March 9, 2012
LOS ANGELES - The No. 1 UCLA women's water polo team looks forward to Saturday's MPSF match against No. 10 San Jose State at Spieker Aquatics Center. Game time is 1 p.m. The Bruins have won their last seven matches, opening the season with a 13-1 record.
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 10 - 1 p.m.
No. 10 San Jose State (12-7, 0-2) at No. 1 UCLA (13-1, 2-0)
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
ON DECK FOR THE BRUINS
Saturday, March 17 - 1 p.m.
No. 5 Arizona State (15-2, 1-0) at No. 1 UCLA (13-1, 2-0)
at UCLA's Spieker Aquatics Center
LOS ANGELES - UCLA returns home to face No. 10 San Jose State on Saturday at 1 p.m. The Bruins have won seven consecutive games entering this weekend's MPSF match against the Spartans. Most recently, UCLA earned a 6-5 MPSF victory at No. 3 USC on Saturday, March 3. Gisselle Naranjo and Hannah Sebenaler each scored a pair of goals for UCLA at USC.
Bruins Outlast USC in Road Win
UCLA overcame a 4-2 halftime deficit by limiting USC to one goal in the second half last Saturday to defeat the Women of Troy, 6-5. The Bruins improved to 2-0 this season against USC with the MPSF victory last weekend. Caitlin Dement recorded 11 saves and helped UCLA hold USC scoreless in the fourth quarter of a crucial win. UCLA also edged USC, 8-7, on Feb. 25.
UCLA Wins UCI Invitational Title
KK Clark scored a team-leading nine goals in four matches and Caitlin Dement finished the weekend with 39 saves to help UCLA win the UCI Invitational championship (Feb. 25-26). After cruising past Cal State Northridge (13-4) and Michigan (13-3) on Saturday, the Bruins recorded a pair of one-goal wins against USC (8-7) and Stanford (5-4) to win the title that Sunday.
Bruins Stand Atop National Poll
UCLA was named the No. 1-ranked team on Wednesday, Feb. 29, marking the first time that the Bruins have secured outright possession of the number one spot since May 2009, after winning that season's NCAA Championship. UCLA and USC shared the number one ranking for two weeks prior to the 2010 NCAA Tournament.
Schedule Shifts Toward MPSF Play
The Bruins have seven regular-season contests remaining on their schedule, and five of those games will count in the MPSF standings. After hosting San Jose State this Saturday, the Bruins will host Arizona State on Saturday, March 17, in an MPSF contest at Spieker Aquatics Center. The only non-conference games left on UCLA's schedule include road contests at UC Irvine (April 14) and Loyola Marymount (April 15).
KK Among MPSF's Top Scorers
Senior KK Clark leads UCLA with 32 goals and ranks third among MPSF field players with a 2.29 goals per match average. The senior from Atherton, Calif., scored UCLA's first 13 matches this season and has netted two goals or more in 11 games. She has twice earned MPSF Player of the Week honors - after scoring 10 goals at the Michigan Invitational the weekend of Jan. 21-22.
Bruins Stingy on Defense
Backed by starting goalkeeper Caitlin Dement, UCLA has surrendered 4.93 goals per game, the second-lowest average among MPSF programs. The Bruins have limited their opposition to five goals or fewer in 11 of the team's 14 matches. UCLA has allowed a season-low three goals in three victories this year (twice at Stanford Invitational, once at UCI Invitational).
UCLA's Other Key Scorers
Sophomore Becca Dorst, junior Emily Greenwood and seniors Sarah Orozco and Hannah Sebenaler have each scored at least 11 goals midway through the season. Dorst ranks second on the team with 16 goals, having scored in seven straight games from Feb. 5 through Feb. 26. Greenwood and Sebenaler has each scored 12 goals while Orozco has tallied 11 goals.
Two Tournament Victories
The Bruins opened the 2012 season the weekend of Jan. 21-22 with three consecutive victories at the Michigan Invitational. Two weeks later, UCLA returned to action at the Stanford Invitational, where the Bruins finished second to tournament host Stanford. Most recently, UCLA won the UCI Invitational the weekend of Feb. 25-26.