Tritons Earn No. 1 Seed in WWPA Championships
OAKLAND, Calif. — The University of California San Diego men’s water polo team will be the No. 1-seed in the 2018 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) Championships, starting Friday, Nov. 16, in Fresno, Calif.
The Tritons take on host and No. 8-seeded Fresno Pacific beginning at 9:30 a.m. The winner will face either No. 4 California Baptist or No. 5 Air Force on Saturday, Nov. 17, beginning at noon.
UC San Diego (16-5, 6-1 WWPA) is currently ranked 10th in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Top 20, with the latest poll set to be released on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The Tritons earned the No. 1 seed in the WWPA Championship for the first time since 2014 after beating UC Davis, 10-8, on Nov. 3. UC Davis will be the No. 2 seed with Loyola Marymount having the No. 3 seed.
UC San Diego was the No. 2 seed in both 2016 and 2017, and earned the No. 3 seed in 2015 when it last won the WWPA Championship tournament. In the process, the Tritons earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships and finished fourth in the nation.
UC San Diego has won six of its last seven games and is 10-5 this season against ranked opponents. The Tritons were picked to finish second in the WWPA Preseason Coaches Poll for the third-consecutive season on Aug. 30.
Sophomore Connor Turnbow-Lindenstadt leads UC San Diego with 87 total points on 61 goals with 26 assists, while junior Skyler Munatones ranks second with 65 points on 34 goals and a team-high 31 assists.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jack Turner has a team-best 20 steals this season despite missing four games, along with 198 saves and a .559 save percentage in the net.
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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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