UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 11 (CWPA)
THE WEEK AHEAD
After a break in the schedule last weekend, UC San Diego is set to play host to Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) foe Cal State Monterey Bay on Sunday, March 25, in the Tritons' lone contest of the week.
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1. UC San Diego: 2-0, 17-10
2. Cal State East Bay: 2-1, 11-7
3. Fresno Pacific: 2-1, 8-13
4. Sonoma State: 1-2, 5-14
5. Mercyhurst: 0-0, 6-5
6. McKendree: 0-0, 7-10
7. Gannon: 0-0, 4-7
8. Sonoma State: 0-3, 4-14
GRACE PEVEHOUSE NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON MARCH 14
UC San Diego freshman Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Player of the Week honors on March 14, after scoring eight goals in four victories ranging from March 9-11. It was the first-career honor for Pevehouse and the Tritons' second this season after fellow freshman Taylor Onstott received the accolade on Feb. 14. The Tustin, Calif., native recorded a hat trick in two separate victories, scoring three goals in an 8-3 win against 19th-ranked CSUN and scored three more in a 7-5 victory over No. 20 Harvard. The freshman attacker ranks second on the team with 47 total points this season on 32 goals and 15 assists. In addition, Pevehouse has tallied 22 steals and has drawn 13 exclusions.
The Tritons, currently ranked No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, have a 17-10 overall record heading into the weekend with 10 victories over ranked opponents ... UC San Diego has won eight of its last nine games after going 3-1 in last weekend's San Diego State Aztec Invitational ... The Tritons are led by senior Kayla Fedler, who leads the team with 48 points on 38 goals with 10 assists ... Freshman Grace Pevehouse ranks second on the team in points (47), recording 32 goals and 15 assists ... Freshman Taylor Onstott is the Tritons' third-leading scorer, recording 46 points on 32 goals with 14 assists ... Freshman Ciara Franke has recorded a team-high 51 steals, while junior Chanel Schilling leads the team with 27 exclusions drawn.
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
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.
ABOUT THE OTTERS
Cal State Monterey Bay enters Saturday night's contest at San Diego State with a 4-14 overall record, and have lost four-straight games after winning the previous three in a row. Marisa Lovos leads the Otters with 32 points on 24 goals and eight assists, while Lucy Gates has tallied 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists.
UC San Diego is a perfect 12-0 all-time against Cal State Monterey Bay, with the Tritons defeating the Otters twice last season. UC San Diego earned a 20-8 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay in the first round of the WWPA Tournament on April 29, 2017, after knocking off the Otters, 16-2, on March 26, 2017.
HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP CLIMBS ALL-TIME WINS LIST
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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.
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Following this weekend's WWPA home contest, the Tritons head north for a two-game road trip against Fresno Pacific on March 30 followed by a matchup against Fresno State on March 31.