College NCAA Water Polo (Women)

No. 1 USC continues domination, Stanford and California with no mistake (VIDEO)

Photo: Stanford women's water polo/Facebook

The USC Trojans continued a domination in the NCAA water polo competition for ladies. The team of the University Southern California took the top spot in the latest Collegiate Water Polo Association(CWPA) rankings (as of April 18). Past weekend, the Trojans continued its unbeaten run and secured the top seed in the MPSF Tournament in Berkeley (April 27 – 29).

USC hosted No. 4 UCLA in the last home game this season. The home team controlled the match from the beginning and built a 3:0 lead in the second period. The Bruins tried to come back, but they were able only to reduce a gap (5:3) early in the third period. USC responded strongly. The hosts, led by senior Hayley McKelvey, who scored her career-high five goals, rushed to 9:3 by the last break. The last quarter was balanced. The Trojans maintained a 6-goal advantage and earned an 11:5 win. USC closed out the regular season with an excellent 21-1 record (5-0 MPSF), while UCLA went to 21 – 5.

USC 11:5 UCLA
(2:0, 3:1, 4:2, 2:2)

 

Video source: USC Athletics/YouTube channel

No. 2 Stanford and No. 3 California didn’t have hard tasks last weekend.

California visited No. 9 UC Davis. The Golden Bears had no mercy. They recorded a 15:6 win. The hero of the victory was Cal’s senior Dora Antal, a member of the national team of Hungary. She scored five goals to climb into the 13th place in the all-time MPSF scoring list, with 238 goals in the career.

Early in the second half, the home team 4:6 down. California responded with four goals in a row (10:4) and cruised to a 15:6 win.The Bears improved their record to 18 – 4, while UC Davis fall to 18 – 10

The team of California ended the regular season in the 2nd place in the MPSF league and it has a first-round bye at the MPSF tournament at its own pool.

California 15:6 UC Davis
(1:1, 4:1, 5:2, 5:1)

 

No. 19 San Jose State hosted No. 2 Stanford in the last match of the MPSF league regular season. The Cardinal didn’t let San Jose surprise the favorite. After the first quarter, Stanford was 3:0 up. By the end of the third the visiting side built an 8:1 lead and secured a big win (9:2), despite it didn’t show an excellent play in attack. Stanford converted just one of ten 6-on-5 chances. As usual, the top scorer was Makenzie Fisher (5 goals).

The Cardinal completed the regular season with a 16 – 2 record. The two losses the team suffered in the MPSF league. USC beat Stanford by a three-goal margin (8:5), while California defeated the Cardinal in the opening encounter of the MPSF play (8-7 in sudden-death overtime ).

Stanford 9:2 San Jose State
(3:0, 2:1, 3:0, 1:1)

 

Rankings and schedule

 

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (April 23)

USC (5 – 0 MPSF, 21 – 1 overall)
California (4 – 1 MPSF, 18 – 4 overall)
Stanford (3 – 2 MPSF, 16 – 2 overall)
UCLA (2 – 3 MPSF, 21 – 5 overall)
Arizona State (1 – 4 MPSF, 15 – 8 overall)
San Jose State (0 – 5 MPSF, 9 – 17 overall)

Recent MPSF results: USC (h) – UCLA 11:5, Stanford – San Jose State (h) 9:2

Schedule of the MPSF Tournament (Berkeley)
April 27: No. 3 Stanford– No. 6 San Jose State (Game 1), No. 4 UCLA – No. 5 San Jose State (Game 2).
April 28: No. 1 USC – winner Game 2, No. 2 California – winner Game 1.
April 29: The final and the game for the 3rd place.

Big West (April 23)

Hawaii (5 – 0 Big West, 20 – 4 overall)
UC Davis (3 – 2 BW, 18 – 10 overall)
UC Irvine (3 – 2 BW, 11 – 13 overall)
UC Santa Barbara (2 – 3 BW, 15 – 12 overall)
Long Beach State (2 – 3 BW, 11 – 13 overall)
CSUN (0 – 5 BW, 15 – 16 overall)

Latest result: UC Irvine (h) – Long Beach State 11:8

Collegiate Water Polo Association (April 18)

1. (2) USC (MPSF) 100 points
2. (1) Stanford (MPSF) 96
3. (3) California (MPSF) 92
4. (4) UCLA (MPSF) 88
5. (5) Hawai’i (Big West) 84
6. (6) Arizona State (MPSF) 80
7. (7) Pacific (Golden Coast) 76
8. (8) UC Irvine (Big West) 69
9. (9) UC Davis (Big West) 64
10. (11) Princeton (Collegiate D1) 64

(ranking previous week)

The USC Trojans will be the hosts of the NCAA championship (May 11 – 13)

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