A Look Back At The 2016 Women's Water Polo Campaign
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 18 / Final
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
GAUCHOS MAKE HISTORY
UC Santa Barbara made program history in the Big West Tournament, claiming its first-ever Big West Tournament crown at the eighth tournament since the league’s inaugural season in 2009. The Gauchos went 3-0, first taking down #6 CSUN 8-4 and #2 UC Irvine in a thrilling 7-6 sudden victory to clinch the semifinal win. UCSB then defeated defending tournament champion, #4 Hawai‘i, in a domineering 11-5 finish. With the win, the Gauchos earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
MURPHY IS MOST VALUABLE
UC Santa Barbara senior Samantha Murphy received most valuable player honors at the Big West Tournament, becoming the first Gaucho to receive the accolade. Murphy tallied a hat trick in each of UCSB’s three outings to help lead her team to its first-ever tournament title and trip to the NCAA Tournament.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RECAP
UC Santa Barbara finished seventh in the NCAA Tournament at the program’s first-ever trip to the Big Dance. The Gauchos went 1-2 after falling to No. 2 Stanford 12-5 and No. 10 UC San Diego 10-5 before defeating No. 13 San Diego State 8-2.
BEACH TAKES TITLE
Long Beach State made history of its own after wrapping up the regular season with a 4-1 mark in league to earn its first-ever Big West women’s water polo regular season title.
BIG WEST RANKS AMONG TOP TEAMS
This season, Hawai‘i retained a top-five ranking for eight weeks, including a six-week streak in which it consistently pulled a No. 4 national ranking. While UC Irvine received its highest-ever ranking to open a season at No. 5, UC Davis also received a top-five ranking twice this year.
YOUNG TALENT MAKES NOISE FOR UH
Hawai‘i first year Irene Gonzalez netted four goals in UH’s first outing of the Big West Tournament versus UC Davis to tie for the eigth-best mark in tournament history. The rookie received Freshman of the Year honors for her efforts in her inaugural, collegiate campaign.