UC Davis Travels To Loaded Stanford Invitational
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UC Davis competes in the Stanford Invitational, which features eight nationally ranked teams and the top four in the most recent Collegiate Water Polo Association poll. The Aggies face top-ranked Stanford and No. 5 San Jose State for the second straight week to open up competition on Friday.
Three Tournaments On Tap In This Week’s Women’s Water Polo Schedule
Tournament action fills up the majority of this week’s Big West women’s water polo schedule as teams scatter to the Lancer Mini Tournament, Stanford Invitational and Pacific Invite.
Cal State Northridge and UC Irvine are participating in the Lancer Mini Tournament hosted by Cal Baptist. The Matadors take on a pair of ranked opponents in No. 6 Arizona State and No. 13 Hartwick College before ending the single-day event with Pomona-Pitzer. The Anteaters also take on Hartwick College while facing the host Cal Baptist.
UC Davis encounters the toughest competition of anyone this week with three ranked opponents awaiting at the Stanford Invitational. The Aggies open the tournament on Friday against the top-ranked and host Cardinal followed by a matchup with No. 5 San Jose State for the third time in as many weeks. In Saturday’s action, the road does not get any easier as the Aggies battle No. 3 USC and then complete for a place later that afternoon. The tournament also includes No. 2 California, No. 4 UCLA, No. 10 Hawai’i and No. 13 Michigan.
After a week of being idle, Pacific returns to action this week as the host of the five-team Pacific Invite. The Tigers square off against Cal State East Bay, Azusa Pacific, Wagner and Fresno Pacific over the two days.
Long Beach State dives into action for the first time on Saturday, welcoming No. 8 San Diego State to Campus Pool. The 49ers are coming off a 14-17 season in which they reached the championship game of the Big West Tournament.
UC Santa Barbara, which so far has played more games (11) than any other Big West school, takes a break from action this week.
Five Teams Remained Ranked In CWPA Poll
The Big West continues to be well represented with the second regular season Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll placing five schools in the top 20. UC Irvine, which got off to a 3-1 start last week, kept its No. 7 ranking.
UC Davis, Long Beach State and UC Santa Barbara moved up one spot to No. 14, No. 15, No. 16, respectively. Cal State Northridge fell one slot to No. 20. Pacific is receiving votes in the poll.
Big West In NCAA Championship
The Big West received an automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship for the first time in league history in 2011. Once again, the Big West Tournament champion will earn one of nine slots for the 2012 NCAA Women’s Water Polo Championship, which will be played May 11-13 at the Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, Calif. Host San Diego State will become an official member of the Big West in 2013.