Four Clubs Hit The Road For Tournament Play
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 3
In a bit of a rarity, all four women's water polo clubs this week will be on the road, facing off against stiff competition in and out of state. Long Beach State and UC Davis travel to Palo Alto for the Stanford Tournament, while Hawai'i heads to Tempe, Ariz., for the ASU Invtational. CSUN has the shortest journey as it heads to Thousand Oaks for a pair of neutral site matchups on Friday,
AROUND THE BIG WEST
THE BEACH BEGINS 2018
Long Beach State makes its anticipated 2018 debut with a pair of matches at the Stanford Invitational. The Beach will have tough opposition at the tournament, taking on #8 Pacific and the top-ranked host Cardinal. LBSU is led by Eirini Patras who led the Big West in saves (227) and compiled a 7.99 GAA on her way to league Freshman of the Year and first team All-Big West accolades.
SHARING THE GOALS
Last weekend was another big one for goals as several clubs put up impressive totals. UC Santa Barbara had top honors again as it put up 23 against Toronto. The Gauchos also has 15 and 13 goal efforts during its time at the Hoosier Invitational in Bloomington, Ind. UC Davis had an impressive goal-scoring surge as it put away 19 against Fresno State, while UC Irvine got 2018 off to a good start with a 13-goal showing against San Jose State.
TAKING IT AWAY
Hawai’i has only played three matches this year but it owns three of the top steals per game performers on the league leaderboard. Ymane Hage, Maartje Keuning and Irene Gonzalez all average 2.33 steals per game to lead the Big West. Their teammate Carmen Baringo isn’t too far behind in fifth at 2.00 steals per outing.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Big West hasn’t moved too much in the rankings, led by Hawai’i at #6, UC Irvine at #7, Long Beach State at #10 and UC Davis at #11. That quartet has remained in those slots over each of the first three polls put out by the Collegiate Water Polo Association. UC Santa Barbara continued its upward ascent as it is now ranked #13, while CSUN checks in at #23 to wrap up the league clubs in the top 25.
Nine players who earned either first or second team All-Big West honors return to the fold in 2018, five of those being first team honorees.
KLATT CLOSING IN
UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, the winningest coach in league history, is closing in on another major milestone. Two more victories gives Klatt 200 for his career, making him the first coach in league history to attain the feat.
The Big West Tour sponsored Fox PrimeTicket, Smile Generation and GEICO returns for 2018, running January 10th through March 3rd. Over the course of the Tour, Big West representatives will make stops at the eight Big West campuses in California, giving fans opportunities to win prizes from the Big West spin wheel.
The Big West Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament returns to Honda Center for the 2018 season, the event's ninthth year at the Anaheim-based arena. The tournament runs March 8-10, with the women's first and second rounds March 6-7 at Cal State Fullerton's Titan Gym and the women's semifinals and finals at Honda Center March 9-10. The entire men's tournment will be played at Honda Center March 8-10. For more information on the 2018 Big West Tournament please visit: www.bigwesttournament.com.