Feb. 6, 2009
Stanford Invitational Release (PDF)
Stanford Invitational Web Site
THE WEEK AHEAD
Saturday, Feb. 7 - 10:20 a.m.
No. 3 UCLA (4-0) vs. No. 10 San Jose State (6-2)
UCLA All-Time vs. SJSU: 25-0
Saturday, Feb. 7 - 5:45 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA (4-0) vs. No. 4 Hawai'i (4-1)
UCLA All-Time vs. Hawai'i: 31-0
Sunday, Feb. 8 - 9:10 a.m. (exhibition)
No. 3 UCLA (4-0) vs. U.S. National Team
Sunday, Feb. 8 - TBD
at Stanford Invitational, time TBD
LOS ANGELES - UCLA opens play in the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 7, against No. 10 San Jose State. The Bruins will play No. 4 Hawai'i that evening, before playing two games on Sunday. UCLA enters the weekend sporting a 4-0 record, having collected wins at the Michigan Invitational against Bucknell, Indiana and Michigan before defeating Long Beach State, 13-4, Thursday evening.
UCLA enters the Stanford Invitational riding a 45-game win streak, the longest such interseason streak in program history. Last season, the Bruins went 3-0 against San Jose State and 3-0 versus Hawai'i. San Jose State enters Saturday's match having upset Hawai'i, 10-8, on Wednesday evening.
Seniors Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon are the Bruins' two most veteran scoring threats. Rulon logged a team-high 62 goals as a junior in 2008. Rulon, who earned third-team All-America honors in 2008, registered team-highs with 55 steals last spring. Gandy totaled 47 goals one year ago and currently leads the Bruins with 13 goals in four matches.
The Bruins' 2009 squad features 10 sophomores, including top returning scoring threat Priscilla Orozco. As a freshman in 2008, Orozco finished the season with 25 goals before earning All-MPSF Freshman Team honors. This year, the resident of Commerce, Calif., has registered seven goals in four matches, tied for the second-highest total on the team with Katie Rulon.
Guiding a young team in 2009, UCLA's four seniors look to lead the Bruins to their fifth consecutive NCAA title. Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy, and Katie Rulon have each played roles in leading UCLA to NCAA titles the past four seasons. Belden, Gandy and Rulon accounted for 32 percent of UCLA's total goals in 2008. Fullen served as UCLA's starting goalkeeper in 2008.
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has reduced its women's water polo members from 13 to eight this season. Five previous members of the MPSF have joined the Big West Conference in women's water polo. Each MPSF team will play seven conference games in 2009, as UCLA hosts four MPSF matches and plays three conference games on the road. UCLA opens MPSF competition with its first home game, versus San Diego State, on Friday, Feb. 13.
IN THE POLLS
As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on Wednesday, Feb. 4, UCLA has been ranked third in the Division I poll. USC and Stanford are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and Hawai'i, California and San Diego State round out the top six spots. All eight MPSF programs are ranked in the top 10 spots - Arizona State is No. 7, San Jose State is No. 10.
IN THE CAGE
Senior Brittany Fullen has totaled 327 career saves, currently the fourth-highest mark in program history. Fullen's current 3.79 career goals against average ranks as the lowest mark in the school's record book. Last season, Fullen established UCLA's single-season saves record, making 237 stops as the starting goalkeeper in all 33 matches. Fullen's 4.73 goals against average last spring was the third-lowest mark among MPSF goalkeepers. The San Clemente, Calif., resident earned second-team ACWPC All-America honors.
HOME SWEET HOME
UCLA's schedule features eight home games to be played at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. The home slate features San Diego State (Feb. 13) and Loyola Marymount (Feb. 14) next weekend. UCLA takes on Hawai'i on Feb. 19 and welcomes California on March 7. After a non-conference match against UC Irvine (March 12), UCLA hosts a doubleheader on March 26 against Hartwick and Brown. The Bruins close their regular season at home versus USC (April 11).
AT THE HELM
In his 11th season as head coach of the women's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied a 267-38 record. A four-year men's water polo letterwinner and 1997 UCLA graduate, Krikorian has been a part of 14 national championships in 16 seasons with the men's and women's water polo programs. Krikorian led the women's program to seven national championships (six NCAA). Krikorian has twice led the UCLA women's water polo program to undefeated NCAA championship seasons (33-0 record in 2005 and 2008, including perfect 12-0 MPSF marks in both seasons).