The UCLA women's water polo team won its fifth consecutive NCAA championship Sunday afternoon, defeating top-seeded USC, 5-4, at College Park, Md. Senior Tanya Gandy led the Bruins (25-6) with three goals, and senior goalkeeper Brittany Fullen collected 12 saves.
The Bruins, seeded third, also received one goal each from senior Anne Belden and sophomore Priscilla Orozco.The title is the 11th national championship for the women's water polo program and its seventh NCAA title.
"It may be one of the most improbable wins that we've had," Coach Adam Krikorian said. "I knew going into the game that defense was going to be the key. I knew that we were going to have a hard time scoring 11 goals like we did [in the semifinals], and so I knew we had to play good defense."
Even though SC was ranked #1 there is absolutely no dishonor in losing to a team like ucla. Krikorian has really put together a great program over there. As much of a disappointment its was it doesn't take away from SC beating ucla in track last week...That's a BIG deal! Congrats to the Ladies for getting to the title game.
The other shoe that fell was that UW upset the #7 Ladies Tennis team.
The Trojans fell to 21-3, their 13-match win streak ending. Washington, which lost to USC 4-3 earlier this season in one of USC's closest matches, improves to 18-7 and advances to the Round of 16, where it will face South Carolina.
Washington captured the doubles point thanks first to the work of Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy, who dispatched of USC's Sarah Fansler and Lyndsay Kinstler, 8-1. The Huskies' Venise Chan and Aleksandra Malovic went up 7-0 against Troy's Alison Ramos and Maria Sanchez before the Trojan doubles pair rallied to within 7-4. But the USC tandem could not complete the comeback, ultimately falling 8-4.
And finally Baseball continues to struggle after being swept by CSUN...There really isn't anything more to say.
So, a lot of disappointment this weekend but I am happy that SC continues to be in the mix. Sooner or later things will break our way.