No. 11 UC San Diego Heads North for Road Games Against Fresno Pacific, Fresno State
UC SAN DIEGO VITALS
National Rank: 11 (CWPA)
THE WEEK AHEAD
After earning a victory over Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) foe Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend in its return from finals break, 11th-ranked UC San Diego hits the road for a conference match against Fresno Pacific on Friday, March 30, before taking on Fresno State in a non-conference game on Saturday, March 31.
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1. UC San Diego: 3-0, 18-10
2. Cal State East Bay: 2-1, 12-8
3. Fresno Pacific: 2-1, 8-13
4. Sonoma State: 1-2, 5-14
5. Mercyhurst: 0-0, 6-5
6. McKendree: 0-0, 7-10
7. Gannon: 0-0, 4-7
8. Cal State Monterey Bay: 0-4, 4-16
The Tritons, currently ranked No. 11 in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) poll, have an 18-10 overall record heading into the weekend with 10 victories over ranked opponents ... UC San Diego has won nine of its last 10 games after defeating Cal State Monterey Bay last weekend, 15-3 ... The Tritons are led by senior Kayla Fedler, who has a team-high 51 points on 40 goals with 11 assists ... Freshman Grace Pevehouse ranks second on the team in points (47), recording 32 goals and 15 assists ... Freshman Taylor Onstott is the Tritons' third-leading scorer, recording 46 points on 32 goals with 14 assists ... Freshman Ciara Franke has recorded a team-high 51 steals, while junior Chanel Schilling leads the team with 27 exclusions drawn.
GRACE PEVEHOUSE NAMED WWPA PLAYER OF THE WEEK ON MARCH 14
UC San Diego freshman Grace Pevehouse earned WWPA Player of the Week honors on March 14, after scoring eight goals in four victories ranging from March 9-11. It was the first-career honor for Pevehouse and the Tritons' second this season after fellow freshman Taylor Onstott received the accolade on Feb. 14. The Tustin, Calif., native recorded a hat trick in two separate victories, scoring three goals in an 8-3 win against 19th-ranked CSUN and scored three more in a 7-5 victory over No. 20 Harvard. The freshman attacker ranks second on the team with 47 total points this season on 32 goals and 15 assists. In addition, Pevehouse has tallied 22 steals and has drawn 13 exclusions.
WHO'S BACK, WHO'S NOT
The 2018 Triton roster boasts 15 returners, including four All-WWPA honorees in sophomore utility Jessee Ransone, sophomore goalkeeper Reilly Gallagher, junior center Chanel Schilling and junior attack Krista Schneider. Ransone, selected to the WWPA All-Freshman team, tied a team-high with 29 assists as a true freshman, along with 12 goals and 33 steals. Gallagher, an All-WWPA second-team selection, started all 34 games in the net with 205 saves, 12 steals
The Tritons have big shoes to fill after losing six seniors to graduation, including 2017 WWPA Player of the Year Lauren Boyer and first-team WWPA selection Alexis Wieseler. UC San Diego also lost Hanna Schneider, Connie Wu and Rachel Emami and WWPA honorable mention Lani Tittle, each of which left the program with four WWPA titles and four NCAA Championship appearances.
The Tritons are coming off a 19-15 season and their fifth-straight WWPA title in 2017. UC San Diego also hosted an opening-round National Collegiate Water Polo Championship game for the fourth year in a row.
ABOUT THE SUNBIRDS
Fresno Pacific has lost six of its last seven games overall, including four-straight defeats against ranked opponents at the Loyola Marymount Invitational on March 16-17. Sophomore Sam Witt leads the Sunbirds this season with a team-high 66 points on 35 goals and 31 assists, while senior Julia Ponce has recorded 54 points on 30 goals with 24 assists. In addition, sophomore Savannah Mangrum has racked up a team-best 36 steals.
UC San Diego is a perfect 3-0 all-time against Fresno Pacific, with the Tritons defeating the Sunbirds 13-2 in their last matchup on March 28, 2014.
ABOUT THE BULLDOGS
Fresno State has lost three-straight games and eight of its last nine heading into Wednesday night's home game against Santa Clara. The Bulldogs lost a close game to Azusa Pacific, 9-8, in its last game on March 16. Freshman Callie Woodruff leads Fresno State with 30 points this season on 25 goals with five assists, while freshman Claire Schade has tallied 22 points on 12 goals and a team-high 10 assists. In addition, freshman Emily Nicholson has recorded 19 points on 16 goals with three assists and a team-best 14 steals.
UC San Diego has never faced Fresno State.
HEAD COACH BRAD KREUTZKAMP CLIMBS ALL-TIME WINS LIST
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TRITONS PICKED FIRST IN WWPA COACHES’ POLL
The UC San Diego women's water polo team was selected to capture the 2018 Western Water Polo Association (WWPA) title according to a preseason poll of the league's coaches. It is the sixth-straight year and the seventh time in the last eight seasons UC San Diego has earned the top spot in the poll.
2018 WWPA Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. UC San Diego, 49 points (7 first-place votes)
2. Cal State East Bay, 42 (1)
3. Sonoma State, 37
4. Fresno Pacific, 27
5. Cal State Monterey Bay, 26
6. Mercyhurst, 21
T-7. Gannon, 11
T-7. McKendree, 11
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 joins the Big West Conference one year early in the fall of 2019. 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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Following this weekend's road trip, the Tritons take a week off before preparing for a big road game at UC Irvine on April 13.