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Women's Water Polo

UC Santa Barbara Readies For NCAA Tournament

5/12/2016

Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 17
Big West Women's Water Polo Post-Season Honors

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos hit the pool for their first NCAA action Friday.

BIG WEST AT A GLANCE

GAUCHOS GET IT DONE

UC Santa Barbara made program history in the Big West Tournament, claiming its first-ever Big West Tournament crown at the eighth tournament since the league’s inaugural season in 2009.  The Gauchos went 3-0, first taking down #6 CSUN 8-4 and #2 UC Irvine in a thrilling 7-6 sudden victory to clinch the semifinal win.  UCSB then defeated defending tournament champion, #4 Hawai‘i, in a domineering 11-5 finish.  With the win, the Gauchos earned their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA TOURNAMENT BOUND
UCSB heads to Los Angeles for the NCAA women’s water polo tournament May 13-15.  The Gauchos will face No. 2 Stanford Friday afternoon at 1:45 pm PT to open Tournament action.

BEACH MAKES REGULAR SEASON HISTORY
Long Beach State made history of its own after wrapping up the regular season with a 4-1 mark in league to earn its first-ever Big West women’s water polo regular season title. 

TOURNAMENT CENTRAL

UC Santa Barbara will take a No. 7 rankingalt into the NCAA Tournament, a mark that ties its season-best in the national poll.  The Gauchos will face the two-time defending national champion to whom they fell 16-5 earlier in the year, however since that defeat, UCSB has gone 6-2.  The Gauchos have also held the opposition to an average of 5.2 goals scored during that stretch.

Big West Overall Tournament Record: 8-10
Best finish: 4th place (2012-UCI, 2013-UH)

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