UCLA Men's Water Polo Picked Second in MPSF Preseason Poll

Aug. 16, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA men's water polo team has been selected to finish second out of nine teams in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) preseason coaches' poll, as announced by the conference on Monday.

The defending MPSF Tournament champion Bruins received 55 total points in the preseason poll, including two of nine first-place votes. UCLA was picked to finish behind California, which netted 58 total points, including four first-place votes.

Stanford was selected to finish third, securing two first-place votes, while USC was chosen fourth in the poll, garnering one first-place vote.

UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, Long Beach State, Pacific and Pepperdine round out the remaining nine teams in the preseason coaches' poll, respectively.

UCLA ended its 2009 season as the runner-up to USC in the NCAA Tournament, falling to its crosstown rival by a 6-5 margin in the NCAA Championship contest. The Bruins won the MPSF Tournament as the No. 4-seed, defeating No. 5-seed Pepperdine, No. 1-seed USC and No. 3-seed California on consecutive afternoons at USC.

In 2010, the Bruins return 15 letterwinners, including top attackers Ben Hohl and Cullen Hennessy. UCLA brings back a veteran group of five seniors - Hohl, Clay Jorth, Kevin Kuga, Jacob Murphy and Emilio Vieira. Additionally, the team welcomes back a talented trio of true sophomores in Griffin White, Josh Samuels and Bret Lathrope. White and Samuels finished third and fourth, respectively, in goals scored on the team last fall.

UCLA's team reports to campus on Thursday, Aug. 19, in preparation for the team's season-opening contest against Concordia on Saturday, Sept. 11. The Bruins will host 10 regular-season home matches, including the two-day SoCal Tournament (Oct. 2-3) at Spieker Aquatics Center.

2010 MPSF PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

Rank Team Points (First-Place) 2009 Record 2009 MPSF Record (Finish)
1 California 58 (4) 22-6 6-2 (3rd)
2 UCLA 55 (2) 23-7 5-3 (4th/MPSF Tournament Champion)
3 Stanford 54 (2) 21-4 7-1 (2nd)
4 USC 44 (1) 26-2 8-0 (1st/NCAA Champion)
5 UC Irvine 32 17-12 3-5 (6th)
6 UC Santa Barbara 31 13-16 1-7 (t-7th)
7 Long Beach State 18 9-12 1-7 (t-7th)
8 Pacific 17 13-17 1-7 (t-7th)
9 Pepperdine 15 13-12 4-4 (5th)


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Sep 05 - 9:20 AM PST
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 05 - 1:20 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Concordia
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Sep 06 - 1:50 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 8:00 AM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 11:45 AM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 2:15 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 10:20 AM PST
at Redlands
Redlands, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Whittier
Redlands, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 19 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Sep 20 - TBA PST
vs. NorCal Tournament
Stanford, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. ...
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Chapman
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Sep 26 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Alumni Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 03 - 12:00 PM PST
at Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 10 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Oct 11 - TBA PST
vs. SoCal Tournament
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Oct 17 - TBA PST
at Stanford
Stanford, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 2:00 PM PST
at San Jose State
San Jose, CA
Saturday, Oct 24 - TBA PST
vs. California
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 25 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Pacific
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 08 - 12:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Nov 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 22 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. MPSF Championships - ...
Los Angeles, CA
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