Women's Water Polo Splashes into 2018
Big West Women's Water Polo Release No. 1
The 2018 women's water polo season comes alive this weekend as four clubs compete in tournament action. The weekend action is the start of the journey that ends in late April at UC Irvine at the Women's Water Polo Tournament.
AROUND THE BIG WEST
TOURNAMENT PLAY DOTS OPENING WEEK
Four teams will open the 2017 season in tournament play, three of which will be at home. UC Santa Barbara hosts the UCSB Winter Invite, while Hawai’i welcomes clubs to the island for the Rainbow Invite. CSUN and UC Davis will also be in competition as the Matadors will take part in the UCSB Winter Invite, while the Aggies will take the quick trip to San Jose for the Lou Tully Memorial Invitational hosted by San Jose State.
IN THE RANKINGS
The first Collegiate Water Polo Association rankings of the 2018 season have arrived and every team in the Big West is listed in the top 25. Hawai’i is the highest ranked at #6, followed by defending Big West champion UC Irvine at #7. Long Beach State checks in at #10, while UC Davis at #11, UC Santa Barbara at #19 and CSUN at #21 complete the league in the rankings.
CSUN senior Madeleine Sanchez took her place in Big West history as her 74 goals in 2017 rank eighth in a single season in Big West history. Her 2.55 goals per game average is fourth-best all-time.
BROOKS IS BACK FOR MORE
UC Irvine junior Mary Brooks wrote her name in the Big West Tournament record book after a six-score performance in the semifinals and a four-goal outing in the championship. Her 10 goals set a new Big West Tournament record as did her six scores against UC Davis in the semis. Brooks also received the Most Valuable Player award in the tournament for her standout efforts to add to her two-time Player of the Year honors (2016, 2017).
Ten players who earned either first or second team All-Big West honors return to the fold in 2018, six of those being first team honorees.
KLATT CLOSING IN
UC Irvine coach Dan Klatt, the winningest coach in league history, is closing in on another major milestone. Two more victories gives Klatt 200 for his career, making him the first coach in league history to attain the feat.