April 29, 2013
2013 UCLA Statistics | NCAA Tournament Website
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.