No. 1 UCLA Women's Water Polo to Open Season at Michigan Invitational

Jan. 23, 2008

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's water polo team opens its 2008 season at the Michigan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 26 and Sunday, Jan. 27. The Bruins begin tournament play against Arizona State and Colorado State in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Saturday.

Saturday, Jan. 26
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 11 Arizona State - 6:15 a.m. (PT)
No. 1 UCLA vs. No. 14 UC San Diego - 11:30 a.m. (PT)

Sunday, Jan. 27
No. 1 UCLA vs. Colorado State - 8:30 a.m. (PT)
No. 1 UCLA vs. Indiana - 12:00 p.m. (PT)

TITLE DEFENSE: The Bruins have won each of the last three NCAA Championships and claimed the MPSF Tournament title last spring. Last season's NCAA title marked UCLA's 100th NCAA team championship, making UCLA the first school to accomplish that feat. Since the sport's inception in 1995, the Bruins have captured nine national championships.

TOP RANKED: UCLA has earned the No. 1 preseason ranking. Conference foes USC, Stanford, Hawaii and California round out the preseason top five slots. The Golden Bears are followed by San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Hartwick. The Bruins were unanimous No. 1 selection, garnering all 100 points in the preseason rankings.

WHO'S BACK: Entering the 2008 season, the Bruins return 11 letterwinners and welcome 12 newcomers. UCLA's five seniors have been a part of the program's last three NCAA Championships. Four juniors have helped UCLA win each of the past two NCAA titles. UCLA also returns one sophomore.

HOME SWEET HOME: UCLA will play nine matches at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center this spring, opening with Hartwick on Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Bruins will not return home until the weekend of March 8-9, when they will face Stanford and San Jose State on back-to-back afternoons. One month later, UCLA will host six games in a 12-day span, beginning with a crucial MPSF contest against California.

OFFENSIVE DEPTH: The 2008 Bruins welcome back five of six top returning scorers from last season's team. Senior Jillian Kraus (54) and junior Katie Rulon (52) finished the 2007 season as the Bruins' second and third-leading scorers. Junior Tanya Gandy (38) and seniors Brittany Rowe (34) and Gabrielle Domanic (32) rounded out the Bruins' top six scorers. The 2007 scoring leader, Kelly Rulon, netted 70 goals in her senior season.

IN THE CAGE: Junior Brittany Fullen assumes starting goalkeeping duties in 2008. Fullen, who contributed as a back-up goalkeeper to Emily Feher the past two seasons, recorded a 2.90 goals against average in 11 games (30 quarters) in 2007. As a freshman in 2006, Fullen netted a 3.11 goals against average. In two seasons, the San Clemente, Calif., resident has totaled 69 saves (39 in 2007, 30 in 2006).

AT THE HELM: In his 10th season as head coach of the women's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 229-38 career record at UCLA. Krikorian has helped guide the women's water polo program to six national championships, five of which are NCAA titles. Krikorian also serves as the UCLA men's water polo head coach and has led that program to three NCAA championships in nine years at the helm. Krikorian played water polo at UCLA, helping lead the 1995 men's water polo team to its first NCAA title since 1972.


Rank Team Points
1 UCLA 100
2 USC 93
3 Stanford 89
4 Hawaii 83
5 California 80
6 San Diego State 77
7 San Jose State 72
8 UC Davis 60
9 UC Irvine 58
10 Hartwick 55
11 Arizona State 54
12 Loyola Marymount 49
13 Long Beach State 39
14 UC San Diego 32
15 Princeton 28
16 UC Santa Barbara 25
17 Cal State Northridge 22
18 Michigan 19
19 Santa Clara 16
20 Cal State Bakersfield 5
RV Indiana 2
RV Maryland 1
RV Colorado State 1

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