Photo by: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego Publications
No. 13 UCSD Begins Postseason Play by Hosting 2014 WWPA Championship
Release: Thursday 04/24/2014 

vs. TBA
Saturday, April 26 • 3 p.m.
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
WWPA Championship • Homepage

vs. TBA
Sunday, April 27 • TBD
Canyonview Aquatic Center • La Jolla
WWPA Championship • Homepage

No. 13 UC San Diego (24-10, 4-0 WWPA) earned the No. 1 seed at the WWPA Championships this weekend on Apr. 25-27. The winner of the WWPA title will earn the conference's automatic bid into the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship Tournament on May 9-11 at Uytengsu Aquatics Center in Los Angeles. Check out the tournament homepage for WWPA Championships by clicking here. Check out the tournament homepage for WWPA Championships by clicking here.

General admission tickets can be purchased for $10 dollars at the entrance of Canyonview Aquatic Center. Children (under 12), seniors (65 and older) and students (with a valid student ID) can purchase tickets for $5 dollars at the gate. Tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate one hour prior to game time. There will be no advance sales of tickets for the general public. All tickets are single-day, general admission and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The ticket box office will close at halftime of the final game each day. No complimentary tickets shall be issued for the WWPA Championship.

After completing conference play with a perfect 4-0 record, the Tritons earned a first-round bye and are automatically in the WWPA semifinal game on Saturday, April 26 at 3 p.m. The championship game will be played on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. with the winner heading to the NCAA Championship on May 9-11.  UCSD will be attempting to reach the championship for the third time in four years, previously competing in 2011 and 2013. The highest finish was last season, as the Tritons took sixth.

2013 - UC San Diego
2012 - Loyola Marymount
2011 - UC San DIego
2010 - Loyola Marymount
2009 - Loyola Marymount
2008 - UC Davis
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2006 - UC Davis
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UCSD’S Sarah Lizotte was tabbed the WWPA Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while six other Tritons were honored by the league Wednesday. Melissa Bartow and Courtney Miller joined Lizotte on the WWPA First Team. In addition, Jolene Guiliana and Alexis Wieseler were awarded WWPA Second Team honors and Julia Kirkland was a member of the Third Team. Lauren Boyer was the conference’s Newcomer of the Year after earning a place on the All-Freshman Team. The seven Tritons honored by the league marks a program record for head coach Brad Kreutzkamp.

In the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll released Ap. 23, UCSD was slated tied for No. 13 in the nation. The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 this season, which marks the highest ranking since head coach Brad Kreutzkamp took over the program in 2010.

1. UC San Diego: 4-0, 24-10
T-2. Cal State East Bay: 2-2, 14-13
T-2. Cal State Monterey Bay: 2-2, 9-16
T-2. Sonoma State: 2-2, 7-20
5. Cal State San Bernardino: 0-4, 3-22

Leah Gonzales scored a pair of goals and dished out an assist as UCSD defeated No. 19 San Diego State, 8-5, in the 13th annual Harper Cup last Friday night at Canyonview Aquatic Center in front of a crowd of 761. The win marks the first ever Harper Cup victory for the Tritons in the 13-year history. Gonzales was named the Harper Cup’s Most Valuable Player for her production on both ends of the pool. She is the second Triton to ever be named the MVP, as Sarah Lizotte earned the honor in 2012. The win also snapped UCSD’s 21-game losing streak against the Aztecs. The Tritons were led by Gonzales’ two scores, as well as two goals apiece from Alexis Wieseler, Julia Kirkland and Jolene Guiliana. Courtney Miller was strong in the cage and contained the Aztec offense all night to finish with 13 saves. The Harper Cup is named for UCSD’s men’s water polo coach Denny Harper, who played at San Diego State and graduated as an undergraduate in 1978. He established the SDSU women’s water polo club team and went on to coach UCSD’s women’s team to five collegiate national championships from 1985-1999.

