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Junior Krista Schneider and the Tritons will play five games this weekend.

No. 11 Tritons Host Sonoma State, Play in Aztec Invitational This Weekend

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 11 (CWPA)
Overall: 13-9
WWPA: 1-0
Home: 4-2
Away: 0-1
Neutral: 8-6

THE SCHEDULE
Game 1
vs. Sonoma State (4-10)
Friday, March 9 • 6 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
Live Video

Game 2
Aztec Invitational
vs. RV Bucknell (7-7, 0-0 CWPA)
Saturday, March 10 • 12:30 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
Live Stats

Game 3
Aztec Invitational
vs. No. 19 CSUN (11-9)
Saturday, March 10 • 4:15 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
Live Stats

Game 4
Aztec Invitational
vs. No. 5 Hawai'i (12-3, 1-0 Big West)
Sunday, March 11 • 8 a.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
Live Stats

Game 5
Aztec Invitational
vs. No. 20 Harvard (12-4)
Sunday, March 11 • 2:30 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex • San Diego
Live Stats

THE WEEK AHEAD
No. 11 UC San Diego is set for a busy weekend, as the Tritons play host to Sonoma State on Friday, March 9, before competing in this weekend's Aztec Invitational starting on Saturday. UC San Diego opens Aztec Invitational play with two games on Saturday and two more on Sunday.

WATCH HOME GAMES LIVE AT UCSDTRITONS.TV
UC San Diego home matches will be streamed live at UCSDtritons.tv ($5.99) with Seth Smith calling all of the action from Canyonview Aquatic Center.

TRITON NOTES
The Tritons, currently ranked No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, have a 13-9 overall record heading into the weekend with eight victories over ranked opponents ... UC San Diego is led by freshman Taylor Onstott, who has a team-high 41 points on 28 goals with 13 assists assists ... Senior Kayla Fedler ranks second on the team in points (39), recording 30 goals and nine assists ... Freshman Grace Pevehouse has 37 points on the season with 24 goals and 13 assists ... Junior Krista Schneider has 33 points on the season, racking up a team-high 22 assists to go along with 11 goals ... Freshman Ciara Franke leads the Tritons with 38 steals, while sophomore Jessee Ransone is a perfect 5-for-5 in sprint opportunities ... In the net, sophomore goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher has an 8-4 record with 88 saves and a .518 save percentage ... In addition, freshman goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli has started eight games and has tallied 68 saves.

WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT
The 2018 Triton roster boasts 15 returners, including four All-WWPA honorees in sophomore utility Jessee Ransone, sophomore goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher, junior center Chanel Schilling and junior attack Krista Schneider. Ransone, selected to the WWPA All-Freshman team, tied a team-high with 29 assists as a true freshman, along with 12 goals and 33 steals. Gallagher, an All-WWPA second-team selection, started all 34 games in the net with 205 saves, 12 steals and 22 assists. Schilling, an ACWPC All-America and All-WWPA second-team selection, recorded 36 goals, 17 assists and 18 steals while leading the Tritons with 14 penalties drawn and 71 ejections drawn. Schneider, an All-WWPA honorable mention, led UC San Diego with 46 assists to go with 23 goals and 51 steals.

The Tritons have big shoes to fill after losing six seniors to graduation, including 2017 WWPA Player of the Year Lauren Boyer and first-team WWPA selection Alexis Wieseler. UC San Diego also lost Hanna Schneider, Connie Wu and Rachel Emami and WWPA honorable mention Lani Tittle, each of which left the program with four WWPA titles and four NCAA Championship appearances.

The Tritons are coming off a 19-15 season and their fifth-straight WWPA title in 2017. UC San Diego also hosted an opening-round National Collegiate Water Polo Championship game for the fourth year in a row.

ONSTOTT EARNS WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS ON FEB. 14
UC San Diego freshman Taylor Onstott was named WWPA Player of the Week on Feb. 14. Onstott recorded eight goals, six assists and six steals in five games during the 2018 Triton Invitational, including a hat trick with three goals, two assists and two steals in a thrilling overtime victory over No. 12 Indiana. The freshman also recorded two goals, one assist and three steals in a WWPA win over Cal State East Bay on Feb. 9. On the season, the Carlsbad native has scored 22 goals with 13 assists and 26 steals. 

HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP CLIMBS ALL-TIME WINS LIST 
Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his ninth season at the helm, and ranks second all-time in victories in UC San Diego women's water polo history with a record of 184-137 (.573). Kreutzkamp recently passed former head coach Larry Sanders' total of 180 wins amassed during his tenure from 2000-09. A four-time ACWPC Coach of the Year, Kreutzkamp has led the Tritons to five WWPA championships and five NCAA Championship appearances in his seven seasons. Last season, the Tritons captured their fifth straight WWPA title and sixth overall under Kreutzkamp's leadership, lifting UC San Diego to its sixth NCAA appearance. Kreutzkamp came to UC San Diego as an assistant coach with the women's team in 1999 before joining longtime head coach Denny Harper on the men's staff the following season. Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boy's and girl's varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.

TRITONS PICKED FIRST IN WWPA COACHES’ POLL
The UC San Diego women's water polo team was selected to capture the 2018 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches. It is the sixth-straight year and the seventh time in the last eight seasons UC San Diego has earned the top spot in the poll.

2018 WWPA Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll
1.  UC San Diego, 49 points (7 first-place votes)
2.  Cal State East Bay, 42 (1)
3.  Sonoma State, 37
4.  Fresno Pacific, 27
5.  Cal State Monterey Bay, 26
6.  Mercyhurst, 21
T-7.  Gannon, 11
T-7.  McKendree, 11

BIG (WEST) NEWS FOR UC SAN DIEGO ATHLETICS
On Nov. 27, UC San Diego was officially invited to become a member of the NCAA Division I Big West Conference. The Tritons will begin a four-year reclassification period starting in the fall of 2020 and will play a full Big West schedule. However, UC San Diego women's water polo joins the Big West Conference one year early in the fall of 2019. For the 2024-25 academic year, all sports will be eligible to compete in Big West and NCAA Division I championships. Read the full press release here.

GEAR UP
For the latest in Triton athletic gear, make sure to visit ucsdtritonsgear.com. Run by UC San Diego Athletics' online partner, Advanced-Online, the site provides an on-demand option for Triton athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products that can be processed and shipped within 24 hours.

FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
Got some young Triton fans in your family? If they are eighth grade or under, check out the Junior Triton Club. Membership includes a free t-shirt, admission to over 100 UC San Diego home athletic events, and much more!

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UP NEXT
Following this weekend's Aztec Invitational, UC San Diego will take a couple weeks off before playing host to WWPA foe Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday, March 25, beginning at 12 p.m.

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