Jan. 22, 2010
2010 Michigan Invitational Web Site
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The No. 3 UCLA women's water polo team opens its 2010 season at the Michigan Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 23. The Bruins will play No. 19 Indiana and No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday, before closing the two-day event against No. 10 Michigan and UC San Diego on Sunday.
Five-time defending NCAA champion UCLA returns 17 letterwinners from last season's NCAA Championship team. Junior attacker Priscilla Orozco is UCLA's top returning scorer, having registered 42 goals as a sophomore in 2009. Selected to the All-MPSF Freshman Team one year ago, sophomores KK Clark (30 goals) and Sarah Orozco (17 goals) look to build on their solid rookie campaigns.
With the departure of two-year starting goalkeeper Brittany Fullen (graduation), UCLA will look for sophomore Caitilin Dement to perform in the cage this season. In addition, sophomore Kristen Simonds and junior Morgan Ronimus will push for playing time in goal.
In addition, UCLA welcomes the addition of 10 freshmen and one four-year transfer to help bolster the team's roster.
The Bruins enter 2010 with Brandon Brooks as its new head coach. Brooks, a four-year UCLA men's water polo letterwinner and standout goalkeeper (1999-2002), served as an assistant coach with the Bruins' men's and women's water polo programs the last three seasons. He has also played for the USA Men's National Team, contributing as a goalkeeper at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics Games. In the summer of 2008, he helped lead Team USA to the silver medal at the Olympics in Beijing, China.
Following the weekend at the Michigan Invitational, UCLA will return to action at the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday, Feb. 7.