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Sophomore Grace Pevehouse and the Tritons play three WWPA road games this weekend.

Pevehouse, No. 17 Tritons Set For Final WWPA Road Trip

UC San Diego

LA JOLLA, Calif. — The No. 17 University of California San Diego women’s water polo team is set for its Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) farewell tour this weekend, as the Tritons play three conference road games in a three-day stretch.

UC San Diego (13-12, 1-0 WWPA) takes on Cal State Monterey Bay on Friday, April 5, beginning at 6 p.m., before facing Cal State East Bay April 6 at noon and finishing off the weekend against Sonoma State on April 7 at 9 a.m.

It will be the Tritons’ final regular-season conference road games in the WWPA before moving to the Big West Conference next season. But before they look to the future, the team expressed appreciation for their current situation.

“We’re pretty excited about (this weekend),” said sophomore Grace Pevehouse. “We’re really thankful to be in the WWPA and everything they’ve done for us.

“It’s fun because I’m able to see where this program came from and where it’s going in the future.”

Conference play resumes at the perfect time for UC San Diego, which has won three-straight games and six of its last seven after wins last weekend against Brown and No. 25 California Baptist.

With just six games remaining before the WWPA Championship tournament on April 26-28, the Tritons appear to be finding their stride at the perfect time.

“We’ve had some pretty good team wins,” said Pevehouse. “Everyone was playing really well against Brown and CBU, and our defense was good against CBU. The fact everyone has been playing well is a good thing.

“Earlier in the season, I think we just weren’t playing well together yet. We had a lot of rust on us, and we kind of shook it off recently. We took a big turn and started playing together.”

Pevehouse has played a big role in the Tritons’ turnaround, scoring 13 goals over the last six contests. The sophomore from Tustin, Calif., matched a career-high with five scores in a win over future Big-West foe CSUN on March 9, en route to earning WWPA Player of the Week honors.

“It’s just good for me to do that for my team,” she said. “If that means I need to score, then I’ll score. I just want to help in any way I can.” 

An international studies-international business major at Sixth College, Pevehouse has a future career goal of owning a benefit corporation (B Corp), which commits to helping the community and environment. 

But for now, the focus is on maintaining momentum in the pool and working toward a seventh-straight WWPA championship.

“We’re excited to play some fun games up north and go out with a bang,” said Pevehouse.

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 17 (CWPA)
Overall: 13-12
WWPA: 1-0
Home: 4-3
Away: 1-1
Neutral: 8-8

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THE SCHEDULE
Game 26
vs. Cal State Monterey Bay 7-12 (0-0 WWPA)
Friday, April 5 • 6 p.m. PT
The Otter Tank • Seaside, Calif.
Watch | Live Stats

Game 27
vs. Cal State East Bay 11-11 (0-1 WWPA)
Saturday, April 6 • 12 p.m. PT
Pioneer Pool • Hayward, Calif.
Watch | Live Stats

Game 28
vs. Sonoma State 6-11 (1-2 WWPA)
Sunday, April 7 • 9 a.m. PT
Dr. G. Edward Rudloff Pool • Rohnert Park, Calif.
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 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. 17 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 25 for the second-consecutive week.
  • 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 29-consecutive WWPA regular-season contests and six of their last seven games overall.
  • UC San Diego swept two contests last weekend in Riverside, Calif., defeating Brown, 14-8, before knocking off No. 25 California Baptist, 14-4.
  • Sophomore Ciara Franke scored a total of eight goals in two victories last weekend, including a career-high five goals against Brown.
  • The Tritons won their WWPA opener against Fresno Pacific, 11-5, at home on March 8.
  • The Tritons have already faced six teams this season ranked in the top-10 of the CWPA Top 25 (USC, Cal, Hawai'i, Pacific, Michigan and UC Santa Barbara twice).
  • UC San Diego has also played and seven other opponents ranked in the top 25 (Loyola Marymount twice, Indiana, San Jose State, Wagner, Long Beach State twice, CSUN, Marist and California Baptist).
  • Sophomore Grace Pevehouse leads the Tritons with 42 goals and 53 total points, and was named WWPA Player of the Week on March 13.
  • Sophomore Taylor Onstott ranks second on the Tritons with 36 goals, 12 assists and 48 total points, and leads the team in steals with 27. 
  • Senior Krista Schneider has a team-high 16 assists and is tied for second on the team with 18 steals.
  • Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher is 6-4 in the net as a starter this season with 84 saves and a .492 save percentage.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli is 6-8 in the net this season as a starter, recording 109 saves with a .532 save percentage.

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WWPA Standings
1. Gannon: 2-0, 6-14
2. UC San Diego: 1-0, 13-12
3. Sonoma State: 1-0,6-11
4. Fresno Pacific: 1-1, 6-18
5. Mercyhurst: 0-0, 4-13
6. Cal State East Bay: 0-1, 11-11
7. Salem: 0-1, 9-12
8. McKendree: 0-1, 8-11
9. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-1, 7-13

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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
• Week 6: 14
• Week 7: 14
• Week 8: 17
• Week 9: 16
• Week 10: 17
• Week 11: 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 STATE MONTEREY BAY
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 7-12
• WWPA: 0-0 
• Home: 1-4
• Away: 2-3 
• Neutral: 4-5
• National Ranking: NR

ABOUT CAL STATE EAST BAY
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 11-11
• WWPA: 0-1 
• Home: 5-1
• Away: 1-2 
• Neutral: 5-8
• National Ranking: NR

ABOUT Sonoma State
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 6-11
• WWPA: 1-2 
• Home: 1-2
• Away: 0-4 
• Neutral: 5-5
• National Ranking: NR

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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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