Sarah Lizotte was named the WWPA Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 31-Apr. 6. The senior powered UCSD to a 4-0 weekend that included three wins over WWPA foes Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay and Cal State East Bay. The final victory came against non-conference opponent Pacific. Lizotte totaled 13 goals and eight assists in the four wins. The Riverside native led off the weekend with a two-goal performance against Sonoma State before recording a hat trick, along with three assists, against CSUMB. She followed with four goals and an assist against CSUEB. In the final win against Pacific, Lizotte totaled four goals and dished out four assists in the 13-11 win.

Jolene Guiliana was named the WWPA Player of the Week for the week of Mar. 13. The Irvine native totaled nine goals and five assists in four games for UCSD. In a 16-1 win over Occidental, Guiliana totaled a hat trick of goals to go along with three dimes. She followed with a career-high five goals and an assist in a win against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 18-9. The following day, the junior scored a pair of goals and dished out a helper in an 11-6 victory over Pomona-Pitzer. It marked the first such honor of her career.

Courtney Miller was named the Kap7/Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Player of the Week for the week of Feb. 24. The sophomore from Honolulu, HI led No. 11 UCSD to an upset of No. 6 Hawaii at the UCI Invitational. Miller finished with 63 saves at the four game Invitational and recorded double-digit blocks in each game. Miller recorded a career-high 20 saves in the 10-9 sudden death victory over Hawaii in the opener. She followed with a 13-save performance against No. 3 UCLA in an 8-6 loss. Miller finished out the Invitational with 13 blocks against No. 7 Arizona State and 17 saves against No. 10 CSU Northridge.

Sarah Lizotte was named a San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February. Lizotte totaled 27 goals in February with nine multi-goal efforts, as the Triton women’s water polo team picked up seven wins, including five over top-20 squads. During the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9, the product of Riverside (Riverside Poly HS) broke UCSD's career scoring and assists records in front of the home crowd at Canyonview Aquatic Center as well. The San Diego Hall of Champions honors outstanding athletes from San Diego, as well as athletes who have achieved stardom for local teams.

Sarah Lizotte broke the UCSD all-time career scoring and assists records at the Triton Invitational on Feb. 8-9. The senior has scored 302 career goals to pass Triton Hall of Fame member, Olympian and former captain of the U.S. National Water Polo team Julie Swail's record of 245. Lizotte also passed Jamie Dailey's mark of 125 assists to put her total at 169. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67).Check out the U-T San Diego’s piece on her accomplishments by clicking here.

Seniors Melissa Bartow and Allison Delgado were designated as captains for the 2014 season. The two veterans were also captains last season.

UCSD has been slated to finish first in the 2014 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) standings according to the league’s annual preseason coaches’ poll. The defending WWPA champion Tritons were a unanimous pick to reclaim the title in 2014 after garnering the maximum 16 points, including four first-place votes. Sonoma State was picked second and earned 12 points, while Cal State East Bay followed with 11 points in third. The Pioneers also received the final first-place vote. Rounding out the standings, Cal State Monterey Bay (6) was fourth and Cal State San Bernardino (5) was picked fifth.

The Tritons return many key players for the 2014 campaign, highlighted by Sarah Lizotte. The senior from Riverside was named the 2013 NCAA Division II Player of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPAC), Division II All-American First Team, Division I All-American Honorable Mention, WWPA Player of the Year and All-WWPA First Team after scoring 92 goals and dishing out 67 assists, both single-season UCSD records. The Tritons also return sophomore Courtney Miller in the cage, who was named All-American First Team and All-WWPA First Team after setting the school single-season record for saves at 317. UCSD also returns senior Melissa Bartow (All-American First Team, All-WWPA First Team), sophomore Alexis Wieseler (All-American Second Team, All-WWPA Honorable Mention), senior Leah Gonzales, junior Jolene Guiliana and sophomore Julia Kirkland.

