UCI Hosts Prestigious Barbara Kalbus Invitational
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 6
UC Irvine is in the spotlight this week as the Anteaters host the Barbara Kalbus Invitational. The tournament attracts the top clubs in the nation to Orange County, producing some of the finest water polo matches around.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
KLATT CLOSING IN
UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, the winningest coach in league history, is closing in on another major milestone. Two more victories gives Klatt 200 for his career, making him the first coach in league history to attain the feat.
Hawai’i enters the weekend with an eight-match win streak, longest in the league. After a 17-day layoff, the Rainbow Wahine dropped #24 Cal Baptist, 20-3, giving them a league-best 8-1 mark. With fierce competition ahead at the prestigious Barbara Kalbus Invitational, UH will have its win streak tested starting with #14 San Diego State.
AGGIE GOAL, AGGIE GOAL, AGGIE GOAL
UC Davis welcomed clubs to Schaal Aquatics Center last weekend for the Aggie Shootout and treated them to a litany of goals. UCD averaged 12 goals per game in the tournament, scoring at least 14 goals on three occasions. The highwater mark was an 18-goal outburst against #23 Fresno State.
UCI HOSTS BARBARA KALBUS INVITATIONAL
One of the most prestigious tournaments in the nation takes place this week in Orange County as UC Irvine hosts the Barbara Kalbus Invitational. The tourney will feature 16 clubs that are all ranked in the top 20. The field includes top-ranked Stanford, #2 Cal, #3 USC, #4 UCLA and every Big West club except UC Davis.
The tournament was renamed in 2017 to honor Barbara Kalbus, an influential figure in not only UCI water polo, but USA water polo as well.
Kalbus was a 1993 inductee into the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame, serving as a longtime manager for the Men’s Senior National Team as well as holding a variety of leadership positions within USA Water Polo, including the title of President from 1980-1984.
At UC Irvine, she served as the desk manager for both the men’s and women’s teams for over 30 years.
Nine players who earned either first or second team All-Big West honors return to the fold in 2018, five of those being first team honorees.