No. 4 UCLA Women's Water Polo Tops No. 5 California, 9-4

Feb. 21, 2009

IRVINE, Calif. - The No. 4 UCLA women's water polo team defeated No. 5 California on Saturday evening, sending the Bruins into a semifinal match at the UC Irvine Invitational against No. 1 USC on Sunday. Senior Tanya Gandy scored a game-high four goals to lead the Bruins (10-2).

Sophomore Priscilla Orozco added two goals and seniors Anne Belden and Katie Rulon and freshman KK Clark each recorded one goal.

California's Emily Csikos led the Golden Bears with two goals.

UCLA scored the game's first five goals and led by a 5-1 margin after one quarter. Orozco opened the scoring with her first of two goals at the 6:34 mark in the first quarter. She followed with UCLA's second goal on a 6-on-5 opportunity with 5:42 left in the period.

Rulon's goal just 24 seconds later pushed the Bruins' margin to 3-0 and Gandy's first strike of the day at 2:27 gave UCLA a 4-0 cushion. Clark converted on a 6-on-5 play with nine seconds left in the quarter.

California closed the first quarter by scoring on a five-meter penalty shot from Csikos.

Both teams traded one pair of goals in the second quarter, allowing UCLA to assume a 7-3 halftime advantage.

UCLA outscored California, 2-1, in the third quarter, and neither team scored any goals in the final frame.

Game time of UCLA's semifinal match at the UC Irvine Invitational on Sunday is slated for 10:30 a.m.

No. 5 California vs. No. 4 UCLA

1 2 3 4 F
California 1 2 1 0 4
UCLA 5 2 2 0 9

California Goals: Emily Csikos 2, Julie Oreglia, Athina Vazeos
California Saves: Stephanie Peckham 14

UCLA Goals: Tanya Gandy 4, Priscilla Orozco 2, Anne Belden, KK Clark, Katie Rulon
UCLA Saves: Brittany Fullen 11


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. USC
San Diego, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Feb 19
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 11 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. San Diego State
Newport Beach, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Michigan
Newport Beach, CA
W, 14 - 8
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Hawai'i
Irvine, CA
W, 10 - 6
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. USC
Irvine, CA
L, 7 - 10
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 22 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 9 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 20 - 5
Sunday, Mar 20
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 4 - 3
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 - 12:45 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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