No. 3-Seed UCLA Opens NCAA Tournament Play on Friday

May 6, 2009

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FRIDAY, MAY 8 (Day One) - all game times are Pacific
Game 1 - 10:30 a.m. - (2) Stanford vs. (7) Marist
Game 2 - 12:15 p.m. - (3) UCLA vs. (6) Michigan
Game 3 - 2:00 p.m. - (1) USC vs. (8) Cal Lutheran
Game 4 - 4:00 p.m. - (4) Hawai'i vs. (5) Loyola Marymount

Game 5 - 9:30 a.m. - Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 6 - 11:15 a.m. - Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 7 - 1:00 p.m. - Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
Game 8 - 2:45 p.m. - Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

SUNDAY, MAY 10 (Day Three)
Game 9 - 10:30 a.m. - Loser Game 5 vs. Loser Game 6 (Seventh-Place Game)
Game 10 - 12:15 p.m. - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6 (Fifth-Place Game)
Game 11 - 2:00 p.m. - Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 8 (Third-Place Game)
Game 12 - 4:00 p.m. - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8 (Championship Game)

UCLA enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 3 seed after having gone 22-6 with a 5-2 MPSF record this season. The Bruins earned a third-place finish in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), behind first-place USC and second-place Stanford. The Bruins will open the tournament against No. 6-seed Michigan on Friday at 12:15 p.m. (PT). The winner of that match will face either No. 2-seed Stanford or No. 7-seed Marist on Saturday at 2:45 p.m. (PT).

CBS College Sports (formerly CSTV) will broadcast the NCAA championship match live on Sunday (4 p.m., PT) from Maryland's Eppley Recreation Center. Jason Knapp (play-by-play) and Chris Dorst (analyst) will have the call live on the pool deck.

UCLA seeks an unprecedented fifth consecutive NCAA championship in College Park, Md., this weekend. The four-time defending NCAA champion Bruins look to capture their 11th national women's water polo title. Since the first NCAA championship in 2001, UCLA has won six of the eight titles (2001, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008), with only Stanford in 2002 and USC in 2004 being able to break the stranglehold UCLA has on the trophy. Prior to women's water polo becoming an NCAA-sanctioned championship, UCLA won national titles in 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2000.

UCLA has compiled a 17-1 all-time record in NCAA Tournament play. The Bruins' lone loss came against Stanford (8-4) in the 2002 NCAA championship match on the campus of USC. UCLA has won its last 14 NCAA Tournament contests.

Each returning player on the 2009 UCLA roster is undefeated in NCAA Tournament competition, with the senior class of Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon owning three NCAA titles and a 9-0 record. If the Bruins win a fifth-straight title, this year's senior class will join former teammates Kamaile Crowell (2005-08), Gabrielle Domanic (2005-08), Jillian Kraus (2005-08), Courtney Mathewson (2005-08), Brittany Rowe (2005-08) and Kelly Rulon (2003, 05-07) as the only UCLA women in any sport to win four NCAA team championships.

UCLA can attribute much of its success this season to its four seniors - Anne Belden, Brittany Fullen, Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon. Over the past four seasons (2006-08), the Bruins' current senior class has gone 112-12. The Bruins' three senior attackers rank among the team's top three scorers this spring (Tanya Gandy, 70; Katie Rulon, 57; Anne Belden, 40). Senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen has logged 197 saves in 746 minutes in 2009.

Several Bruins have moved into elite company in the school's record books this season. Senior Tanya Gandy's current 70-goal total is tied for second place in UCLA's single-season record book (with Kelly Rulon's 70-goal totals from 2005, 2006 and 2007). Gandy's 178 career goals are tied for fourth-most in program history with Jillian Kraus, who registered 178 goals from 2005-08. Katie Rulon has registered 198 career goals, the third-highest total in school history. Senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen has collected 503 career saves, the third-most all-time among Bruin goalkeepers.

Senior Tanya Gandy has twice been named MPSF Player of the Week this season (Jan. 26, March 16). Gandy scored nine goals in three games at the Michigan Invitational (Jan. 24-25) and registered 13 goals in three games from March 12-14. Senior Brittany Fullen captured the weekly honor Feb. 16 after collecting 30 saves in two games. Senior Katie Rulon was named MPSF Player of the Week on March 9, having led UCLA with nine goals in three games that weekend.

UCLA's program-record 46-game win streak came to an end on Feb. 7, as Hawai'i edged the Bruins, 13-12. That streak stands as the longest in collegiate women's water polo history. Following a 7-6 loss at Stanford on April 14, 2007, UCLA won its next 46 games, spanning three different seasons. Along the way, the Bruins captured the 2007 and 2008 NCAA Championships.

The Bruins' 2009 squad features 10 sophomores, including top scoring threat Priscilla Orozco. Entering the NCAA Tournament, Orozco has totaled 40 goals, tied for third-most on the squad. Priscilla is joined on the team this season by younger sister, freshman Sarah Orozco (17 goals).

Adam Krikorian has tallied a 285-44 record, through his 11th season at the helm. 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 has led the UCLA women's water polo team to four consecutive NCAA Championships. Overall, he has coached the women's program to seven national championships (six NCAA).

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