Hawai'i Earns No. 4 Seed to Face UC San Diego in the Big Dance
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HAWAI’I & IRVINE BATTLE TO THE END
Big West regular-season co-champs Hawai’i and UC Irvine were the top two seeds entering the Big West Women’s Water Polo Tournament and would battle in overtime of the championship match. The two teams faced off three times this season, all decided by one goal. This time the Rainbow Wahine ended up on top with a 5-4 advantage in the second overtime with a goal in the last minute. Senior Monika Eggens scored with 44 seconds left, later being crowned Tournament MVP.
BIG WEST ALL-CONFERENCE
Hawai’i tabbed two of the three Big West specialty awards in Player of the Year Monkia Eggens and Coach of the Year Maureen Cole, while Freshman of the Year went to UC Santa Barnara’s Samantha Murphy, the first Gaucho to receive this award. The honors continued with the announcing of the 2013 Big West All Conference teams with six of the eight squads represented in the first teamers list. The all-conference first team features UC Davis’ Carmen Eggert, who earned recognition for the second straight year, with both Hawai’i and UC Irvine leading all Big West schools with a pair of first-teamers, including Eggens and Amarens Genee of Hawai’i and Hannah Croghan with teammate Jillian Yocum of UC Irvine. Rounding out the first team was Long Beach State’s junior Chelsea Parks, San Diego State’s Amber Pezzolla and sophomore Marisa Young of Cal State Northridge.
HAWAI’I ADVANCES TO THE BIG DANCE
The Big West regular season shared title winners and Big West tournament champs, Hawai’i received the No. 4 seed going into the National Collegiate Women’s Water Polo Championship to be held at Harvard University May 10-12 in Boston, Massachusetts.
This is the fourth trip for the Warriors, the first as a member of the Big West Conference and first since the 2009 season. Hawai’i received the automatic berth in a second period overtime win over four-time champions UC Irvine, 5-4.
The Rainbow Wahine (21-9, 6-1) will face No. 5 seed UC San Diego (25-13) on Friday, May 10 at 4 pm PT. The teams met once this season where Hawai’i took the 9-6 win over the Tritons on March 30 in non-conference play in Honolulu, Hawai’i.
This will be the first NCAA Championship for head coach Maureen Cole, last was as an assistant in 2009 for the NCAA squad. The Rainbow Wahine have finished in fourth place in all three of its previous NCAA appearances (2005, '06, '09).