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
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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
vs. Stanford
Bakersfield, CA
L, 3 - 6
Sunday, May 01
vs. California
Bakersfield, CA
W, 7 - 5
Friday, May 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, May 14
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 7
Sunday, May 15
vs. Michigan
Los Angeles, CA
W, 5 - 4
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