Aggies Open Conference Season This Week Against The Beach
Big West Women's Water Polo Weekly Release No. 9
A light week of action still has intriguing matchups for women's water polo, highlighted by Long Beach State visiting UC Davis for a conference showdown.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
The last two weeks have seen a pair of coaches reach career milestones. UC Irvine’s Dan Klatt became the first coach in league history to reach the 200 win plateau when the Anteaters downed CSUN in conference action. UCI was also involved in the other coaching milestone in a loss to Hawai’i. The Rainbow Wahine victory gave coach Maureen Cole win No. 100 for her career.
PAIGE HITS THE NETS
UC Davis’ Paige Virgil is one of the league’s most prolific scorers, having put 42 in the back of the net this season. Her shooting percentage is just as impressive as she putting away a robust 72.4% of her attempts.
PRENTICE PICKING UP THE SLACK
With Mary Brooks not playing this season, UC Irvine was looking for someone to pick up the offensive slack and several players have stepped up. Tara Prentice leads the way with 21 goals and Natalie Seidemann (19), Julie Swieca (18) and Allie Loomis (15) are not too far behind. In all seven players have double digit goals as the Anteaters have put 138 goals up on the board.
‘BOWS THE LEAGUE’S BEST
Hawai’i owns the league’s top record, putting up a 16-3 record which includes a win over defending regular season and Tournament champion UC Irvine. The Rainbow Wahine are the league’s top offensive club, having scored 230 goals for an average of 12.1 per contest. The ‘Bows get on teams early as 71 of their goals have come in the first period.
The current rankings haven’t changed too much for Big West clubs but all six remain ranked in the top 25, with two in the top 10. Hawai’i leads the way at #5 with UC Irvine at #7. UC Davis sits at #10, Long Beach State #15, UC Santa Barbara is #16 and CSUN sits at #19.
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.