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Hawai'i, UC Irvine Head To Stanford For NCAA Tournament

5/7/2015

Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 15

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BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

HAWAI‘I CLAIMS BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIP
Going a perfect 3-0 at the Big West Tournament in Honolulu, Hawai‘i clinched a 9-8 overtime thriller versus defending champion, UC Irvine to claim its second-ever Big West Tournament title.  After a back-and-forth contest, senior ‘Bow Caity Lopes da Silva netted the game-winner with 10 seconds in left in overtime to help the Rainbow Wahine earned the conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament for what will be the program’s fifth-ever appearance.  The Rainbow Wahine are 4-8 in the NCAA Tourney all-time and have finished fourth every year they have participated. 

CAITY LOPES DA SILVA NAMED MVP
After netting the game-winning goal in overtime  in the Championship game of the conference tournament, Lopes da Silva was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player with a hat trick in the finals and four scores in the Tournament all together. 

TWO TEAMS TO NCAA ACTION
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 in Stanford, Calif.  Hawai’i earned the league’s automatic berth and UC Irvine earned an at-large bid as the NCAA Selection Committee announced the 10-team field last week.  This will be Irvine’s fourth trip to the tourney and UH’s second as a member of the Big West.

BIG WEST IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT

IRVINE IN THE TOURNEY
While UC Irvine earned an at-large bid to the 2015 NCAA Tournament, the at-large berth is the first in the Anteater’s program and the first for any league member as well.  The ’Eaters will make their fourth trip to the NCAAs, all appearances coming in the last five years and 2015 will be Irvine’s second trip in a row.  Irvine owns a 4-5 mark in NCAA Tournament matches having claimed fourth, fifth and sixth place in those outings.  Most recently, UCI finished in sixth going 1-2 in 2014 at USC’s Uytengsu’s Aquatics Center.  Alumna Jessy Cardey was named to the All-Tournament second team.

’BOWS BACK TO THE NCAAS

Hawai‘i faces No. 3 USC in its first match of this year’s Tournament and its second meeting with the Trojans this season.  UH is 0-3 all-time versus USC in the NCAA Championships and fell to the Trojans earlier this season 10-1 on March 20.