No. 4 UCLA Looks Forward to Stanford Invitational

Feb. 3, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team heads to the Stanford Invitational this weekend for the first major tournament of the 2011 season. This year's tournament field includes the nation's top five ranked teams, while the three other participants are ranked among the top 15.

Saturday, Feb. 5

Time Opponents Location
8:30 a.m. Stanford vs. Arizona State Belardi Pool
9:40 a.m. California vs. San Jose State Belardi Pool
10:50 a.m. USC vs. Indiana Belardi Pool
12:00 p.m. UCLA vs. Hawai'i Belardi Pool
2:45 p.m. San Jose State vs. Arizona State Belardi Pool
4:00 p.m. Stanford vs. California Avery Stadium
5:15 p.m. Hawai'i vs. Indiana Avery Stadium
6:30 p.m. UCLA vs. USC Avery Stadium

Sunday, Feb. 6

Time Opponents Location
8:00 a.m. Stanford vs. San Jose State Avery Stadium
8:00 a.m. California vs. Arizona State Baker Pool
9:10 a.m. USC vs. Hawai'i Avery Stadium
9:10 a.m. UCLA vs. Indiana Baker Pool
9:10 a.m. UCLA vs. Indiana Baker Pool
12:45 p.m. 7th Place Game Avery Stadium
2:00 p.m. 5th Place Game Avery Stadium
3:15 p.m. 3rd Place Game Avery Stadium
4:30 p.m. 1st Place Game Avery Stadium

Brackets are as follows: A (USC, UCLA, Hawai'i, Indiana); B (Stanford, California, San Jose State, Arizona State)

The Bruins reeled off their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday, racing past Long Beach State, 11-4 in a non-conference home game. UCLA received a game-high three goals from KK Clark. Leading just 1-0 after the first period, the Bruins used a 4-1 scoring run in the second quarter to assume a 5-1 lead by halftime. UCLA added to its cushion with three goals in the third period to lead 8-2 entering the fourth quarter. Caitlin Dement started in goal for the Bruins, totaling 10 saves and allowing two goals in the first three quarters.

UCLA won its four games at the Michigan Invitational two weeks ago by a combined 49-19 margin. After defeating Colorado State, 15-6, on Saturday morning, the Bruins downed Hartwick, 17-3. Playing before a televised audience (Big Ten Network) at Michigan on Sunday morning, UCLA earned a 6-5 victory against the Wolverines. The Bruins ended their weekend by beating Cal State Northridge, 11-5. Junior KK Clark led UCLA with nine goals, and seniors Priscilla Orozco and Grace Reynolds each added six goals.

Junior KK Clark leads UCLA with 12 goals through the season's first five matches. However, the Bruins have received offensive production from numerous other players. Including Clark, eight Bruins have registered at least three goals through the first two weekends of the season. Seniors Priscilla Orozco and Grace Reynolds are tied for the second spot on the team with seven goals each. Sophomore Emily Greenwood and freshman Becca Dorst have each tallied five goals.

After playing at the Stanford Invitational this weekend, UCLA will spend the following weekend competing at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, Calif. The Bruins will head south to play four games in two days at UC San Diego. Following the Triton Invitational, UCLA returns home against UC Irvine (Feb. 19) and Hawai'i (Feb. 24), in what will be the Bruins' first MPSF contest of the regular season.

UCLA's roster features eight seniors, just one year after not having had any seniors. The Bruins' supporting cast includes five juniors, nine sophomores and four freshmen. UCLA's schedule features four in-season tournaments - last weekend's Michigan Invitational, Stanford Invitational, Triton Invitational and UC Irvine Invitational - over the first six weekends.

Junior goalkeeper Caitlin Dement has posted a 3.63 goals against average in three starts (11 quarters). UCLA's lone returning goalkeeper, Dement has collected 23 saves through the season's first two weekends. Freshman goalkeeper Sami Hill has played in three games (two starts), logging a 5.78 goals against average in nine quarters. Hill raised her saves total to 24 after making six stops in the fourth quarter of UCLA's win against Long Beach State last weekend.

Senior Priscilla Orozco and junior Sarah Orozco enter their third season playing on the UCLA women's water polo team together. After Priscilla helped UCLA capture the 2008 NCAA Championship, Sarah joined the team in 2009, pairing with her sister to lead the Bruins to an improbable 2009 NCAA Championship. The sisters will be featured in a 30-minute program, produced by American Latino TV, this weekend. The show is slated to run in Los Angeles on KABC-7 at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 6. A complete listing of ABC affiliates (with program times) around the nation is available online here:

As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Wednesday, Feb. 2, UCLA has been ranked No. 4 in the national top-20 poll. Stanford is ranked No. 1 in this week's poll and is followed by USC and California, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 selections, in order, are Hawai'i, Loyola Marymount, Michigan, Arizona State, San Jose State and San Diego State. UCLA won the 2010 MPSF Tournament title, and USC captured the 2010 NCAA Championship over runner-up Stanford.

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.

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