The Tritons have reached as high as No. 6 in the national rankings in 2014 ... UCSD has won seven-straight games … The Tritons are outscoring opponents 108-58 in the opening quarter …  UCSD is currently shooting .410 as a team … The Tritons have converted 98 six-on-five advantages compared to the opponents 78 … Sarah Lizotte has scored 302 career goals, good for first in school history to break Julie Swail’s record of 245. Lizotte also sits in first with 169 assists to pass Jamie Dailey’s mark of 125. She also currently holds the UCSD single-season record for goals (92), attempts (228) and assists (67) … Melissa Bartow has drawn 269 ejections in her career, which marks the UCSD all-time career record. Bartow is currently the UCSD all-time career leader in penalties drawn (39) as well. She has drawn 10 penalties in 2014, good for fifth on the all-time single season list  … Leah Gonzaels ranks 10th on UCSD’s all-time career assists list with 97 … Courtney Miller holds the UCSD single-season record of saves (374) and sits in fourth in career saves with 674. She has 304 blocks on the year, which puts her in third on the all-time single season list. She recorded a career-high 20 saves against Hawaii (2/22) … Jolene Guiliana also shares the UCSD single-season assists record (67) with Lizotte, and sits in sixth (65) on the single-season steals list … Alexis Wieseler sits in seventh on the UCSD single-season goals list (72) … The Tritons sport 21 California natives on their roster, with Courtney Miller (Honolulu, HI), Lauren Boyer (Honolulu, HI) and Nicole Gerwin (British Columbia, Canada) the three players from out of state.

UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp is in his fifth season leading the Tritons. He has compiled a career record of 107-78, with a winning percentage of .573. In his four seasons at the helm, Kreutzkamp has led UCSD to a pair of Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships and two appearances at the NCAA Championship. In his fourth season, Kreutzkamp led UCSD to an NCAA Championship berth after knocking off Loyola Marymount, 10-8, in the Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title game. The 12th-ranked Tritons finished a program-best sixth place at NCAA Championship and closed the season with a 26-15 overall mark, recording the most wins since the 1994 national championship squad went 28-2. He was honored as the Division II Coach of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) and was also named WWPA Coach of the Year. In 2012, Kreutzkamp led the Tritons to their most wins since 2003 in his third season at the helm. UCSD finished 21-14 overall and narrowly missed their second straight trip to the NCAA Championship.  He guided the Tritons to an 18-20 overall record in 2011, leading the Tritons to their first WWPA title since 2000 and the school’s first appearance at the NCAA Championship in program history. Kreutzkamp came to UCSD 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. Prior to his arrival on the La Jolla campus, Kreutzkamp was the head coach of both the boys and girls varsity programs at Grossmont High School from 1996-99.

Cal State Monterey Bay enters with a 9-17 overall record and finished with a 2-2 mark in WWPA play. Offensively, the Otters are led by Adrianna Craft’s 33 goals. Samantha Whitecotton (25), Bree Hogervorst (22) and Ashton Palmer (21) are the three other CSUMB offensive threats with 20 or more goals on the year. Amanda Jennings spearheads the defense in the cage and has totaled 300 blocks on the season. The head coach of the Otters, in his ninth year, is Gary Figueroa.

UCSD holds a perfect 7-0 all-time record against Cal State Monterey Bay.

Cal State East Bay enters with a 15-13 overall record and finished at 2-2 in CCAA play. CSUEB is led by Sara Hudyn’s 73 goals. Taylor Cross is the team’s second-leading scorer with 31. Marrina Nation spearheads the defense inside the cage. Nation has totaled 265 saves on the season and sports a 9.32 goals against average. The head coach of the Pioneers, in her 12th season, is Lisa Cooper.

UCSD holds a perfect 8-0 all-time series record against Cal State East Bay.

Sonoma State enters with a 7-20 overall record and finished with a 2-2 mark in WWPA play.  The Seawolves are led by Noelle Herrera’s 40 goals and Brittny Hummel’s 18 assists offensively. Kim Covert and Andrea Mallul split time in the cage and have recorded 68 and 132 saves, respectively. The head coach of SSU, in her seventh season, is Coralie Simmons.

UCSD holds a commanding 15-1 all-time series record against Sonoma State.

Cal State San Bernardino enters with a 3-22 overall record and finished with a mark of 0-4 in conference play. The head coach of the Coyotes, in her fourth season, is Sarah Reneker.

UCSD holds a perfect 20-0 all-time series record against CSUSB.

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