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Hawai'i, UC Irvine Will Represent The Big West In The NCAA Tournament


Big West regular-season champs UC Irvine and Big West Tournament champs Hawai'i will represent the conference at the NCAA Championships
2015 NCAA Bracket

For the first time in Big West Women's Water Polo history, two teams will represent the conference at the NCAA Tournament hosted by Stanford University May 8-10.  Hawai'i earned the league's automatic berth after clinching the Big West Conference Championship Sunday, and UC Irvine earned an at-large bid as the NCAA Selection Committee announced the 10-team field Monday.

While the top six teams have been placed in the bracket, including Hawai'i and UC Irvine, the remaining four teams will play for an opportunity to secure a berth in the bracket via two play-in games conducted on May 2.

The Rainbow Wahine (18-8) will play in game two on May 8 in the first round versus USC (22-5) at the Avery Aquatic Center in Stanford, Calif. at 4:45 pm PT.  The 'Bows met the Trojans earlier this season on March 20 when USC recorded a 10-1 victory.

The Anteaters  (19-8) will play California (19-7) in the final game of the first round at Stanford at 8:15 pm PT.  Cal owns a 2-0 record over the 'Eaters this season after playing to a 9-4 win on Feb. 1 and a 10-6 advantage on Feb. 21.

This is Hawaii's second trip to the NCAAs as a member of the Big West Conference and it is Irvine's fourth.

The 2015 championship will be an eight-team, single-elimination tournament (12 games), with a losers’ bracket to determine places three through eight.


Photos from the 2015 Big West Women's Water Polo Championship Final - (1) UC Irvine vs. (3) Hawai'i on Sunday, April 26, 2015.All photos by Shane Grace.

Posted by Big West Conference on Monday, April 27, 2015