Standings Shuffle as Big West Regular Season Nears Finish
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With the end of the regular season closely approaching the matches continue to shuffle the standings, this week Hawai’i taking the lead with two conference wins last week. Hawai’i hit the road for northern California matchups with a win against UC Davis (14-12) and a one-goal advantage over Pacific for the win 12-11. The Rainbow Wahine were led by senior Amarens Genee collecting a total 16 goals over the four-match contests for Hawai’i. Genee erupted a career-high seven goals at The Bronco, a tournament hosted by Santa Clara in the finale against Colorado for an 18-7 win to cap the weekend at 4-0.
BIG WEST COMPETITION
All eight teams continue to be recognized in the top-20 of the Collegiate Water Polo Association. UC Irvine took back the lead this week at No. 6 with Hawai’i making an appearance for the first time this season at seven, and San Diego State falling to No. 8. A total of 19 conference matches have determined competition will be close in the final Big West Tournament. Of the 19 matches, all but one have been won by 5 goals or less, 17 of 19 by four goals or less, 12 of 19 by 2 goals or less and a total of 8 were won by a single goal.
UCI’S KLATT MILESTONE
Irvine head coach Dan Klatt reached his 100th overall win in his Big West career this season with a victory over UC Davis. 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.
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.