March 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team hosts a non-conference doubleheader against No. 12 Hartwick and Brown on Thursday afternoon at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The Bruins resume their season after an 11-day hiatus. Following Thursday's games, UCLA has just two games remaining this spring - at Stanford (April 3) and versus USC (April 11).
Thursday, March 26 - 1 p.m.
No. 12 Hartwick (16-9) at No. 3 UCLA (18-3)
at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
Thursday, March 26 - 4 p.m.
Brown (10-7) at No. 3 UCLA (18-3)
at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - Senior Tanya Gandy has twice been named MPSF Player of the Week this season (Jan. 26, March 16). Gandy scored nine goals in three games at the Michigan Invitational (Jan. 24-25) and registered 13 goals in three games from March 12-14. Senior Brittany Fullen captured the weekly honor Feb. 16 after collecting 30 saves in two games. Senior Katie Rulon was named MPSF Player of the Week on March 9, having led UCLA with nine goals in three games that weekend.
SENIOR LEADERS - Guiding a young team in 2009, UCLA's four seniors have helped lead the Bruins to an 18-3 record. Looking to capture their fifth consecutive NCAA title, UCLA has received a team-leading 57 goals from Gandy, 42 goals from Rulon and 30 goals from Belden. Fullen has started in goal in 18 of UCLA's 21 matches, collecting 149 saves in 68-plus quarters.
MANY CONTRIBUTIONS - Several freshmen have made significant contributions through the team's first 21 matches. Freshman KK Clark ranks fifth on the team with 23 goals. Additionally, freshmen Randi Bresee and Sarah Orozco have totaled 15 goals and 11 goals, respectively. In all, the Bruins have received at least four goals from 14 players this season.
RECORD NUMBERS - Senior Brittany Fullen registered a career-high 18 saves in UCLA's 14-7 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Feb. 14. The previous afternoon, Fullen tied her then-career-high with 12 saves in a 14-7 MPSF victory against San Diego State. UCLA leads all MPSF teams in fewest goals allowed per game, limiting the opposition to a 5.50 goals-per-game average.
STREAK SNAPPED - UCLA's program-record 46-game win streak came to an end on Feb. 7, as Hawai'i edged the Bruins, 13-12. That streak stands as the longest in collegiate women's water polo history. Following a 7-6 loss at Stanford on April 14, 2007, UCLA won its next 46 games, spanning three different seasons. Along the way, the Bruins captured the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships.
SUPER SISTERS - The Bruins' 2009 squad features 10 sophomores, including top scoring threat Priscilla Orozco. Entering this weekend's contests, Orozco has totaled 30 goals, the third-highest total on the team. Through UCLA's first 21 matches, she has scored at least one goal in 15 games. Priscilla is joined on the team this spring by her younger sister, freshman Sarah Orozco (11 goals).
MPSF REALIGNMENT - The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has reduced its number of women's water polo members from 13 to eight this season. Five previous members of the MPSF have joined the Big West Conference in women's water polo. Each MPSF team will play seven conference games in 2009, as UCLA hosts four MPSF matches and plays three conference games on the road.
IN THE POLLS - As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on March 18, UCLA has been ranked third in the Division I poll. Stanford and USC are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and Hawai'i has captured the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top six selections are San Diego State (5), California (6), Arizona State (7), UC Irvine (8), San Jose State (9) and Loyola Marymount (10).
HOME SWEET HOME - UCLA has posted a perfect 5-0 record at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center this season. Most recently, the Bruins registered an 18-4 non-conference victory at home against UC Irvine (March 12). Including this Thursday afternoon's doubleheader, the Bruins have just three home matches remaining on their home slate. The Bruins close their regular-season schedule at home versus crosstown rival USC (April 11).
AT THE HELM - Adam Krikorian has tallied a 281-41 record, midway through his 11th season at the helm. A four-year men's water polo letterwinner and 1997 UCLA graduate, Krikorian has been a part of 14 national championships in 16 seasons with the men's and women's water polo programs. Krikorian led the women's program to seven national championships (six NCAA). Krikorian has twice led the UCLA women's water polo program to undefeated NCAA championship seasons.