Jan. 22, 2008
WOODLAND, Calif. -
The California women's water polo team was predicted to tie for third place in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, according to a preseason coaches' poll released Friday. The Golden Bears, who tied with Stanford with 107 points, earned one first-place vote.
UCLA, which has won three straight national championships and return three scoring leaders from last season's squad, took first place in the poll with 132 points and 11 first-place votes.
The Cal women's water polo squad is in its third year under former Olympic men's water polo coach Richard Corso. The Golden Bears finished 12-11 overall and 6-6 in the MPSF last season, which was the program's 10th consecutive winning season.
Last season, the Bears outscored their opponents, 220-194, and produced seven double-digit scorers. Freshman two-meter Grace Reynolds paced Cal with a team-high 43 goals, which was good for 11th place in the MPSF.
Cal starts off its 2008 campaign thus Sunday in a nonconference match-up at UC Davis.
Rank Team Points (First-place votes) 1 UCLA 132 (11) 2 USC 116 3 California 107 (1) 3 Stanford 107 5 Hawaii 96 6 SDSU 78 7 SJSU 71 8 Arizona State 59 9 UC Irvine 56 10 Long Beach State 42 11 UC Santa Barbara 34 12 Cal State Northridge 27 13 Pacific 11