No. 1 UCLA Women's Water Polo Prepares to Defend MPSF Crown

April 22, 2008

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THIS WEEKEND: UCLA enters the 2008 MPSF Tournament as the top seed, posting a perfect 27-0 mark after having finished 12-0 in MPSF action. The Bruins will open the tournament against either UC Irvine or San Jose State on Friday at 11:20 a.m. The winner of that match will play Saturday at 2:50 p.m.

ONE OF A KIND: The Bruins recently completed the fourth perfect MPSF season (12-0) since the inception of NCAA women's water polo in 2001. UCLA also accomplished the feat in 2005, en route to capturing the program's seventh national championship (third NCAA title).

BEST START SINCE: UCLA won all 27 regular-season matches and currently boasts a 35-game win streak, dating back to April 14, 2007, when Stanford downed UCLA, 7-6. In 2005, the Bruins finished the season with a perfect 33-0 record.

WEEKLY DEAL: UCLA has garnered seven MPSF Player of the Week selections in 13 weeks. Honorees this season have included seniors Brittany Rowe, Courtney Mathewson and Jillian Kraus, in addition to juniors Katie Rulon (three times) and Brittany Fullen.

TOPS ALL AROUND: Among MPSF teams, the Bruins are averaging the most goals per game (12.74) and fewest goals allowed per match (5.11). Brittany Fullen has logged the fourth-lowest goals against average, posting a 4.78 mark in 27 matches. Katie Rulon has scored a team-leading 54 goals, averaging 2.0 goals per game.

IN THE CAGE: Junior Brittany Fullen has logged a 4.78 goals against average in all 27 matches, posting two shutouts. Fullen has logged 200 saves, playing a total of 841 minutes and 53 seconds. Fullen tallied a career-high 15 saves against Stanford on Feb. 24.

REGULAR SCORERS: Senior Jillian Kraus has scored at least one goal in 26 of the team's 27 matches this season. Kraus scored in each of the first 13 matches. Senior Courtney Mathewson has registered at least one goal in each of the last 17 games (32 goals in that span) and has scored in 24 of 27 regular-season games.

POSTSEASON: San Diego State is hosting this season's MPSF Tournament (Aztec Aquaplex). Updated tournament results are available at San Diego State's athletics website, Stanford will host the 2008 NCAA Championships on May 9-11 at the Avery Aquatics Center.

SENIOR LEADERS: UCLA's 2008 women's water polo team features five seniors, all of whom have been a part of the past three NCAA championship teams at UCLA. Kamaile Crowell, Gabrielle Domanic, Jillian Kraus, Courtney Mathewson and Brittany Rowe look to lead the Bruins to an unprecedented fourth national championship this spring.

IMPRESSIVE RECORD: The Bruins have logged a record of 117-6 over the last three seasons. UCLA cruised to the 2005 NCAA title with a 33-0 record. In 2006, the Bruins finished 29-4, capping the season with their second consecutive NCAA championship. Last spring, UCLA went 28-2 after winning the MPSF and NCAA titles.

BACK HOME: Four members of the women's water polo team call San Diego home. Senior Brittany Rowe, juniors Tanya Gandy and Katie Rulon and freshman Morgan Ronimus each arrived at UCLA after having grown up in the San Diego area.

TITLE DEFENSE: The Bruins have won each of the last three NCAA championships and claimed the MPSF Tournament title last spring. Last season's NCAA title marked UCLA's 100th NCAA team championship, making UCLA the first school to accomplish that feat. Since the sport's inception (1995), UCLA has won nine national championships, six as NCAA titles (first NCAA in 2001).

TOP RANKED: UCLA has maintained the No. 1 ranking all season. Conference foes USC, Stanford, Hawaii and California rounded out the preseason top five slots. The Golden Bears were followed by San Diego State, San Jose State, UC Davis, UC Irvine and Hartwick. The Bruins were a unanimous No. 1 selection, earning all 100 points (preseason).

AT THE HELM: In his 10th season as head coach of the women's water polo team, Adam Krikorian has tallied an impressive 256-38 career record. Krikorian has guided the women's water polo program to six national titles (five NCAA). He also serves as the UCLA men's water polo head coach, having led that program to three NCAA titles in nine years. Krikorian played water polo at UCLA, leading the 1995 men's water polo team to its first NCAA title since 1972.

Thursday, April 24 (Day One)

Game No. Time (Pacific) Opponents
Game 1 10:00 a.m. (4) San Diego State vs. (13) Pacific
Game 2 11:20 a.m. (5) Hawai'i vs. (12) UC Santa Barbara
Game 3 12:40 p.m. (6) Arizona State vs. (11) Cal State Northridge
Game 4 2:30 p.m. (7) California vs. (10) Long Beach State
Game 5 3:50 p.m. (8) UC Irvine vs. (9) San Jose State

Friday, April 25 (Day Two)

Game No. Time (Pacific) Opponents
Game 6 10:00 a.m. Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
Game 7 11:20 a.m. (1) UCLA vs. Winner Game 5
Game 8 12:40 p.m. (2) Stanford vs. Winner Game 4
Game 9 2:30 p.m. (3) USC vs. Winner Game 3
Game 10 3:50 p.m. Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2

Saturday, April 26 (Day Three)

Game No. Time (Pacific) Opponents
Game 11 9:00 a.m. Loser Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6
Game 12 10:20 a.m. Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
Game 13 11:40 a.m. Loser Game 7 vs. Loser Game 10
Game 14 1:30 p.m. Loser Game 8 vs. Loser Game 9
Game 15 2:50 p.m. Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 10
Game 16 4:10 p.m. Winner Game 8 vs. Winner Game 9

Sunday, April 27 (Day Four)

Game No. Time (Pacific) Opponents
Game 17 9:00 a.m. 11th Place - Loser Game 11 vs. Loser Game 12
Game 18 10:20 a.m. 9th Place - Winner Game 11 vs. Winner Game 12
Game 19 11:40 a.m. 7th Place - Loser Game 13 vs. Loser Game 14
Game 20 1:30 p.m. 5th Place - Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14
Game 21 2:50 p.m. 3rd Place - Loser Game 15 vs. Loser Game 16
Game 22 4:10 p.m. 1st Place - Winner Game 15 vs. Winner Game 16

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