Light Schedule Heavy With Ranked Foes For Women's Water Polo
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 2
Only nine matches are on the women's water polo docket this weekend but the action will be full of intriguing matchups against ranked opposition. The Cal Cup will see Long Beach State and UC Davis taking part, a tourney that includes #2 Stanford, #3 UCLA and #4 California among others. Defending Big West Tournament champion UC Irvine will also play a pair of ranked foes in Riverside at the Lancer Invitational hosted by Cal Baptist. Also a prime non-tournament matchup is in the cards as Arizona State visits Hawai'i on Saturday.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
Big West Celebrates 50/35
The 2018-19 season marks the 50th anniversary for men’s sports in the Big West Conference, and the 35th for women’s. All season long, the Big West Conference will celebrate the history of all conference sports. Join us as we pay homage to the student-athletes, coaches, staffs, communities and fans who have helped pave the way.
• UC Irvine’s Dan Klatt has been the most successful coach in the 10-year history of Big West women’s water polo. Klatt has won or shared seven Big West regular season titles, won seven Big West Tournament crowns and has been named Coach of the Year on seven occasions. Klatt is also the all-time winningest coach in league history with 211 wins and counting.
• CSUN’s Madeleine Sanchez (2015-18) ended her career as one of the best players in Big West history. Sanchez led the conference in scoring in every season except for her freshman year, posting a conference record 229 goals. Sanchez was also a two-time first team All-Big West choice, twice named honorable mention All-America and also tallied 146 assists in her career.
No Need To Wait
UC Davis scored 20 goals in a match twice last season but it didn’t happen until late February. No need to wait as long this season for that to happen as the Aggies tallied 21 against Fresno Pacific. 12 UCD players found the back of the net led by senior Annie Kutt who scored four times in as many shots.
Irene The Scorer
Coming off of a 21-win season there are a lot of expectations for Hawai’i and the club did not disappoint in the opening weekend of play. UH went 3-0 and dominated its opponents by a combined score of 50-14. The Rainbow Wahine were led by defending Big West Player of the Year Irene Gonzalez. The senior scored 11 goals, tallied four assists and added seven steals over the three matches.
The Beach Ready For 2019
Long Beach State will begin its 2019 slate this weekend with a trip up north to take part in the Cal Cup. The squad didn’t compete last weekend but will hit the pool against top notch competition in Stanford, Fresno State, San Jose State and homestanding California. Senior Tori Morissey is the top returnee for the Beach as she comes off a season in which she was named first team All-Big West after scoring 30 goals, tallying 16 assists and a team-best 46 points.
Snyder Picks Up Where She Left Off
UC Santa Barbara’s Sarah Snyder led the team to an impressive 4-1 mark at UCSB Winter Invite. Snyder scored eight goals on 11 shots to lead the squad in scoring over the season-opening tourney. Snyder’s strong start comes on the heels of an impressive 2018 campaign that saw her lead the team and tie for fourth in the Big West with 49 goals.