Spieker Aquatics Center.