UCLA Earns No. 3 Seed in NCAA Tournament

April 29, 2013

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LOS ANGELES - The fourth-ranked UCLA women's water polo team (26-6, 3-3 MPSF) earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament on Monday and will face No. 6 seed Princeton (26-5, 5-0 CWPA) on Friday, May 10 at 12:30 p.m. (PT)/3:30 p.m. (ET) in the quarterfinal round.

Selected to the NCAA Championships for the ninth consecutive year, the Bruins will be facing Princeton for the first time in postseason play. UCLA is 5-0 all-time against the Tigers, but hasn't faced them since a 17-5 win at UC San Diego on March 12, 2005. Coincidentally, the 2005 season was the start of the Bruins' nine-year NCAA Tournament streak, and the start of UCLA's five consecutive NCAA Championships (2005 to 2009). The Bruins ended the 2005 campaign with a perfect 33-0 record.

UCLA finished fourth in the MPSF this season but recently captured third place at the MPSF Tournament in Berkeley, Calif., this weekend. The Bruins opened with a 4-3 win over No. 5 California on April 26. UCLA met up with No. 1 Stanford in the semifinals and suffered an 11-7 setback. But the Bruins bounced back to beat No. 3 Arizona State, 10-7, in the third-place game, which essentially locked UCLA in for the last at-large berth to the NCAA Championships in Boston, May 10-12, at Harvard's Blodgett Pool.

This marks UCLA's 19th postseason tournament appearance and the 12th NCAA Tournament appearance as the Bruins lead the nation in national championships with a total of 11 and seven NCAA titles in school history. The Bruins haven't won the title since 2009, which capped a string of five straight for UCLA.

The Bruins have amassed a record of 49-7 all-time in postseason play and a stellar mark of 26-4 in NCAA Championship competition. UCLA has never lost to a team outside of California in NCAA Championship play and has only lost once to a team outside of its home state in postseason play in school history. The Bruins' suffered a 9-7 defeat to Slippery Rock (PA) in UCLA's first-ever postseason tournament in 1995. Slippery Rock went on to win the national title.

Should the Bruins get by Princeton, they will meet the winner of No. 2 Stanford/No. 7 Iona on May 11 at 7:00 p.m. (ET)/4:00 p.m. (PT) in the semifinals.

The Bruins went 2-5 this year against the 2013 NCAA Championship field. UCLA defeated No. 4 seed Hawai'i, 12-7, in a neutral contest and posted a 22-5 home win over No. 8 seed Pomona-Pitzer. But UCLA lost twice to No. 1 USC (11-10 N, 11-6 H) and three times to No. 2 Stanford (8-5 A, 8-1 A, 11-7 N) during the 2013 season.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. Hawai'i
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 13 - 8
Saturday, Jan 23
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 8 - 5
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Long Beach State
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 4
Sunday, Jan 24
vs. Michigan
Santa Barbara, CA
W, 11 - 7
Saturday, Jan 30
vs. USA Scrimmage
Los Angeles, CA
L, 4 - 13
Saturday, Feb 13 - 8:30 AM PST
vs. Sonoma State
San Diego, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - TBA PST
vs. Loyola Marymount or ...
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Sunday, Feb 14 - TBA PST
vs. Triton Invitational
San Diego, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Sunday, Feb 28 - TBA PST
vs. UC Irvine ...
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:50 AM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Ann Arbor, MI
Saturday, Mar 05 - 4:30 PM PST
vs. George Washington
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 7:40 AM PST
at Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 06 - 1:40 PM PST
vs. Bucknell
Ann Arbor, MI
Sunday, Mar 20 - 1:00 PM PST
at CSU Bakersfield
Bakersfield, CA
Friday, Mar 25 - 5:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. San Jose State
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 12:15 PM PST
vs. Redlands
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Apr 03 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Pomona-Pitzer
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 1:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 15 - 3:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 23 - 11:30 AM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - All Day PST
vs. MPSF Championships
Bakersfield, CA
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