UC Santa Barbara Hosts Winter Invite
Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 2
BIG WEST AT A GLANCE
SOPHOMORE NETS CAREER-HIGH
UC Davis sophomore center McKenna Hauss scored a career-high five goals versus San Jose State, Sunday. The second year netted a collective 10 scores in her first collegiate campaign bringing her career total to 15.
DAVIS COMPLETES FIRST WEEK OF PLAY
The Aggies struggled against ranked competition in the first week of the 2017 season going 0-4 at the LouStrong Memorial Tournament in San Jose, Calif. Davis will return to the pool after a week off on Jan. 18 versus CSUN at the Cal Tournament.
DEFENDING CHAMPS HOST INVITE
UC Santa Barbara will open the 2017 season in the same pool it clinched its first-ever Big West Tournament title last spring. The Gauchos welcome 10 teams with top 25 rankings in the Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Preseason Poll as it hosts its annual UCSB Winter Invite.
BACK IN ACTION
Hawai‘i and CSUN will also appear at the UCSB Winter Invite to kick off the new year. Hawai‘i received the highest preseason ranking at No. 6 while CSUN came in at No. 23 in the national poll.
2016 NCAA RECAP
UC Santa Barbara finished seventh in the NCAA Tournament at the program’s first-ever trip to the Big Dance. The Gauchos went 1-2 after falling to No. 2 Stanford 12-5 and No. 10 UC San Diego 10-5 before defeating No. 13 San Diego State 8-2.
MAKING HISTORY IN 2016
UC Santa Barbara made program history in the 2016 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. 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.
#Big5: Five Things You Need To Know This Week
• All six Big West programs have received a top 25 ranking in the first Collegiate Water Polo Coaches poll of 2017
|Hawai'i at No. 5
• After a 20-8 campaign in 2016, the Rainbow Wahine are ranked No. 5 in the first national weekly poll
|Hauss Nets Career-High
• UC Davis sophomore McKenna Hauss netted a career-high 5 goals against San Jose State
• Hawai'i, CSUN and UC Santa Barbara kick off the 2017 campaign THIS weekend
| You're Invited
• Defending Big West Tournament champion, UC Santa Barbara, hosts its annual Winter Invite Friday through Sunday