Tritons Draw Rematch With Wagner in NCAA Opening Round
INDIANAPOLIS — The University of California San Diego women’s water polo team will take on Wagner in a National Collegiate Water Polo Championship Opening-Round contest on Tuesday, May 7, at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center, beginning at 12 p.m. PT.
It’s the seventh-consecutive year UC San Diego (21-13) has qualified for the NCAA Tournament, and the third-straight season it faces Wagner (30-9) in the opening round. The Tritons are 6-4 all-time against Wagner, which won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) for the sixth year in a row.
The winner of Tuesday’s opening-round game advances to face No. 1-seed USC in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday, May 10, beginning at 12 p.m. PT.
UC San Diego, five-time national champions, is coming off its seventh-consecutive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championship after defeating Fresno Pacific, 15-4, on April 28 in Geneva, Ohio.
Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher tallied 26 saves over the three-game tournament en route to earning WWPA Championship MVP honors. In addition, senior Chanel Schilling and sophomore Grace Pevehouse were named to the All-Tournament First Team, with sophomore Taylor Onstott landing on the second team.
Schilling received WWPA Player of the Year accolades on April 24, and was joined by sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli and sophomore center Ciara Franke on the All-WWPA First Team. Pevehouse and Onstott were both named All-WWPA Second Team, while Maddie Bockman garnered WWPA Honorable Mention.
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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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