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The Tritons won their seventh-consecutive WWPA Championship on Saturday, and the program's eighth all-time.

Seven-Up! Tritons Top Fresno Pacific for Seventh-Straight WWPA Championship

UC San Diego

GENEVA, Ohio — The Tritons are back on top!

The University of California San Diego women’s water polo team climbed back to the apex of the Western Water Polo Association on Sunday, winning the WWPA Championship with a victory over Fresno Pacific in the tournament final, 15-4, at the SPIRE Institute.

UC San Diego (21-13) wins the WWPA Championship for the seventh-consecutive season and eighth time overall, and will make its seventh-straight appearance in the National Collegiate Water Polo Championships. The Tritons will learn their NCAA fate during Monday evening’s NCAA Selection Show beginning at 5 p.m. PT.

Playing in their final season in the conference, the Tritons have now won 17 WWPA tournament games in a row and 45-consecutive WWPA contests overall.

Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher finished with 11 saves and three steals en route to being named WWPA Championship MVP. Sophomore Ciara Franke recorded three goals with four steals on Sunday, while senior Shelby Stender and sophomore Taylor Onstott also had three scores.

Sophomore Tera Richardson had two goals with two assists. Senior Chanel Schilling and sophomore Grace Pevehouse scored one goal apiece, and joined Gallagher on the WWPA All-Tournament First Team.

Onstott was named to the WWPA All-Tournament Second Team.

Savannah Mangrum scored three goals to lead Fresno Pacific (10-20).

Sunday’s game was close early on after consecutive goals by Mangrum tied the score midway through the first quarter, 2-2. However, the Tritons scored the game’s next 11 goals. Onstott’s score off an assist from senior Riley Heiduk capped off scoring surge, extending the lead to 13-2 with 4:17 left to play.

WWPA All-Tournament Team

MVP:
Reilly Gallagher, UC San Diego

First Team:
Reilly Gallagher, UC San Diego
Grace Pevehouse, UC San Diego
Chanel Schilling, UC San Diego
Sam Witt, Fresno Pacific
Savannah Mangrum, Fresno Pacific
Kelly Fehr, Gannon
Daniela Passoni, Cal State East Bay
Ivanna Anderson, Cal State East Bay

Second Team:
Taylor Onstott, UC San Diego
Emily Westlove, McKendree
Sarah O’Keefe, Mercyhurst
Jordan “JoJo” Williams, Sonoma State
Maryana Antoniou, Salem
Marisa Lovos, Cal State Monterey Bay
Campbell Ruh, Gannon
Adrien Van Dyke, Cal State East Bay
Madeline Frey, Fresno Pacific

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country.  The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in summer 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference.  UC San Diego student-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's preeminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent.  A total of 80 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 36 have earned prestigious NCAA Post Graduate Scholarships.  In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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