UCLA Women's Water Polo Postseason Update

April 21, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's water polo team has earned the No. 4 seed in the upcoming MPSF Tournament and will open first-round play against No. 5-seed USC on Friday, April 29 at San Jose State's Aquatics Center at 3 p.m.

The Bruins (22-5, 4-3 MPSF) finished the regular season in a three-way tie for third place in the MPSF standings with Hawai'i and USC. Each of those three teams went 1-1 against each other in MPSF play, prompting the tiebreak to result in goal differential (in games between UCLA, USC and Hawai'i). As a result, Hawai'i has secured the No. 3 seed, UCLA the No. 4 seed and USC the No. 5 seed.

All eight conference programs advance to the MPSF Tournament (April 29-May 1 at San Jose State), with the tournament winner earning an automatic selection to the NCAA Tournament (May 13-15 at Michigan). Eight NCAA teams will be selected to play in the NCAA Tournament in three weeks.

The winner of the first-round match between No. 4-seed UCLA and No. 5-seed USC will play the winner of the contest between No. 1-seed Stanford and No. 8-seed Arizona State. Other first-round meetings include No. 2-seed California against No. 7-seed San Diego State, and No. 3-seed Hawai'i facing No. 6-seed and tournament host San Jose State.

Senior Priscilla Orozco concluded the regular season as UCLA's leading scorer, registering 48 goals in 27 matches. Junior KK Clark finished second on the team with 42 goals, and senior Grace Reynolds was third with 30 goals.

UCLA's defense has been anchored by junior goalkeeper Caitlin Dement (128 saves, 5.14 GAA) and freshman goalkeeper Sami Hill (112 saves, 5.69 GAA). The Bruins' defense has posted a combined 5.37 goals against average, the second lowest mark among all MPSF teams. Dement's 5.14 goals against average is the fourth lowest mark in the conference.

The Bruins have advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last six seasons. A strong showing against conference foes in the upcoming MPSF Tournament can help UCLA's chances of securing either an at-large bid or the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UCLA won five consecutive NCAA titles from 2005 through 2009 - the Bruins' current senior class was a part of the NCAA titles won in 2008 and 2009.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 13-4
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
W, 17 - 1
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. Loyola Marymount
San Diego, CA
W, 14 - 7
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. UC Davis
San Diego, CA
W, 5 - 1
Sunday, Feb 14
vs. USC
San Diego, CA
L, 6 - 8
Friday, Feb 19
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
W, 11 - 6
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. San Diego State
Newport Beach, CA
W, 6 - 5
Saturday, Feb 27
vs. Michigan
Newport Beach, CA
W, 14 - 8
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. Hawai'i
Irvine, CA
W, 10 - 6
Sunday, Feb 28
vs. USC
Irvine, CA
L, 7 - 10
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 17 - 4
Saturday, Mar 05
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 22 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 9 - 5
Sunday, Mar 06
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
W, 20 - 5
Sunday, Mar 20
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
W, 6 - 1
Friday, Mar 25
at California
Berkeley, CA
W, 4 - 3
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 - 11:00 AM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, May 13 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Los Angeles, CA
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