No. 13 UC San Diego (21-12, 6-0) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (6-25, 0-6)
Friday, April 19 - 6:00 p.m.
Canyonview Pool - La Jolla, Calif.
No. 13 UC San Diego (21-12) vs. No. 8 San Diego State (21-9)
Saturday, April 20 - 1:00 p.m.
Aztec Aquaplex - San Diego, Calif.
With 21 wins already in 2013, UCSD has set a new record for most victories in a single season since head coach Brad Kreutzkamp took the reins in 2009… It also marks the first 20-win season since going 24-14 in 2003… After finishing the weekend with a perfect 3-0 record, including a top-10 win over No. 9 Long Beach State, the Tritons reached a new high at No. 13 in this week’s national rankings… It marks the highest team ranking since 2006.
FINAL TUNE UP
Friday’s game with Cal State San Bernardino marks the final regular season conference game in the WWPA. The two squads last regular season meeting came at the 2012 Bronco Invite at Santa Clara. 11 different players scored en route to UCSD setting a season high for goals in the 26-5 victory. Colette Gulick scored a game-high four goals.
UCSD plays its final regular season game Saturday at No. 8 San Diego State in the annual Harper Cup. The rivalry recognizes the influence of current UCSD Men's Coach Denny Harper on the development of both programs.
In the only match between the squads this season on Mar. 28 in Hawaii, Melissa Bartow scored a pair of goals and Leah Gonzales and Jolene Guiliana each dished out a pair of assists, but the Tritons fell short, 9-5. UCSD was 1-for-4 in 6-on-5 situations while SDSU converted three of its four man-up situations.
The Aztecs are coming off a 8-6 win over No. 20 Pacific at the Aztec Aquaplex. The week before, SDSU dropped a 8-6 decision to No. 16 UC Santa Barbara. Amber Pezolla leads SDSU with 66 goals with a .418 shot percentage.SDSU went 2-2 at the Triton Invitational Feb. 9-10, recording wins over Santa Clara and Long Beach State in overtime.
Although the Harper Cup has been decidedly one-sided with the Aztecs winning each of the 11 previous encounters in the Cup. Last year, despite the loss, Sarah Lizotte scored a game-high four goals to tie Julie Swail's 1995 regular-season record for goals scored with 84. In addition, Lizotte was named co-MVP along with SDSU's Amber Pezzolla, who scored three goals for the Aztecs' win. This marked the first time co-MVPs have been named for the Harper Cup and the first instance in which a Triton has earned the honor.
COACH K ON TWITTER
You can now follow UCSD head coach Brad Kreutzkamp and get his own perspective on the team through Twitter. Follow @UCSDcoachK all season for an in-depth look inside the Triton women's water polo program. In addition, you can always keep in touch with UCSD Athletics through @UCSDtritons and facebook.com/UCSDtritons.
KAP7 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Starting goalie Courtney Miller has been named Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) KAP7 Player of the Week. The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon. The freshman posted 12 saves, two assists and one steal in the 9-7 upset victory over No. 9 Long Beach State at Canyonview to begin the weekend. She came away with tournament MVP honors after UCSD took the title of the inaugural CCAA Championship Invite with wins over Cal State Monterey Bay (14-3) and Cal State East Bay (9-8). With a weekend high 13 saves against CSUEB, Miller finished up with 31 saves. Her season total now stands at 293, good for No. 2 in the program’s Single Season top-10 record book.
Miller received Player of the Week honors earlier this season, on Mar. 20, after leading UCSD to a 4-0 showing at the San Diego State Aztec Invitational, totaling 38 saves in four full games of play.
UC San Diego Athletics is excited to announce the launch of UCSDTritonsGear.com, which provides a web-based, on-demand option for UCSD athletic apparel and merchandise. Fans have access to over 600 products, including special event and championship gear.
SANTA CLARA TO HOST 2013 WWPA WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIPS, APRIL 26-28
Santa Clara will be hosting the 2013 WWPA Championship Tournament Apr. 26-28 at Sullivan Aquatic Center. For ticket pricing, schedule information, etc., please visit the WWPA conference website.
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