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UCLA Men's Water Polo Ranked No. 4 in Preseason Poll
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  08/20/2008

Aug. 20, 2008

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The UCLA men's water polo team has been ranked fourth in the national collegiate preseason poll, as released Wednesday by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. The Bruins earned 85 points in the preseason poll, as California, USC and Stanford rounded out the top three spots, respectively.

The top seven teams all compete in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF). UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara and Pepperdine have been ranked fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Loyola Marymount (Western Water Polo Association) has been slotted eighth, and MPSF competitor Long Beach State is ranked ninth. Navy (Collegiate Water Polo Association) rounds out the top 10 teams.

UCLA returns 13 letterwinners, including the program's top two scorers from last season - junior Scott Davidson (49 goals) and Krsto Sbutega (37 goals). The Bruins also welcome back All-America goalkeeper Chay Lapin, who enters his junior season.

Last fall, UCLA tied Stanford for third place in the MPSF standings, finishing with a 21-7 overall record and a 5-3 conference mark. The Bruins finished in fifth place at the 2007 MPSF Tournament.

2008 PRESEASON NATIONAL COLLEGIATE POLL

Rank Team Points 2007 Final Poll
1 California 98 1
2 USC 96 2
3 Stanford 89 4
4 UCLA 85 5
5 UC Irvine 75 3
6 UC Santa Barbara 72 6
7 Pepperdine 70 7
8 Loyola Marymount 69 10
9 Long Beach State 62 9
10 Navy 53 7
11 UC Davis 51 11
12 St. Francis (NY) 46 12
13 Pacific 39 13
14 UC San Diego 34 16
15 Santa Clara 31 15
16 Air Force 26 14
17 Cal Baptist 18 18
18 George Washington 14 17
19 Brown 10 20
20 Princeton 8 NR


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