UC Irvine Head Coach Dan Klatt Achieves Big West Milestone
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Irvine head coach Dan Klatt reached his 100th overall win in his Big West career with a victory over UC Davis last week. Klatt has been with the Big West since 2009 leading all current coaches in overall (101) and conference (20) wins. The Anteaters beat UC Davis on the road, 7-6 with a buzzer beater by Cambria Shockley just one second left in regulation. Irvine went on to beat Pacific as well last week, 8-5 to advance to 3-1 in league play, fourth place in standings. This week the Anteaters have two scheduled matches, USC (4/6) and conference matchup against Cal State Northridge (4/7).
SDSU SECURES NO. 1 SLOT
The top-ranked team nationally has taken the top seed in conference standings after a win over Hawai’i last week. San Diego State was led last week by senior Amber Pezzolla led the way for SDSU with a team-high seven goals, three assists and three steals for the week. The senior came up especially big in the Hawai’i game as she scored five goals on six attempts, while assisting on two more. The Aztecs have a solo match this week facing UC Santa Barbara.
BIG WEST COMPETITION
All eight teams continue to be recognized in the top-20 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. San Diego continues to hold the lead at No. 6 over UC Irvine at No. 7 and Hawai’i right behind in the eight slot. A total of 16 conference matches have determined competition will be close in the final Big West Tournament. Of the 16 matches, all have been won by 5 goals or less, 14 of 16 by four goals or less, 14 of 16 by three goals or less, 9 of 16 by 2 goals or less and a total of 7 are won by a single goal.
UC IRVINE HOSTS BIG WEST TOURNAMENT
The Anteaters will host this seasons post-season tournament at the Anteater Aquatics Complex, April 26-28th. The ‘Eaters have dominated all four seasons as tournament champs, this being the first time the ‘Eaters will host the conference tournament.
Last season Irvine made a post-season run finishing fourth at the NCAA Tournament.