April 1, 2009
LOS ANGELES - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team plays an MPSF match at No. 1 Stanford on Friday at Avery Aquatic Center in Palo Alto, Calif. In their only meeting of the year against Stanford, the Bruins dropped a 10-5 decision at the Stanford Invitational on Feb. 8. Friday's match is UCLA's second to final game of the regular season.
Friday, April 3 - 6 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA (20-3, 5-0 MPSF) at No. 1 Stanford (20-1, 4-0 MPSF)
at Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center
WHAT'S ON DECK - UCLA has just two games remaining on its regular-season slate. After playing at top-ranked Stanford on Friday, April 3, the Bruins return home for their final game of the season against No. 2 USC on Saturday, April 11. Game time against the Trojans is slated for 1 p.m. at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. UCLA enters Friday's match against Stanford with a perfect 5-0 MPSF record.
SENIOR LEADERS - Guiding a young team in 2009, UCLA's four seniors have helped lead the Bruins to a 20-3 record. Looking to capture their fifth consecutive NCAA title, UCLA has received a team-leading 62 goals from Gandy, 46 goals from Rulon and 33 goals from Belden. Fullen has started in goal in 19 of UCLA's 23 matches, collecting 156 saves in 72-plus quarters.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK - 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.
MANY CONTRIBUTIONS - Several freshmen have made significant contributions through the team's first 23 matches. Freshman KK Clark ranks fifth on the team with 24 goals. Additionally, freshmen Randi Bresee and Sarah Orozco have totaled 17 goals and 15 goals, respectively. In all, the Bruins have received at least six goals from 14 players this season.
RECORD NUMBERS - Senior Brittany Fullen registered a career-high 18 saves in UCLA's 14-7 win over Loyola Marymount on Saturday, Feb. 14. The previous afternoon, Fullen tied her then-career-high with 12 saves in a 14-7 MPSF victory against San Diego State. UCLA leads all MPSF teams in fewest goals allowed per game, limiting the opposition to a 5.65 goals-per-game average.
STREAK SNAPPED - 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.
SUPER SISTERS - The Bruins' 2009 squad features 10 sophomores, including top scoring threat Priscilla Orozco. Entering Friday's match at Stanford, Orozco has totaled 31 goals, the fourth-highest total on the team. Through UCLA's 23 matches, she has scored at least one goal in 16 games. Priscilla is joined on the team this spring by her younger sister, freshman Sarah Orozco (15 goals).
MPSF REALIGNMENT - The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) has reduced its number of 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.
IN THE POLLS - As released by the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) on April 1, UCLA has been ranked third in the Division I poll. Stanford and USC are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and Hawai'i has captured the No. 4 spot. Rounding out the top six selections are California (5), San Jose State (6), San Diego State (7), Arizona State (8), UC Irvine (9) and Loyola Marymount (10).
HOME SWEET HOME - UCLA has posted a perfect 7-0 record at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center this season. Most recently, the Bruins registered a 15-6 win versus No. 12 Hartwick and a 15-9 victory over Brown in a doubleheader on Thursday, March 26. The Bruins close their regular-season schedule at home versus crosstown rival USC (April 11).
AT THE HELM - Adam Krikorian has tallied a 283-41 record, midway 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.