Aug. 13, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
The UCLA men's water polo team has been selected to finish in second place among nine teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the conference on Monday.
USC was picked to finish first, and received seven of the nine possible first-place votes, collecting 63 points. The Bruins claimed the remaining two first-place votes and totaled 56 points.
California placed third in the poll with 48 points, one point ahead of fourth-place Stanford. In the middle of the pack is UC Santa Barbara, accumulating 31 points for fifth place while UC Irvine was picked sixth with 25 points.
Pepperdine picked up 23 points for seventh, followed by Long Beach State and Pacific, who totaled 16 and 15 points, respectively.
UCLA went 24-5 in 2011, finishing in third place during the regular season of the MPSF with a 6-2 conference mark. The Bruins became MPSF champions, however, by winning the MPSF Tournament.
Key returnees for the Bruins include seniors Josh Samuels (49 goals) and Griffin White (45 goals), the top two scorers for UCLA a year ago. All-MPSF and conference tournament Most Outstanding Player Matt Rapacz (6.88 GAA, 180 saves) headlines a group of returning `keepers.
Opening weekend to the 2012 season is September 1-2, as the Bruins' host the UCLA Invitational in Spieker Aquatics Center. The Tournament's schedule, including opponents and times, has not been finalized. MPSF competition begins on Oct. 6 when the Bruins travel to California for a match to be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.
2012 MPSF PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
|Rank||Team||Points (First-Place)||2011 Record||2011 MPSF Record (Finish)|
|1||USC||63 (7)||24-3||8-0 (1st)|
|2||UCLA||56 (2)||24-5||6-2 (3rd)|
|5||UC Santa Barbara||31||16-12||3-5 (5th)|
|6||UC Irvine||25||17-12||2-6 (6th-tie)|
|8||Long Beach State||16||16-10||1-7 (9th)|