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UCLA 5, USC 4 - NCAA Championship - Postgame Quotes
By: UCLA Athletics

May 10, 2009


2009 NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship
College Park, Md. - Eppley Recreation Center

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 1 USC - Postgame Quotes

UCLA head coach Adam Krikorian
on the game
"It may be one of the most improbable wins that we've had. I knew going into the game that defense was going to be the key. I knew that we were going to have a hard time scoring 11 goals like we did last night, and so I knew we had to play good defense. It started with our goalkeeper, Brittany Fullen, who did an amazing job and everyone defensively stepped up their game. We picked a heck of a time to have our best defensive effort of the year. I mean to go an entire half without scoring and still be able to win is incredible."

USC head coach Jovan Vavic
on the game
"I told the girls after the game that they battled hard. They never gave up. It was one of those games where we tried everything, and our shots just didn't go. We were 4-for-34 shooting. I don't think I was ever part of a game where we were 4 out of 34. We created counter-attack opportunities, and they just didn't go in today. There were too many bar downs. We played good 5-on-6 defense. We kept them to five goals, and we usually score 12. I have to give UCLA credit today. They shut us down."

on the season
"This team really had a great season and one game doesn't change it. Yes, we lost the final game, but we still won 26 games and lost only two. We had so many new players on this team from the beginning. We had some work to do to put this team together to be whereit is. Don't forget, this UCLA team has six or seven girls coming back from last year's championship game. They had experience and know how to win in big games. We did not have that experience. We learned this year, and we learned last year how hard it is to win those. But I feel that, as a team, we grew tremendously this year."

USC senior driver Michelle Stein
on her performance
"I took a lot of shots that were blocked or missed. We had a lot of opportunities - they just weren't going in."

on the season
"Our team grew and we had great chemistry and we won a lot of big games. But when it comes down to it at the end, it's tough to beat a team more than once, especially when it's a close game every time you beat them. We beat them twice and the third game was particularly tough."

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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