UCLA Women's Water Polo Ranked No. 3 in Preseason Poll

Jan. 15, 2010

BRIDGEPORT, Pa. - The five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA women's water polo team has been ranked No. 3 in the NCAA Division I preseason top-20 poll, as released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) this week.

Stanford opens the year as the preseason No. 1-ranked team, and USC follows at No. 2. Rounding out the top five teams, after No. 3 UCLA, include No. 4 Hawai'i and No. 5 California. The Bruins have been selected third in the preseason poll for the second consecutive year.

UCLA enters the 2010 season having won each of the last five NCAA championships, accumulating a record in that span of 148-12. Juniors Priscilla Orozco, Kelly Easterday and Megan Burmeister return as several of the Bruins' most experienced, veteran players.

Sophomore Caitlin Dement is expected to push for the team's starting goalkeeper role, and classmates KK Clark and Sarah Orozco return after having been selected to the MPSF All-Freshman team one year ago.

In all, UCLA's roster features 11 juniors, seven sophomores and 10 freshmen. The Bruins also feature first-year head coach Brandon Brooks, who spent the last three seasons as an assistant coach on the UCLA men's and women's water polo coaching staffs. Molly Cahill enters her second year as an assistant coach.

The Bruins open their season at the Michigan Invitational on Jan. 23-24.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Hawai'i
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 13 - 8
Saturday, Jan 23
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 8 - 5
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Long Beach State
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 4
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Michigan
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 7
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 13
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - TBA PST
vs. Loyola Marymount or ...
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:50 AM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, Mar 05 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 7:40 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:40 PM PST
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 20 - 1:00 PM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 1:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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