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Sophomore Grace Pevehouse and the Tritons play host to Hawai'i in the 2019 home opener on Sunday.

No. 21 Tritons Take on future Big West foe No. 5 Hawaii in Sunday's Home Opener

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 21 University of California San Diego women's water polo team gets a good early season test this weekend, as the Tritons take on No. 5-ranked and future Big West Conference foe Hawai'i in their home opener at Canyonview Aquatic Center on Sunday, Feb. 3, beginning at 2 p.m.

Live stats will be available here.

UC San Diego (1-3) is coming off a full week to rest and prepare following the UCSB Winter Invite on Jan. 19-20. The Tritons have won eight-straight homes games, which includes postseason play, as well as eight-consecutive home openers.

Senior Shelby Stender led the way in UC San Diego's victory over Azusa Pacific on Jan. 19, recording a hat trick with three goals along with an assist and a steal. The Oakdale, Calif., native finished the weekend with a total of six goals, three assists and three steals en route to being named Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week.

Sunday's matchup will be UC San Diego's fourth game this season against a ranked opponent, and second against a team ranked in the top five. 

Prior to the start of the season, Triton head coach Brad Kreutzkamp said he's particularly excited about sophomore Ciara Franke's potential for this season. The San Diego native who also is a member of the UC San Diego swim and dive team has a team-high seven goals through four games this season.

"I'm really impressed with the improvements (Franke) has made," he said. "She’s been one of our go-to players, but she is now in great shape with a year of college, a year of weight training and a year of being on the swim team under her belt.

"She is fast, strong and playing with a ton of confidence."

Following this weekend's action, UC San Diego hosts the 2019 Triton Invitational on Feb. 9-10 at Canyonview Aquatic Center.

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 21  (CWPA)
Overall: 1-3
WWPA: 0-0
Home: 0-0
Away: 0-0
Neutral: 1-3

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 5
vs. No. 5 Hawai'i (4-0, 0-0 Big West)
Sunday, Feb. 3 • 2 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
Live Stats

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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 in the spring of 2020. 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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SHELBY STENDER NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON JAN. 23 
After leading the Tritons to their first win of the 2019 season, senior Shelby Stender earned Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week honors on Jan. 23. Stender recorded a hat trick with three goals along with an assist and a steal in a 13-5 victory over Azusa Pacific on Jan. 19 at the UCSB Winter Invite. The Oakdale, Calif., native finished the four-game weekend with a total of six goals, three assists and three steals.

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TRITON NOTES

  • The Tritons are ranked No. 21 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Preseason Top 25.
  • UC San Diego has won six-consecutive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championships en route to six-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • The Tritons have won eight-straight home games at Canyonview Aquatic Center, which includes postseason play.
  • UC San Diego has won eight-consecutive home openers.
  • The Tritons have faced three teams ranked in the CWPA Top 25, including No. 1 USC, No. 13 Indiana and No. 14 Wagner.
  • UC San Diego has begun the 2019 season 1-3, earning a 13-5 victory over Azusa Pacific on Jan. 19.
  • Sophomore Taylor Onstott leads the Tritons in total points with nine on six goals and three assists.
  • Sophomore Ciara Franke has recorded a team-high seven goals and has eight total points.
  • Senior Shelby Stender is tied with Onstott for a team-best three assists, and is tied with Franke for second on the team with eight points.
  • Senior Maddy Wieseler leads the team with six steals and has drawn a team-best nine exclusions.

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WWPA Standings
1. UC San Diego: 0-0, 1-3 
2. Cal State East Bay: 0-0, 1-0
3.  Gannon: 0-0, 0-0
4.  McKendree: 0-0, 0-0 
5.  Mercyhurst: 0-0, 0-0
6.  Salem: 0-0, 0-0 
7.  Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-0, 0-1
8.  Sonoma State: 0-0, 0-3
9.  Fresno Pacific: 0-0, 0-4

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UC SAN DIEGO NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason: 15
• Week 1: 21
• Week 2: 21

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MEET THE 2019 TRITONS
The Tritons return five starters and 17 players total from last season’s squad, including All-WWPA First-Team selections senior Chanel Schilling, senior Krista Schneider and junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher. Sophomore Grace Pevehouse earned All-WWPA Honorable Mention in 2018, while Taylor Onstott was named WWPA Newcomer of the Year and joined Ciara Franke on the WWPA All-Freshman Team. In addition, sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli was named WWPA Championship MVP.

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ABOUT HAWAI'I
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 4-0
• Big West: 0-0 
• Home: 0-0 
• Away: 0-0 
• Neutral: 0-0 
• Highest National Ranking: 5

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2019 WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll (first-place votes)
1. UC San Diego - 64 points, (8)
2. Cal State East Bay - 57 points, (1)
3. Sonoma State - 44 points
4. Fresno Pacific - 42 points
5. Cal State Monterey Bay - 40 points
6. Mercyhurst - 28 points
7. McKendree - 21 points
8. Gannon - 15 points
9. Salem - 13 points

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2018 YEAR IN REVIEW
UC San Diego is coming off a 24-12 campaign in 2018 and a berth in the NCAA Opening Round. The Tritons defeated 11 ranked opponents and won their sixth-consecutive WWPA Championship en route to a sixth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Five Tritons received ACWPC All-America accolades last season, including first-team selections Kayla Fedler and Chanel Schilling, second-team choices Krista Schneider and Reilly Gallagher, and honorable mention Taylor Onstott. Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp was named WWPA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in nine seasons at the helm, as he also moved up into second place all-time in coaching victories for the program. 

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HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP 
Head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his 10th season at the helm, and ranks second all-time in victories in UC San Diego women's water polo history with a record of 200-140 (.588). Last season, Kreutzkamp 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 and four-time WWPA Coach of the Year, Kreutzkamp has led the Tritons to seven WWPA championships and seven NCAA Championship appearances in nine seasons. Last season, the Tritons captured their sixth-straight WWPA title and seventh overall under Kreutzkamp's leadership. A former head coach of both the boy's and girl's varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99, 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. You can read Kreutzkamp's complete bio here.

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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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