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Senior Chanel Schilling and the Tritons are set for the Barbara Kalbus Invite this weekend.

No. 17 Tritons Set For Matchup vs. No. 4 Cal at Barbara Kalbus Invitational

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 17 University of California San Diego women's water polo team will compete with some of the top teams in the nation this weekend at the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, hosted by UC Irvine.

UC San Diego (4-6) begins tournament play against No. 4 California on Friday, Feb. 22, beginning at 1:45 p.m. Depending on the outcome, the Tritons will face either No. 5 Hawai'i or No. 13 San Jose State in the second round on Saturday morning.

The Tritons are coming off a 12-6 home loss to No. 12 Loyola Marymount on Feb. 15, and coach Brad Kreutzkamp believes this weekend will be among the their biggest challenges of the season.

"It's the hardest tournament of the year for us," said Kreutzkamp. We haven’t been playing up to our potential, so this should really test us. We'll see if we’re improving.

"I’ve seen a ton of indications that we're ready to turn the corner. We just have to put one complete game together."

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: T-17 (CWPA)
Overall: 4-6
WWPA: 0-0
Home: 3-3
Away: 0-0
Neutral: 1-3

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THE SCHEDULE
BARBARA KALBUS INVITATIONAL (UC IRVINE)
Game 11
vs. No. 4 Cal  (7-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Friday, Feb. 22 • 1:45 p.m.
UC Irvine Aquatics Complex • Irvine

Game 12
vs. No. 5 Hawai'i/No.13 San Jose State
Saturday, Feb. 23 • 9:45 a.m.
UC Irvine Aquatics Complex/Corona del Mar pool • Irvine

Game 13
vs. TBD
Saturday, Feb. 23 • TBD
UC Irvine Aquatics Complex/Corona del Mar pool • Irvine

Game 14
vs. TBD
Sunday, Feb. 24 • TBD
UC Irvine Aquatics Complex/Corona del Mar pool • Irvine

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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 will join the Big West Conference in the spring of 2020 and immediately resume its eligibility to compete in the NCAA Championship. 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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TRITON NOTES

  • The Tritons are ranked No. T-17 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) 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 already faced three teams this season ranked in the top-10 of the CWPA Top 25 (No. 1 USC, No. 5 Hawai'i and No. 7 UC Santa Barbara), and five other opponents ranked in the top 25 (No. 12 Loyola Marymount, No. 13 Indiana, No. 14 Wagner, No. 16 Long Beach State and No. T-25 Marist).
  • Sophomore Taylor Onstott leads the Tritons with 24 total points with 14 goals and 10 assists, as well as a team-best 16 steals.
  • Sophomore Ciara Franke has recorded a team-high 15 goals and is second on the team with 18 total points and 10 steals.
  • Senior Krista Schneider ranks second on the team with nine assists and is tied for fourth with eight steals.

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

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UC SAN DIEGO NATIONAL RANKINGS
For full rankings click here.
• Preseason: 15
• Week 1: 21
• Week 2: 21
• Week 3: 20
• Week 4: T-17
• Week 5: T-17

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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 CAL
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 7-1
• MPSF: 0-0 
• Home: 4-0
• Away: 0-1 
• Neutral: 3-0
• National Ranking: 4

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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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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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