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Junior attack Shelby Stender and UC San Diego host the Triton Invitational this weekend.

No. 15 UC San Diego Takes on Cal State East Bay, Hosts Triton Invitational This Weekend


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National Rank: T-15 (CWPA)
Overall: 3-5
WWPA: 0-0
Home: 0-0
Away: 0-1 
Neutral: 3-4

Game 1
vs. No. RV Cal State East Bay (2-1, 0-0 WWPA)
Friday, Feb. 2 • 4 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla

Game 2
Triton Invitational
vs. No. 12 Indiana (5-1, 0-0 CWPA)
Saturday, Feb. 10 • 9:20 a.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla

No. T-15 UC San Diego plays host to Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) foe No. RV Cal State East Bay on Friday, Feb. 9, beginning at 4 p.m. It is the first WWPA contest of the season for both teams. In addition, UC San Diego hosts the Triton Invitational this weekend starting on Saturday, Feb. 10. The Tritons begin tournament play against No. 12 Indiana, with the match scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m. Live stats for the contest against Indiana will be available here.

The following teams will also compete in this weekend’s Triton Invitational: No. 6 Arizona State; No. RV Cal State East Bay; No. 23 CSUN; No. RV Iona; No. 11 Long Beach State; No. T-19 Loyola Marymount; No. 18 San Diego State; Santa Clara; Sonoma State; No. 10 UC Davis; No. 7 UC Irvine; No. 4 UCLA; No. T-13 UC Santa Barbara; No. T-2 USC.

The University of California San Diego women's water polo team has been 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

The UC San Diego women's water polo team continues its 2018 season this weekend as it hosts the Triton Invitational. The Tritons, ranked tied for No. 15 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, began the season at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational on Jan. 20-21 before competing in the Arizona State Cross Conference Challenge on Feb. 3-4. UC San Diego (3-5) started the season by defeating Azusa Pacific, 9-8, before dropping three-straight matches against opponents ranked in the top 15. The Tritons bounced back by defeating No. 21 Princeton and No. 20 Loyola Marymount at the Cross Conference Challenge.

Senior Kayla Fedler leads the Tritons with 10 goals on the season, while freshmen Grace Pevehouse and Taylor Onstott have recorded seven scores apiece. In addition, junior Shelby Stender has scored six goals, junior Krista Schneider has tallied four goals with a team-high two assists and freshman goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli has recorded 26 saves in five appearances (three starts).

The Tritons are coming off a 19-15 season and their fifth-straight Western Water Polo Association (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.

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.

UC San Diego head coach Brad Kreutzkamp enters his ninth season at the helm. The four-time ACWPC Coach of the Year has led the Tritons to five WWPA championships and five NCAA Championship appearances in his seven seasons. The Tritons are 176-128 (.579) overall during his tenure. Last season, Kreutzkamp's team captured its 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.

RV Cal State East Bay was picked to finish second behind UC San Diego in the WWPA Coaches’ Poll, receiving one first-place vote. The Pioneers are 2-1 this season after earning a hard-fought victory over Santa Clara, 11-10, on Feb. 3. Junior goalkeeper Makenna Nation was named WWPA Player of the Week on Jan. 7 after recording a season-high 11 saves in the win against Santa Clara.

UC San Diego is a perfect 15-0 all-time against Cal State East Bay, with the last meeting resulting in a 13-8 Triton victory on March 27, 2017.

No. 12 Indiana is 5-1 this season and has won four-consecutive games after sweeping its Hoosier Invite on Jan. 27-28. Senior goalkeeper Jessica Gaudreault earned CWPA Defensive Player of the Week honors on Feb. 1, after recording 24 saves in four games.

UC San Diego is 10-10 (.500) all-time against Indiana with the last meeting resulting in a Hoosiers victory, 8-6, at the UC Santa Barbara Winter Invitational on Jan. 20.

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 Triton Invitational, UC San Diego plays host to California Baptist on Saturday, Feb. 17, beginning at noon.


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