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The Tritons face No. 1 USC in the NCAA Quarterfinals on Friday.

Tritons Clash With No. 1 USC in NCAA Quarterfinal Friday at Noon

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STANFORD, Calif. —The No. 14-ranked University of California San Diego women's water polo team is set for its biggest challenge on the biggest stage, as the Tritons take on defending national champion and No. 1-ranked USC in the National Collegiate Water Polo Quarterfinals on Friday, May 10, beginning at 12 p.m. PT at Avery Aquatic Center.

Friday's contest is the second meeting this season between the two teams, and will be streamed live here with live stats here.

The winner takes on either No. 4 Cal or No. 5 Hawai'i in the semifinals on Saturday at 3 p.m. PT. You can view the full bracket here.

UC San Diego (22-13) is competing in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third time in the last seven seasons, with the last occurrence coming in 2016.

The Tritons are coming off an exciting victory over Wagner, 12-8, in the opening round on Tuesday, and are unfazed by the challenge the Trojans (26-1) present.

"We know who we are," said UC San Diego head coach Brad Kreutzkamp. "We're going into the Big West next year and we want to represent the WWPA one last time.

"We're going to give USC everything we've got." 

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UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 14 (CWPA)
Overall: 22-13
WWPA: 4-0
Home: 5-4
Away: 5-1
Neutral: 12-8

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THE SCHEDULE
National Collegiate Water Polo Championship
Tournament Central
Game 3 - NCAA Quarterfinals
vs. No. 1 USC
Friday, May 10 • 12 p.m. (PT)
Avery Aquatic Center • Stanford, Calif.
Watch LiveLive Stats

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NATIONAL POLL
UC San Diego is currently ranked No. 14 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) national rankings. It's the highest ranking this season for the Tritons, who have been ranked 14th for four-consecutive weeks. USC is ranked No. 1 in the nation. To view the complete rankings click here.

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SEVEN-UP! TRITONS WIN WWPA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SEVENTH-STRAIGHT YEAR
UC San Diego won its seventh-straight Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championship and eighth in the last nine seasons at the 2019 WWPA Championship in Geneva, Ohio. The tournament's No. 1 seed behind a perfect 4-0 regular season record in WWPA play, the Tritons cruised to a 20-5 quarterfinal win over Cal State Monterey Bay before knocking off No. 4-seed Gannon, 20-5, in the semifinals. UC San Diego capped off the weekend with a 15-4 victory in the championship game against Fresno Pacific. Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher was named WWPA Championship MVP, while senior Chanel Schilling and sophomore Grace Pevehouse both joined Gallagher on the WWPA All-Tournament First Team.

UC San Diego 20, Cal State Monterey Bay 5
UC San Diego 20, Gannon 5
UC San Diego 15, Fresno Pacific 4

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SENIOR CHANEL SCHILLING NAMED WWPA CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior Chanel Schilling was named WWPA Co-Player of the Year on April 24 after finishing the season with 28 goals, two assists and a team-high 44 drawn exclusions. Sophomores Bennett Bugelli and Ciara Franke both joined Schilling on the All-WWPA First Team, while sophomores Taylor Onstott and Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Honorable Mention and Maddie Bockman was named to the All-Freshman Team.

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FINAL WWPA Standings
1. UC San Diego: 4-0, 18-13

2. Gannon: 3-0, 7-14
3. Fresno Pacific: 3-1, 8-19
4. Salem: 2-1, 13-12
5. Cal State East Bay: 2-2, 13-14
6. McKendree: 1-2, 11-13
7. Sonoma State: 1-3, 7-14
8. Mercyhurst: 0-3, 6-16
9. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-4, 7-16

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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

  • UC San Diego has advanced to the National Collegiate Water Polo Quarterfinals for the third time in the last seven seasons.
  • The Tritons has won seven-consecutive Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) championships en route to seven-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.
  • UC San Diego are ranked No. 14 in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 25 for the fourth-consecutive week. It matches the highest UC San Diego has been ranked this season.
  • The Tritons defeated Wagner, 12-8, in the NCAA Opening Round on May 7. Senior Shelby Stender matched a career-high with four goals.
  • UC San Diego has won six-straight games and 12 of its last 13 contests overall.
  • Senior Chanel Schilling was named WWPA Co-Player of the Year after finishing the regular season with 34 goals, two assists and a team-high 48 drawn exclusions.
  • Sophomores Bennett Bugelli and Ciara Franke joined Schilling on the All-WWPA First Team, while sophomores Taylor Onstott and Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Honorable Mention and Maddie Bockman was named to the All-Freshman Team.
  • Junior goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher was named WWPA Championship MVP, while Schilling and sophomore Grace Pevehouse joined Gallagher on the WWPA All-Tournament First Team.
  • The Tritons have faced seven teams this season ranked in the top-10 of the CWPA Top 25 (USC, Cal, Hawai'i, Pacific, Michigan, UC Irvine 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).
  • Pevehouse leads the Tritons with 61 goals and 74 total points.
  • Onstott ranks second on the team with 55 goals, 17 assists and 72 total points, and leads the Tritons with 36 steals. 
  • Franke is third on the team with 53 goals, 63 total points and 30 steals.
  • Senior Krista Schneider has a team-high 28 assists and is third on the team with 27 steals.
  • Sophomore goalkeeper Bennett Bugelli is 11-9 in the net this season as a starter, recording 164 saves with a .575 save percentage.
  • Gallagher has a 10-4 record as a starter, amassing 129 saves with a .524 save percentage.

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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
• Week 12: 14
• Week 13: 14
• Week 14: 14
• Week 15: 14

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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 USC
Roster | Schedule | Statistics 
• Overall: 26-1
• MPSF: 5-1
• Home: 3-1
• Away: 5-0
• Neutral: 18-0
• National Ranking: 1

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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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GEAR UP
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FOR THE YOUNGER CROWD
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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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