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Senior Kayla Fedler and the Tritons split their first two games of the 2018 season at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational.

No. 16 Women's Water Polo Splits First Two Games at UCSB Winter Invite


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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The No. 16 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team split its first two games at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational on Saturday.

UC San Diego (1-1) won its first game of the day, defeating Azusa Pacific, 9-8.

Junior Shelby Stender, senior Kayla Fedler and freshman Taylor Onstott each scored two goals in the victory, while freshman goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli recorded 10 saves. Freshman Grace Pevehouse finished with a team-high two assists, while Onstott and Stender tallied three steals apiece.

The Tritons converted 4-of-10 power play opportunities, and have now won three-consecutive season openers.

UC San Diego jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first quarter, but Azusa Pacific rallied in the second quarter and the Tritons led at halftime, 5-4. Each team scored two goals apiece in both the third and fourth quarters.

In the second game of the day, the Tritons fell short against No. 13 Indiana, 8-6.

Fedler led UC San Diego with four goals and three steals, while junior Krista Schneider recorded three assists.

The two teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the first quarter before Indiana outscored UCSD by two in both the second and third quarters to take a 7-3 lead after three. The Tritons outscored the Hoosiers 3-1 in the fourth quarter, but were unable to tie the score in the final minutes as they fell to 10-10 all time against Indiana.

Up next, UC San Diego continues play in the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational on Sunday when the Tritons take on No. 8 Michigan at 8 a.m., followed by No. 3 UCLA at 2 p.m.

Box Score
UC San Diego 9, Azusa Pacific 8
UCSD 4 1 2 2 — 9
Azusa Pacific 1 3 2 2 — 8

UCSD: Stender 2, Fedler 2, Onstott 2, Franke, Ransone, Pevehouse.
Azusa Pacific: Adams, Alcaraz Mireia, Bradley, Alvarez Mar 2, Harris.

UCSD: Gallaher 5, Bugelli 10
Indiana: Young 2

No. 13 Indiana 8, No. 16 UC San Diego 6
UCSD: 2 0 1 3 — 6
Indiana: 2 2 3 1 — 8

UCSD: Fedler 4, stender 1, Pevehouse 1.
Indiana: Young 3, Abarta 2, Powell, Nacouzi, Williams

UCSD: Gallagher 5, Bugelli 4.


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