April 9, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team hosts No. 2 USC in the Bruins' final regular-season game on Saturday, April 11. Game time at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center is slated for 1 p.m. UCLA will honor its four seniors - Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon - with a "Senior Day" ceremony prior to the opening sprint.
Saturday, April 11 - 1 p.m.
No. 2 USC (18-1, 5-0 MPSF) at No. 3 UCLA (20-4, 5-1 MPSF)
at UCLA's Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
PUSH TOWARD POSTSEASON - Following Saturday's match against USC, the Bruins await their postseason fate in the MPSF Tournament. A victory against USC will assure UCLA no less than a No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, to be played April 24-26 at the University of Hawai'i, in Honolulu. The winner of the MPSF Tournament will earn the automatic bid to the 2009 NCAA Championships, to be played May 8-10 at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.
SENIOR DAY - UCLA will honor its four seniors prior to Saturday's MPSF match against USC. Over the past three-plus seasons, this senior class has logged an 110-10 record. These four seniors have led UCLA to NCAA championships each of the past three seasons, extending the program's streak to an unprecedented four straight NCAA titles. The Bruins' three senior attackers rank among the team's top three scorers this spring (Tanya Gandy, 64; Katie Rulon, 46; Anne Belden, 35). Senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen has logged 168 saves in 612 minutes, posting a 5.75 goals against average.
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.
RECORD NUMBERS - Several Bruins have moved into elite company in the school's record books this spring. Senior Tanya Gandy's current 64-goal total ranks seventh-highest in the school's single-season record book. Senior Katie Rulon has totaled 187 career goals, currently the third-highest total in program history. Gandy's 172 career goal total ranks fifth. Senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen has registered 474 career saves, presently the fourth-most career saves in school history.
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 game versus USC, Orozco has totaled 33 goals, the fourth-highest total on the team. Through UCLA's 24 matches, she has scored at least one goal in 17 games. Priscilla is joined on the team this spring by her younger sister, freshman Sarah Orozco (16 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 April 1, 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 California (5), San Jose State (6), San Diego State (7), Arizona State (8), UC Irvine (9) and Loyola Marymount (10).
HOME SWEET HOME - UCLA has posted a perfect 7-0 record at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center this season. Most recently, the Bruins registered a 15-6 win versus No. 12 Hartwick and a 15-9 victory over Brown in a doubleheader on Thursday, March 26. The Bruins close their regular-season schedule at home versus crosstown rival USC (April 11).
AT THE HELM - Adam Krikorian has tallied a 283-42 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.